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Re: [IPk] What my doctor said when I asked about the pump



Barbara

Go for it and prove her wrong it is so annoying that these so called 
specialists are so narrow minded and are not prepared to even discuss 
anything different.



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Reply-To: email @ redacted
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IPk] What my doctor said when I asked about the pump
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 14:06:56 EDT

Hello everyone

You might recall that my daughter (Danielle) is hopefully going to have a
trial on the pump soon and that I am diabetic as well.  Well, I had my usual
clinic appointment today and requested that I see the main consultant rather
than her understudies.  I have had a miscarriage since she last saw me so 
she
must have thought that was why I was down to specifically see her.  She 
asked
me if I have got over it and I said "Oh yes, I haven't let it get to me
because I have to stay in control for my diabetic child" and she quite
agreed.  She asked me how I have been keeping, etc and I showed her my
results (which are usually very good) and she was quite happy with them.  I
said "There's something I want to put to you but I don't know how you will
take it" and went on to say "I want to go on the pump and wondered if you
would still be prepared to see me at the clinic because I would have full
support from the pump suppliers and their nurse".  She asked "What do you
think the pump can do for you?".

I said "Well, I have been taking injections for 28 years and it would give 
me
a break, better quality of life, better HBA1c results, control of my weight
and not have to keep watching the clock for mealtimes because of the insulin
on board that is waiting to be fed" and she opened my file at my HBA1c 
result
from last time and said "Well your result last time was 6.6 so you can't get
better than that and what makes you think you can control your weight?" so I
said "Well because the insulin won't be hanging around all day and I will
just be taking fast-acting as and when I need it" so she said "No, the 
pump's
way of administering the insulin will still put weight on you".  I said
"Anyway, my daughter is going on the pump and we would be better off pumping
together and helping each other".  She said "I hope you find it as rosy as
you think it's going to be".  I said "I will and I will prove it next time I
see you".

She said "Well, I will write a letter to Royal Liverpool Hospital and get 
you
seen over there and then I will still see you at my clinic for the usual
check-ups but we will not be going to any meetings or going on any courses
because it would be a waste of time when we are not likely to be having any
patients on the pump".

I had my blood pressure checked and she gave me a card for another HBA1c in
October and off I went.

Is this the norm?

Barbara
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JOANNE


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