Managing within the health care system


Bless their hearts they’re so sweet, but I’m a Type 1 diabetic and one of the things that I discovered is that disciplines don’t talk to each other so I sat in the chemo session and I said well I’m a Type 1 diabetic, what am I supposed to do? And so okay we’ll talk to the dieticians and the dieticians said “You need to talk to your diabetic people”. So, information session on the 27th or 26th of November, 27th of November round one of chemo. Within 24 hours I was on my back with the leg pains, nausea, started the recovery in my apartment and ended up at my mother’s place on my back. And just for the luck of it I’d had an appointment made with my diabetic specialist on the Monday just to talk about what the heck do you do in terms of feeding. Literally my mother and her friend had to gather me up and put me into the car and take me there.

Interviewer: Because you were so unwell? 

I was so unwell. My diabetic specialist took one look at me and she said, “You’re not doing very good are you?” I said “No”, she said, “You’re dehydrated, you’ve got thrush, you’re going into the hospital.”

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