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RE: [IPk] poorly-controlled diabetics are following me

This reminds me of a couple of stories:

1.  Once when at the hospital for a check-up I was sat next
to a lady having blood taken for a Hba1c and a glucose test.
It was 18.2.  "Is that good?" she asked.  I was horrified.
She was told that it wasn't ideal and to discuss it with her
specialist.  I wonder if she was any the wiser when she left.
I don't think people should be allowed to leave a hospital
without knowledge of the basics.  They are a danger to
themselves and potentially to others.

2.  When pregnant and attending regular check-ups I saw my
obstetrician and told him that things were OK but I was
having to increase my insulin again (virtually a weekly
occurence when pregnant) as the morning BG's were up at
around 10.  He was not a diabetic specialist so this was more
general conversation than anything else but he did tell me
that his wife was diabetic and kept her BG's at around 14 all
the time because she didn't feel well if they were any lower!
I didn't say anything and wonder if I should have.  

If you are not prepared to educate yourself regarding
diabetes I wonder what chance you have.  

Good luck Elizabeth and I hope the dinner goes well.



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