Wednesday, September 01, 2004

diabetes type I and II

today, i pay another visit to Austin Hospital but today's visit was quite different. we were given chances to interview diabetic patients Type I and Type II. for your information, there are many types of diabetes and for type I it is juvenile onset (means that it start to occur during childhood) and for type II, it is adult onset.

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!)

our next patient was a 80-year old man who was diagnosed having diabetes type II 5-6 years ago. he was quite thin person although it is often that diabetes type II person was obese. later, we found out that he catch the diabetes due to his genetic predisposition as many of his family members had the same disease. in comparison to type I which was believed to be autoimmune (means that it suddenly occur), type II was more towards genetic code...

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.


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