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Re: [IPk] Pumping in Hospital

Hi Susan

I am sorry for your truly awful experience in hospital. I have not been to 
hospital since being diagnosed and I don't want to.

I think your problem applies not just to dmers on pumps but to all dmers.  
We need to have the full attention of a dm specialist while we are on 
hospital as the nurses, as you say, have no idea.

How we go about this with lack of NHS funding I don't know.

I just hope that not too many of us have to go through what you went 

>From: "Susan Morrow" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPk] Pumping in Hospital
>Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 08:41:42 -0700
>I had the unfortunate experience of being admitted to hospital last week 2
>weeks after giving birth due to a complcation arising after child birth. I 
>to have a general anaesthetic so had to fast overnight. I was allowed to 
>using my pump until 7am on the day of the operation after which I was 
>to an insulin and dextrose drip using actrapid and a sliding scale.
>Initially, I was quite happy with this as this is the standard protocol for
>treating diabetics who require anaesthetics. However, I was not allowed 
>on to my pump until the following morning in case I felt sick and couldn't
>eat. At the time I agreed to this as I was in a lot of pain and was pretty
>much out of it after the anaesthetic and morphine. However, I was shocked 
>the lack of knowledge shown by the nursing and medical staff. The dextrose
>drip only lasted for 4 hours and each time it ran out it took up to 45 mins
>for someone to change the bag. During this time an alarm was sounding
>continually and I was still receiving insulin. This, on top of hourly BM
>tests, was bad enough during the day but when it occured during the night 
>was awful. I tried to explain the consequences of just receiving insulin 
>no dextrose to the nurses but they kept telling me not to get anxious! Of
>course on each occassion I went hypo about 1-2 hours later and they then 
>to reduce the insulin dose and give me lucozade. Then 1-2 hours later guess
>what, I would have a high BM so the insulin dose would be put up. I was
>absolutely fed up with this and the hourly BM tests and by 3am I was ready 
>burst with anger. Apart from the fact that I was getting no sleep, my baby 
>being disturbed every hour and was extremely unsettled. As I was attached 
>the drips I couldn't even manage to life her out of the cot so it was very
>Eventually, I lost my patience and went mad  insisting that they take the
>drips down and let me put my pump back on but of course they wouldn't and I
>had to put up with it until after breakfast.
>What really annoys me is that during all of this no one really trusted my
>judgement. I am sure that I have lots more knowledge of diabetes than most 
>the staff in the hospital yet they insisted that they had to follow the
>I am terrified in case I have to go into hospital again as I don't want to
>have a repeat experience. Has any other pump user had an anesthetic and if 
>how was your diabetes treated in hospital? I would really appreciate any
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