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>hi john, its not just a case of how much you value optimal health, im sure
>most people want the best care but unfortunately a lot of people like me
>just cant afford this kind of money, we are on a low income and #100 is a
>lot of money to us and is needed to feed and clothe us.

I promise you I am not rich, Gail. Really. Honestly. My wife and I have cut
our outgoings to a bare minimum. No car. No mortgage. No TV. Summer holiday
this year was 5 nights away - last year it was 2 nights. I very rarely buy
new clothes - but when I do I buy nice things. But when I bought a pump, I
had cash in the bank at the time.

Incidently, I did once go to a diabetes appointment once at the Bristol
Royal Infirmary, and found that my diabetes specialist was in fact my
GP!!!!! He had just retired from general practice, and had taken up a part
time post at the diabetes clinic. I can honestly say he knew bog all about
diabetes, and I was disgusted that I had wasted my bus fare going in to the
hospital. I decided to nod gormlessly at whatever he said, and get out. (He
was concerned I was testing my BG almost everyday, and sometimes several
times a day!) That was when I headed off to see a private specialist. I had
had enough. Next time I went to the BRI, I was on a pump, and was seen by
the new head, Prof Edwin Gale, who was so anxious about this patient of his
putting himself on a pump, that he gave me his home number to ring in case
I had any problems...


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