I AM SO ANGRY. She is gone. It happened in 2012. Now a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, UK, is hearing the case to see what can be done about it. Claire Taylor was a talented dancer and baker who wanted a career as a dietitian as her older brother Andrew had Type 1 diabetes. Even with this knowledge, her diagnosis was missed being sick for up to two months prior to her death.
What will it take for us, here in America to realize THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM here as well? On a day I read that d-mom Debbie George was hugely successful in California with a Resolution passed 38-0 for better diabetes education; I’m reminded that too many do not find this subject important enough to tackle.
I plead with you, Be in contact with anyone and everyone you know in this diabetes world. We have an ADA conference approaching and an AADE conference approaching……please organize a group of people in the same room to discuss, at least, the missed diagnosis of T1D. Even if we do not come up with solutions……please let’s just not talk about it thinking it will just ‘go away’. It will not.
I have hugged parents who have lost their child needlessly. I have talked to top professionals in this field who say that diagnosis of T1D upon DKA is rising. We pride ourselves in America as being leaders——PLEASE TAKE A LEAD from our friends in the UK…..let’s open a dialogue on trying to stop diagnosing T1D by being diagnosed in DKA. This is one wound we can, and should, take everything in our power to prevent before the knife cuts the flesh.
Please pass this along to anyone you know in these organizations……..a dialogue can surely continue what has started in ten different states already.
What will it take? PLEASE let’s open a dialogue. It’s getting so tiring. Why MUST it always happen again, and again, and again. Take action—-ask the organizers of these conferences to hold a discussion……a simple discussion on this topic. We cannot begin if we do not talk about it……..I assure you it will not go away!!!!!…….and in the meantime it will cost more people their very lives……..needlessly.
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