Re: [IPk] Re - Pump
Thanks, Di. Yes, 'the doctor can't tell you much about how to control
diabetes day-to-day, s/he's mostly there to order, conduct and look at
the results of tests and forward you on to specialists' just about
covers my experience!
It does make me wonder why they are paid so much - it seems to me that a
practice nurse at my gp's could do as much. But maybe I've just had
good luck with nurses and bad luck with diabetologists!
In message <email @ redacted>, Diana Maynard
<email @ redacted> writes
>Well they are trained to spot complications in the first place, which is
>probably what was meant. It is your consultant who does the tests for
>kidneys, nerves, BP, etc and who diagnoses most of the complications.
>They may continue to manage them unless they get severe, at which point
>they will refer the person to the appropriate specialist.
>My consultant did the eye tests (though not now) and manages my kidney
>problems and does all the MOT tests.
>I think those who have difficulty with the basics are more likely to be
>taught by the DSN, e,g, measuring BG, exercising, diet etc. The
>consultant will deal with anything that needs prescribing though
>(changes of insulin and other medication)
>Pat Reynolds wrote:
>>In message <000301c63d27$7f964050$email @ redacted>, Elizabeth
>>O'Shea <email @ redacted> writes
>>>Someone here, don't remember if it was on list or off list, pointed out to
>>>me that consultants are trained to manage complications and not day-to-day
>>>living with diabetes
>>But how can this be true? Complications are managed by a completely
>>different set of consultants: I go to an eye consultant with my diabetic
>>retinopathy, not my diabetologist. The same would be true for kidney
>>problems, nerve problems, etc.
>>Perhaps what the person meant was that they are trained to manage those
>>who are having great difficulty with the basics (e.g. not knowing how to
>>measure their blood glucose, not knowing that exercise is good, etc.)
>>which means they are more likely to get complications?
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