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Re: [IPk] Pump appointment at Treliske

> Hi Hilly

I really feel for you and what you're going through. I had an eating
disorder over twenty years ago now but the feelings never go away totally.
I did put weight on at that time - after being in hospital for a month etc
but another major turning point for me was a couple of years ago when my
kidney function got really bad. I had already lost a kidney through TB
(the anorexia followed on from this) and my other kidney was failing. It
gave me such a wake up call as I realised that my life was more important
than simply my weight. I did put nearly a stone on and I wasn't on the
pump then just MDI but my bloods got better (not perfect which is why I
got the pump) but enough to stabilise my kidney function. I have since
been assessed for a kidney and pancreas transplant and my sister is
matched as a kidney donor but so far I do not need it. These are not the
only complication I have (bleeds in the eye etc)

I'm sure you do and I really know it's not that easy but please try to
think of the long term effects rather than the immediate effect of weight
gain. I do try to minimise calories by treating hypos with just lucozade
etc but you can always lose any extra few pounds after you have gained
control of your diabetes.

Take care

Dear  All
> Apart from my diabetes I also have some other health problems, such as
> depression and anxiety. I also have an eating disorder which I am
> currently
> managing very well and have done for the last 6 months, but has seen me
> drop
> to about 6 stone (5ft 4)  last year.
>  The reason I am writing is I had an appointment with the pump consultant
> today and he has decided to postpone putting me on a pump for at least a
> further 12 months or until my general mental health has improved. Although
> bitterly disappointed by the outcome of today I have to say I agree as I
> think
> he understood how difficult it is for me to maintain any kind of weight
> gain
> already achieved - 8 stone now!
> I agree with the decision, as I said, but I still came out and cried my
> heart
> out as im frustrated with myself for not being stronger. I will now have
> to
> lose this consultant as he only does the pump clinics which is also
> upsetting
> as he's really good at his job.
> My blood sugar levels are still mostly 15 -25.0 (12%)and his point was if
> I
> went on the pump and had a target of even .
> 8% I would inevitably gain more weight. I really dont want this as it may
> undermine the "good" work Ive already achieved in regard to my mental
> health.
> I know some weight gain is expected as I am just running high at the
> moment,
> hence further weight loss is happening due to my poor control but I
> wondered
> what other people's experience was of how much weight they gained as a
> result
> of pump therapy? Say in ther first 6 months?
> Thanks, Hilly
> p.s I really did try and keep this brief!! :)
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