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    Does anyone know a medic or surgeon who has diabetes? Are you one yourself?

    Does it have any affects on your ability to practise? Is there anything you're not allowed/supposed to do? Any advice you could give me before I go to medical school?


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    Turk of scrubs comes to mind lol
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    (Original post by Fabregas1989)
    Does anyone know a medic or surgeon who has diabetes? Are you one yourself?

    Does it have any affects on your ability to practise? Is there anything you're not allowed/supposed to do? Any advice you could give me before I go to medical school?


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    I have a couple of friends who are doctors with diabetes. THere isn't anything they can't do. But funnily enough there are some careers you can't even start if you have diabetes. Police and fire service apparently. Not sure why.
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    I've heard a story about a diabetic surgeon that shouts out "Mars bar Stat!" when he feels a wee bit hypo during the operations that he performs.

    Clearly ******** but I've always liked the image of being fed a sweetie by a really fit nurse.

    :yep:
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    (Original post by Fabregas1989)
    Does anyone know a medic or surgeon who has diabetes? Are you one yourself?

    Does it have any affects on your ability to practise? Is there anything you're not allowed/supposed to do? Any advice you could give me before I go to medical school?


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    A colleague of mine in medical school has diabetes. Hasn't stopped him or affected his career in medicine as far as I know. He does manage it well though.
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    I know two or three who've qualified - one gets thrown out of A&E because she's 'drunk' (invariably hypo & drunk) the other is so poorly controlled that his knob is about to fall off.

    Fundamentally it's fine provided you're not stupid and don't try to hide it or any stupid **** like that.
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    (Original post by Jeev)
    Turk of scrubs comes to mind lol
    Same. xD

    (Original post by Jamie)
    I have a couple of friends who are doctors with diabetes. THere isn't anything they can't do. But funnily enough there are some careers you can't even start if you have diabetes. Police and fire service apparently. Not sure why.
    I would assume it's something like if you're in a long-term situation (eg fighting a fire all night) it wouldn't always be possible to stop and having either a sugary snack or an insulin injection. THus your health poses a risk to your crew, or something.

    I don't know if that's true, but it seems logical. Like if you were in the middle of a nurning factory and suddenly felt hypo, it's not safe to stop and correct your sugar levels, you know?
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    Do you reckon that this is down to the individuals not managing themselves properly or that the job does not allow for them to manage themselves?

    edit: To editor, too heavy handed with rules; obliterating good discussion.
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    my friends going to start training to be a Paramedic in 09, she has a form of diabeties.
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    (Original post by ThisLittlePiggy)
    Do you reckon that this is down to the individuals not managing themselves properly or that the job does not allow for them to manage themselves?
    The job does allow you to, just that sometimes it feels like it doesn't.
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    You can't drive HGVs, join the armed forces, fly a plane, stuff like that, I know.

    But if you're hypo during an operation, like someone mentioned earlier, what do you do?

    Do you, for example, need a minimum sugar before you scrub in? What about 'scoping people? I can't imagine: "Sorry dear, I'll have to leave the scope in your colon for a few minutes, I've got to grab something to eat!"
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    (Original post by Fabregas1989)
    But if you're hypo during an operation, like someone mentioned earlier, what do you do?

    Do you, for example, need a minimum sugar before you scrub in? What about 'scoping people? I can't imagine: "Sorry dear, I'll have to leave the scope in your colon for a few minutes, I've got to grab something to eat!"
    Then you are responsible enough to choose your speciality carefully.

    But yes, if needs be, you can leave an endoscope in someone's arse while you grab a mars bar. My health first, punter's second.
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    Then you are responsible enough to choose your speciality carefully.

    But yes, if needs be, you can leave an endoscope in someone's arse while you grab a mars bar. My health first, punter's second.
    A lesson some people learn too late, and I can garauntee [hate trying to spell that word] you will forget for the first 6 months at least of your first job.
    It was 3 weeks before I had my first pee at work.
 
 
 
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