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I am going in tomarrow for a second angiogram, I had one 3 years ago before I was on a pump and was just wondering if there was anything I should be aware of as far as the pump and what not are concerned.:frusty:
 

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They tried to kill me but I outsmarted them.
 

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What happened? Problems with the angiogram? Hope you are doing well.
 

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I am fine but I was so mad about 8 hours afterwardss that If i wasn't weighed down with sand bags I would of walked out. When the procedure was completed the Dr. said that everything was as it was 3 years earlier so that was good. Then he said I am going to give you some medicine in an IV just to help protect your kidneys and restore your electrolytes is that ok. It means tou would have to stay overnight. Didn't think much about and having been sedated I said sure. Then when I got back to my room it was 8:30 AM and I tested my glucose it was a little over 200 so i did a correction bolus. After doing 3 correction boluses over the course of 7 hours and not getting ahead of the game I asked the nurse what kind of solution was the IV suspended is it saline or dextrose. Thst was when I was told that for another 5 hours i would continue. an a 5% dextrose drip of death. Thats not what pissed me off though what pissed me off was that I wasn't told up front about it so that I could plan ahead for it. I could have just doubled my basls for 12 hours and been ahead of it instead of chasing it. So be ware not all IV drugs can be administered in saline solution some actually have to be in dextrose so be sure and ask.
 

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I hope you made your feelings clear to whoever was in charge of notifying patients of these "minor" (to them) details . . . :mad:
 

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Shame on them. They know you are diabetic and are wearing a pump. They could have given you fluids in saline or at least made sure you knew the IV solution was in dextrose :( I hope you complained to the appropriate people.
 

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I hope you made your feelings clear to whoever was in charge of notifying patients of these "minor" (to them) details . . . :mad:
Oh you better beleive I did. I started with the nurse, then the Dr that ordered it, then I let my endo crew know about it. The best part is that the hospital always sends a patient survey out so I will let them know too.
 

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Shame on them. They know you are diabetic and are wearing a pump. They could have given you fluids in saline or at least made sure you knew the IV solution was in dextrose :( I hope you complained to the appropriate people.
The part where I fooled them was that when I was admited they ask if you want them to manage your diabetes for you while you are in there. I looked them straight in the eye and said that I dont even let my endo manage it. So no I will be going it all. They said ok we have some papers to fill out and we have to verify your meter.
 

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The part where I fooled them was that when I was admited they ask if you want them to manage your diabetes for you while you are in there. I looked them straight in the eye and said that I dont even let my endo manage it. So no I will be going it all. They said ok we have some papers to fill out and we have to verify your meter.

Adjitater,

First of all, I'm glad you fooled them!! Good to hear things are the same as before.

Second, I love your attitude about being the one who manages your diabetes. I recently had a similar situation with my GP. She could not understand why I did not want the resident Endo to assess my basal rates on my pump. She was not happy when I declined his help. I told her "it is my body and my diabetes - I don't need his help."

Stay strong and keep up the good work.
 

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Good job Adjitater!

Hope this is a good lesson in being prepared with questions in the future. Especially with the dextrose in the IV.

Last time I was in ER and they wanted to hook me up to an IV, I asked what was in the IV and was told it would not hurt me. I just told the nurse, I'll be the judge of that. When she went down the list, dextrose was on it and I told her no way I would accept that as a person with diabetes. They had to hunt around for about 20 minutes for one that did not have dextrose in it.

Nurse was not too happy. Told her they could put people with diabetes in a coma with their lack of procedure and this could result in filing of charges and worse yet legal action. The attitudes changed very fast and they were all business after that. Even the ER doctor asked why when I had diabetes which was on the chart, did they even consider giving me one with dextrose, even if I am a Type 2.
 

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Adjitater,

First of all, I'm glad you fooled them!! Good to hear things are the same as before.

Second, I love your attitude about being the one who manages your diabetes. I recently had a similar situation with my GP. She could not understand why I did not want the resident Endo to assess my basal rates on my pump. She was not happy when I declined his help. I told her "it is my body and my diabetes - I don't need his help."

Stay strong and keep up the good work.
Yes some Drs. just dont understand that when it is part of you you know it better than anyone else ever could. As far as my diabetes goes my Dr. will be the first to admit that all I need him for is to write perscriptions. But maybe thats because his wife, who is is his Diabetes Educater has had type 1 for a long time too.
 

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Some doctors, certainly not all, don't do their research as they should when it comes to prescribing medication for diabetic and non diabetic people. I now have a 'hearing loss' that I didn't have before, because my GP prescribed a diuretic that had a side effect of hearing loss. Did she apologize for her error??? Nope, not a word. Give us the credit we deserve for knowing our body better than the doctor may.
 
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