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Re: [IPk] Other doctors ( well some of them) - I give up...



I couldn't agree more Mary. Only it isn't just doctors who don't recognise
the expertise of people with diabetes. We have to stand up and acknowledge
our OWN knowledge and experience. Living with diabetes means even a 6 yr old
with diabetes has a longer experience of the condition than most senior
doctors managing it. When are WE going to accept that, and use it in our
dealings with professional teams? We have to stop listening passively to
advice we know isn't right, and start asking simple questions. It's not so
much a revolution as an evolution of the relationship between people with
diabetes and the professions.

Tony

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Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Other doctors ( well some of them) - I give up...


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> Hi,
>
> > Just have to share this one..
> > Guy in his 40s who has had DM for some years and works on a farm was
told by
> > diabetes consultant that his problems with poor control would be helped
by
> > avoiding " inappropriate activity". This was within the last few years
> > So
> > " You are a Diabetic. You will have to learn to sit still and be quiet*
You
> > must stop all this inappropriate activity"
> > (* and not ask for expensive treatment like glargine or pumps or an
adequate
> > supply of strips or proper advice on how to manage your condition)
> > If it wasn't so hilarious it would be tragic ( or should that be the
other
> > way
> > round?)
> >
> Ooh, grrr!!!
> I so agree with you!  But you know as well as I that it's impossible for
any
> doctor to know medicine thoroughly nowadays, and when there are
> sub-sub-sub-specialities the GP, the endocrinologist, even the
diabetologist,
> can only be a generalist. I think that the problem is that many doctors
don't
> recognise a) their limitations and b) that many patients know more about
> their conditions than their doctors - IDDM and pumping in this case.  Many
> pumpers are very experienced in and knowledgeable about the various modes
of
> control as well as the complexities of pumping, and it's my opinion that
many
> people on this list would come under "expert patient" designation.
>
> This is from a senior doc, by the way, who does her best both to listen
and
> learn.
> Is it worth taking this further (Dept of Health, etc.)?
>
> Mary
> IDDM 30+, 508 23m
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