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RE: [IPk] doctors



This is a sad but all to common indictment.
I admit to having worked as a CNS in diabetes and being type 1, however, I
kept my professional role & personal life separate, as it also isn't always
that helpful to have professionals commenting on their personal experiences
either. I do agree though an 'inside knowledge' is both a very useful and
empathic tool if used appropriately. Health Professionals do on the whole
try to be as empathic as possible, however there will always be experiences
of the 'judgemental and stigmatising type' which we all hope are in the
minority.

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Abigail King
Sent: 10 November 2000 20:05
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IPk] doctors


Elizabeth
I couldn't agree with you more. I sometimes think that having dm yourself
should be a necessary qualification for treating others with the condition.
Either they're plainly disinterested or they blame it on the patient if
things go wrong.
I have a colleague who has managed alongside her general practice comitments
to get a part time post in my local diabetic clinic. We went on an activity
weekend once .Because of an unaccustomed activity I managed to have a hypo
that evening despite having a takeaway( obviously because I was replenishing
my glycogen stores and had stupidly not kept my basal at a lower level after
the exercise)
The response was ( in  a disparaging drawl)
" surely you can't be hypo after that huge meal and all that wine"

This same person also thought it amusing that one patient had a slapped
wrist because her HbA1c was 15%. I asked whether she was a non compliant
type and the response was " obviously"

I despair........

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