Monday, 20 December 2010

Are The NHS Techno Phobes ?

When we first asked for an Insulin Pump, we were told it would not improve Claudia's life. The Hospital were wrong. It has been a priceless gift that allows Claudia the luxury of eating what she wants when she wants, basically going wild at parties as any "normal" child would.
We wanted to take technology one step further due to the amount of hypo's Claudia was experiencing on a daily basis. The hospital "human" were unable to resolve the issues of Hypo's our only hope was using technology. Once again we had to battle for a period of 8 months, with the medical profession and PCT.
2 weeks of using sensors look at the the results!! They speak for themselves. I was able to email Leeds with the data, they emailed back with a couple of adjustments.Leeds is not our usual Hospital
Technology is not for everyone and is not perfect. Having said that human error occurs everyday.
Claudia's last Hba1c was 6.4. We feel we will achieve this again without all the hypo's.
Would we be able to achieve these numbers without technology, In my honest opinion I have to say no!!
So for all you medics out there, stop putting people off technology. It does work! We need more people with Type 1 to use the technology in order to establish how effective it is.
Just because you might not like it, it doesn't mean someone with Type 1 will not find it helpful.
How any of the Diabetes Team have Type 1? Its strange how they get to play "God".
Diabetes is a very complex condition and we need as much help as possible in order to have a good quality of life.


  1. I hear what you are saying (I have had type 1 diabetes for 35 years, 10 years on 2 injections a day, the rest on 4). As a child diabetes does make you "different", not only because of having to inject but because of adults applying their "understanding" of diabetes on you. It sounds like the insulin pump has been a good thing for your child and I am happy for her.

    However, I have to take you up on the "technophobe" accusation. The NHS is suffering deep cuts at the moment and insulin pumps are expensive. In my country people are being denied cataract and hip operations, indeed a neighbour with chronic back pain was told by her GP that she cannot have spinal injections for the pain because the PCT does not have the money. In my area people are denied insulin pumps because of the cost, after all, how can they justify supplying a pump when insulin can be injected by syringe, and deny a hip op when the alternative there is to endure a painful, disabling joint.

    Your daughter is lucky: the cash strapped NHS will no longer supply insulin pumps. It is the end of a era.

  2. Sorry:

    "In my COUNTY people are being denied cataract and hip operations"