The exploration of patient narrative is relevant in the case of diabetes because patients and physicians have different perceptions, concerns and goals (Anderson 1986; Freeman & Loewe 2000). In this assignment, a patient’s story on her experience with diabetes will be explored with an aim to construct the cultural, social and psychological meaning and locate the facts in contemporary theoretical perspectives. The real names and hospital where the patient, whose narrative is to be used in this analysis, was encountered have been altered to comply with the NMC guidelines and policies of confidentiality (NMC, 2008).During my placement last year, I went on an outreach visit for diabetic campaign and met Mrs. Born in 1981, Mrs. Jones is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She is black American and so were his mother and father. Since her mother and father were separated, she was raised up by her mother for the good part of her life. Her parents separated when she was eleven. Her mother was working as a town clerk. By then, they lived in New York, but they later moved with her mother and brother to Los Angeles. Her brother, Jakes later moved back to New York where he lives today with his wife and three children. Her brother is not diabetic, but he is very understanding and sympathetic of his sister’s condition. He frequently calls her and visits her boys during long vacation for company. Jones works as a secretary with one of security firms in Los Angeles. She has worked with the company for the last ten years. Her supervisor is aware of her health status, and he is very supportive and understanding, so she does not have uneasy time at work. She leaves at 6 am for work and comes at 7 pm on weekdays. On weekends, she works from 8 am to 4 pm. On Sunday she is free to go to church and visit her children in boarding school. Jones has been under diabetes treatment for the last six years. Blaxter (1983) argues that women, who are working like Mrs. Jones, are likely to hold functional conceptualisations of health. Jones was first diagnosed with diabetes at age 17 when she had a serious case of wound in her leg. Immediately she started treatment and therapy as directed by her doctor, the wound healed. With time, she stopped the medication and regimen until she was pregnant for her second child. Pregnant women have high chances of
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