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Re: [IPk] doctors

of course you need someone who has empathy with our situation- NOT the fact 
that we have Diabetes but that we would like to be able to carry on with our 
lives as uninterrupted by DM as possible. It's sympathy we don't want! 

>From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] doctors
>Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 23:08:41 +0000
>In message <email @ redacted>, Stephen Phillips <stephen.ph
>email @ redacted> writes
> >This is a sad but all to common indictment.
> >I admit to having worked as a CNS in diabetes and being type 1, however, 
> >kept my professional role & personal life separate, as it also isn't 
> >that helpful to have professionals commenting on their personal 
> >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 
> >of the 'judgemental and stigmatising type' which we all hope are in the
> >minority.
>There is only one way I can think of that 'inside knowledge' could be a
>problem for a patient: if the professional is one of those who believes
>that because something works for them, it should work for everyone. Now,
>we have all met dozens of doctors who believe that because something
>works for some of their patients, it should work for all of them.  Some
>seem to believe something should work for all their patients on the
>basis that it should work, which is even less evidence!  So don't worry
>about imposing upon a patient!
>As a historian, I think empathy is overrated. As a patient, I don't want
>empathy very often!  I appreciated it from operating theatre nurses
>(I've now had three conscious operations, and having someone empathetic
>holding your hand's very nice!).  But in the day-to-day struggle with
>diabetes, I don't need that kind of support.  Diabetes isn't my-life-in-
>your-hands.  It's my-life-in-my-hands, and I need a co-worker, a team-
>player, not a empathetic, but ineffectual person who believes they are
>in charge.
>Best wishes to all,
>Pat Reynolds
>email @ redacted
>    "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years 
>    (T. Pratchett)
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