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Re: [IPk] Serious idea, need feedback

Yeah I was jokeing, and I accept that we can never get a real 'diabetic'
experience, but it would give them a lot more of an idea.

At 10:54 25/05/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>I don't think that a non-diabetic could truly get the whole 'diabetic' 
>experience even while wearing a pump for a few weeks.  You can't recreate 
>the feelings of hopelessness that you have sometimes, fear of complications, 
>frustration when your bg's are not where you want them....the most you can 
>expect is that these people understand the little inconveniences and day to 
>day activities involved with wearing a pump.  Inducing hypo and hypers is a 
>bit on the extreme side if you think about it (even if I have wished it to 
>happen to others so they wouldn't look at me like I was crazy and moody for 
>no good reason;).  Would you require doctors and nurses caring for people 
>with cancer to try chemotherapy, radiation treatments, induce pain and 
>nausea....Yikes!? But you were just joking about all that ...right.
>>What I am suggesting is that Minimed/Disetronic may loan a pump for the
>>period of say 3 weeks so that the medical people could to there normal life
>>having it strapped to them.   It is totally impossible to give a real life
>>view by just wearing it for a few days.  If I was going to go on the pump
>>and was told that the person training me had used the pump in real life
>>(weeks not days) I would have a lot more trust in the person, also it would
>>allow the med to understand the physical as well as the psychological
>>aspects of pumping.  The psychological aspects are far more important an
>>area to watch as "thoughts trigger feelings"
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