More Biscuits Vicar?

I’m sorry but I just had to share this comment with you this morning. I obviously train you well but clearly not everyone does so… R wrote in to say:

I have now been for my colonoscopy.  It was not too bad, I must say, and I obviously turned down the biscuits to go with the hot drink when in the recovery area!  

Would you believe that the nurse, after having told a young fellow on the bed next to mine that he had IBD, actually gave him a second packet of cream biscuits as he said he was starving!!

I’d laugh if it wasn’t so very unfunny.

The other day someone reported they were told to eat a Mars bar when they felt their blood sugar was dropping. They were borderline diabetic.

Sigh.

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2 thoughts on “More Biscuits Vicar?

  1. Evonne Powell-von Heussen

    I have always wanted to share experiences, but because the computer hurts my eyes, I can only stay here for a few minutes. Just a word or two about this post. A diabetic, whether borderline (how do you define borderline diabetes?) Whether type 1 or type 2 are allowed to have cookies, a bit of cake or a sweet, boiled or a piece of chocolate if the blood sugar is low. It is a quick fix to prevent the person slipping into a coma. Type two diabetics can become hypoglycaemic (having really low blood sugar) but that occurs less often than a Type 1 person.

    Nearly all my aunts and uncles, and my late Mom ane her late husband were diabetics, or some are still diabetics, and it is a practice they have all maintained throughout their lives. Mom and my Step Dad both died in February and March of this year aged 88 and 85 respectively. Her eldest sister was 102 in June and she still works around her home and land. She has been a diabetic for over 60 years. So, I do not think it was an unreasonable suggestion made by the nurse, as long as the patient knew exactly how much to have and that he has to substiture something else from his meal a bit later.

    As for the person with the IBD, that was purely foolish. We have to remember that most people in the Profession are not so well trained today. Sadly! I have seen it at first hand, the way that my parents were treated in hospital was appalling, and the nurses and senior staff, as well as junior doctors are almost hopeless. I will not say more at this stage. I hope that I will not be in trouble for saying what I know.

    • You certainly wouldn’t be in trouble on here, we value everyone’s views! Thanks for taking the time and effort to comment about your experiences. Yes, I am sure if the person knows what to do with sugar and how to balance it out, that may work for some, but in my clinical experience, most do not understand that having a sugar hit like that will eventually exhaust pancreas and adrenals which are struggling and can tip the Type 2 person into diabetes eventually.

      Of course, if someone is at risk of coma, you need to do what you can quickly to get the blood sugar up but in the case I was referring to, this was a person who was considered pre-diabetic (type 2) which, as we know is diet-based and advising them to eat a mound of sugar if they felt low blood sugar is using a mallet to crack a nut. I often advise something much slower like oatcakes and/or to take it with protein and slow the sugar hit on the pancreas and adrenals down a bit unless it is a severe situation obviously but most people I see are hypoglycaemic rather than in danger of a coma. It sounds like your family are excellent long-livers despite their treatment then, well done to them!

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