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    Diabetic Woman Becomes First in the World to Receive Pancreas Transplant Because of Needlephobia


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    After suffering from Type 1 diabetes most of her life, Sue York has become the first person in the world to undergo a pancreas transplant on the basis of being afraid of needles; she will now be able to forgo daily insulin shots.

    In an interview with the BBC, York described her severe fear of needles that led to the surgery as “too many invasions into the flesh.” She gave up driving because, in her home of Lincoln, England, diabetic drivers were forced to check their blood glucose levels before driving and every two hours after they were in the driver’s seat.
    Already too weak to walk long distances, York nearly became housebound; she says she tried every therapy imaginable to cure the trypanophobia that would make her “shake” and “vomit” with each shot. Nothing worked, so she signed up for a transplant waiting list, where her name sat for two years.

    Following some pushback from doctors, York was finally able to undergo surgery. Now, she says her life’s completely changed for the better.


    “No longer am I struggling to walk up a flight of stairs, getting breathless walking into the wind. No longer is my skin yellow or grey. No longer do I look constantly exhausted,” she said. “I’ve had to get new glasses because my eyesight has improved and feeling has returned to areas on my feet where I’d begun to lose sensation.”

    Her successful surgery opens the doors for other needlephobic diabetes patients, as well as the question of how to rank these patients’ needs on a list of potential recipients for pancreas transplants—usually diabetics with severe, end-stage complications.



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    I take it none of her doctors ever considered her having an insulin pump so she wouldn't have to inject herself?

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    I'm gonna guess she considered that a major "invasion of the flesh."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    I take it none of her doctors ever considered her having an insulin pump so she wouldn't have to inject herself?
    That was my thought too.

    She gave up driving because, in her home of Lincoln, England, diabetic drivers were forced to check their blood glucose levels before driving and every two hours after they were in the driver’s seat.

    Really? This is the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority) page regarding diabetes and your driving licence.

    https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving

    It doesn't say ANYTHING about checking your blood glucose before driving OR every two hours afterwards. It might be something that is recommended but as far as I am aware it isn't mandatory. Also living in Lincoln doesn't mean shit - unlike the US where laws can vary state to state English law applies to all of England and doesn't change county by county.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    I'm gonna guess she considered that a major "invasion of the flesh."

    IKR? I take it she didn't have to have an IV for her surgery either.
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    Diabetes is the least of this nutters problems.
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    Needlephobic? Get over it! Ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by holly View Post
    Needlephobic? Get over it! Ridiculous
    i'm not defending this broad at all, but i have a phobia of needles. i'm almost 60 and still panic at blood draws, or a procedure involving a needle.
    i'm also a type2 diabetic, and it takes me for freaking ever just to prick my finger just to test my sugar. When i went through chemo, the nurses
    were really helpful with tips and tricks so that i wouldn't end up a sobbing mess. Usually it didn't work LOL.

    over the years i have found out that heat brings up the vein easier, and drinking tons of water. however one nurse came up with the idea of using a blood
    pressure cuff to help find my veins. yes it worked, but every time it gave my potassium results as elevated, so i had to go back and redo them. Needless
    to say, that sucked.

    So, needlephobia is a big deal. i get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holly View Post
    Needlephobic? Get over it! Ridiculous
    If people could just get over phobias there would be no phobias

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    ^^^^
    agree it's a big deal. but so is a pancreas transplant that wasn't necessary medically speaking and was authorised because of a patient's psychological issues.
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    I don't want to judge her because I don't really understand phobias but I hope someone with no other options (ie like needles) didn't miss out on that pancreas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    I don't want to judge her because I don't really understand phobias but I hope someone with no other options (ie like needles) didn't miss out on that pancreas.
    Exactly! That's what pissed me off!

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