Letters to the Editor

Diabetics lack consistent care

To the editor:

I’m responding to the article in the Capital News (July 13) on diabetes.

I’m a (brittle) diabetic. I can relate to hospital stays for high and low glucose levels. My most recent experience was July 11 for high glucose. I’d recently had an insulin change but my high glucose levels had persisted.

Prolonged highs can be serious, causing risks of DKA. The evening of July 11, as advised, I went to emergency.

Fortunately, my blood tests taken at that time showed DKA was not evident. But I had seen a doctor who kept repeating to me: “You need to see your doctor.”

Had I been able to do so, I would not have gone to emergency. But given the recent medical change and living alone, I was unsure what to do about having continual nausea.

I expected my high glucose level to be treated and stabilized before I was released from the hospital.

This did not happen; I went in with high glucose and came home high glucose. I had to wait out the night until I could contact my doctor in the morning.

I’m sure other diabetics have had similar experiences. More of us need to speak out and perhaps something will be done to employ on-site specially trained diabetic educators, so diabetics can receive the concern and care needed.

S. Presiloski, Kelowna

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