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Re: [IPk] Re: Transferring hospitals

In message <email @ redacted>,
Jackie Jacombs <email @ redacted> writes
>Hi Pat
>What I was wondering was, if the hospital would get snotty with me if I had
>to take Sasha in because she become ill with ketoacidosis   (looking on the
>black side here!) or a tummy bug  She has had at least 6 times in hospital
>with tummy bugs and vomiting!!!  (picked up from things going round the
>school, not my cooking!!)

I don't know - perhaps one the medics here can answer that?  I imagine
that the A+E team won't care who the usual diabetologist is (after all,
people visiting the area come in, too).  Ketoacidosis is, I understand,
something which A+E people are quite used to dealing with, and don't
need to call in a specialist.  Tummy bugs, etc. get dealt with by the
specialists concerned, and I get the feeling that if there is no ongoing
diabetes problem (or even if there is), they wouldn't call in the

If they want to remove the pump, to substitute IV insulin, that's one
thing (IV insulin works much quicker, and is much more controllable than
pumped insulin), that's quite another!  

I am in the happy position that I've moved, and so the diabetes team at
my local hospital have never seen me.  Indeed, it's practice around here
for diabetics to attend only a GP clinic ...

What's the worst that they can do?  Withhold advice on glycaemix index?
Really, once you've left the diabetologist, you've removed all power
from him. He can ask that the pump is removed while she's in hospital,
but you can refuse permission for her to receive insulin by injection. 

Isn't it a shame that fear of receiving second-rate treatment is holding
you back?     

Best wishes,

(dm 30+, 508 1+.
Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
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