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



I think your consultant could do with some lessons in manners for a start off.
I suppose it always feels like criticism to them, in  that what they offer
isn't good enough.  I can't think of any reason why people who are suppose to
be caring and in partnership with the patient would be like that.  I would
just go for it and don't sink to her level and when you go back in x number of
months time with your pump, just be polite and one day she might be
interested.    I guess this would be the reaction of my clinic too.  Why
should you feel guilty for wanting the best care possible for you and your
daughter.  Just put in behind you and work towards the next step.

By the way, I would have thought your blood pressure would be off the scale
when she took it.  I am sure mine would be!

Jackie



----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 30 May 2002 19:06
Subject: [IPk] What my doctor said when I asked about the pump


> 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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