it was quite an enriching experience to hear the suffering of those diabetic patient in comparison from what i have learned from lectures about this disease.
our first patient was a 17-year-old girl who was diagnosed as diabetes type I since she was 15 years-old. from what we heard, i found out that she was quite compliant with the treatment despite having to go through bereavement and denial period previously. at first, she blame everyone for her disease (denial) but later, she managed to cope with the diabetes although in some part of her life, she still struggling to maintain 'normal' relationship with others.
we were also given chances to see the devices for treating diabetic patients which was kind of cute despite its curative function. the insulin device was in the form disposable pen which was a large step in giving maximum comfort to the diabetic patient (do u know that last time, the diabetic patients have to endure through all those big needles and syringes!)
he is also one that quite compliant with the treatment and he was happy with his current condition. he was already suspicious of his condition when he was diagnosed last time as many of his family members already had the same disease.
all in all, today's visit to the hospital quite informative and reinforcing what we learned from the lectures.