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Re: [IPk] Funding of Designated Specialist Centres for Diabetic Insulin Pump Users
I don't really like discussing other people behind their backs, but I'm
going to anyway :-)
It's not for lack of info - I collared this guy at the barbeque in
question, demonstrated my pump, got talking about testing, etc.
Ostentatiously ate and drank and bolused accordingly.
Sent him all the info about IP-UK, pumps, etc. on email.
And he's a big fan of the Internet.
Offered him a free BG meter.
My office is only a few yards away from his if he wants to talk.
At the time, he seemed really interested. Since then, he's shown absolutely
I think it's more a case of feeling that you're OK as you are and not
realising that things could be a lot better. Like my dad who's stuck to his
twice daily mix of short and long-acting. He's seen how much more
flexibility I had on MDI and now the pump, but he doesn't have a problem
with what he does because he's done it for 50 years and survived.
Despite having to eat lunch at precisely 1pm or he goes hypo. And he has
to eat a fixed amount of carbs at each meal, because he won't adjust his
insulin to match the carbs, although he knows how much carb he needs to
eat. If someone else cooks the meal, he eats what he's given, and takes the
same insulin as usual, despite the fact that it might have more or less
carbs than is appropriate for the insulin. And then goes high or later
accordingly. The fact hat he could have a better life on MDI is something
that he can't grasp. There's no real reason for him not to try it, and he
has the info - even his doctor has asked him repeatedly if he wants to try
it - but he won't because he doesn't see the need.
I've given up trying to persuade him.
On Fri, 13 Oct 2000, you wrote:
>You have to feel a bit sorry for the guy. I wonder what is holding him back
>>Di was telling me - very revealingly - about a colleague of hers at work
>>who has Type 1 diabetes, and never tests "because it hurts and there's no
>>point". This guy is not stupid, and has several degrees behind him, and
>>works on an advanced research project. And if the late morning meeting
>>overruns, he gets rather shifty because he's late for his lunch, and at the
>>office barbeque he could only eat one sausage "because it was the wrong
>>time of the day". We have to respect his own choices. He's seen Di's pump,
>>and isn't interested. But I do wonder what prompts him to accept these
>>restrictions on his life. Is it ignorance? Is it that no one at his clinic
>>has empowered him to take control?
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