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American masters student living with terminal illness explains difference between NHS Scotland and US Mayo Clinic

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Lami Paul took the time to speak to GlasgowWorld about the differences in healthcare delivery between the NHS in Scotland and the Mayo Clinic in the US.



<p>Lami Paul is an American Master’s student living in Glasgow.</p>
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Lami Paul is an American Master’s student living in Glasgow.

An American engineering master’s student at the University of Strathclyde living with a multi-system disease took the time to speak to GlasgowWorld about the difference in healthcare provision between Scotland and the US.

Lami Paul, 22, came to Glasgow from New Orleans, Louisiana, three months ago for his postgraduate Master’s course in Sustainable Marine Marine Engineering. Lami has an autonomic nervous system that attacks his own body, causing a variety of symptom-inducing conditions including extreme pain and nerve damage, digestive problems, problems with blood circulation, and a myriad of other problems for the young American.

Explaining his reason for moving to Glasgow to complete his Marine Engineering degree, Lami said: “I did a Marine Engineering degree in New Orleans and of course that’s the whole city.

“I had been planning to move to the UK for postgraduate studies and knew I would prefer Scotland to England.

“But also specifically Glasgow because of everything that’s going on right now with the cost of living, and then of course like the vibes of the city, you know, I’m used to a pretty chaotic and bustling city, and Glasgow it is exactly that”.

Lami was a patient at the Mayo Clinic, commonly recognized as the best in specialty healthcare in the US, due to her extensive medical history and has been seeing doctors in Glasgow since arriving in the city before the start of term in September. .

From a very young age, the Masters student has been managing and managing their own healthcare, which is no easy task, managing providers, medications, appointments, and much more. He briefly explained his medical background: “I always tell people that my medical background is a little different. Throughout my treatment, I have always been actively engaged with healthcare providers, researching things and talking to these people, almost as if they were my colleagues.

“It was definitely more, like a dating debate, it’s funny if you go back to my notes, you’ll notice it as ‘this woman is obviously very smart and knows what she’s doing.’

“It’s a lot of fun, but then I moved here and now I’m transferring the focus here, which has definitely been a learning process. It’s been quite interesting and all that, but of course, you know, experience is experience.”

Lami is currently studying Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, where they hope to graduate and work to make an impact on climate change.

Lami has to take more than 30 medications a day, as well as a variety of mixed physical therapies to manage the symptoms of his conditions, including severe neuropathy, gastroparesis, hypocapnia, dysautonomia, MCAS, and various other chronic pain syndromes. She was better off developing these ASD autonomic nervous system conditions from her along with Ehler Danlos syndrome.

Lami focuses on renewable energy in his Marine Engineering course at Strathclyde; This involves the use, application, and future use of renewable technologies such as offshore wind farms, floating solar structures, and wave power. She hopes to use her knowledge to impact the discussion on climate change.

The soon to be fully qualified marine engineer spoke about the main differences between UK and US healthcare, saying: “Obviously all healthcare systems are particularly slow. It also depends on the provider.

“What I find most interesting is that depending on where you are, like the NHS vs. the US, they have different authorizations for certain drugs. So the drug that was prescribed to me in the United States, the conditions that I have are not credible reasons for the same prescription here.

“So the biggest difference that I’ve noticed is really the fundamental core of how and what is used to treat pain and of course other things that are hard to quantify in the medical system and more on the edge of research.

“They certainly don’t promote pharmaceuticals as much as they do in the US, and some doctors are a bit puzzled by the number of pharmaceuticals the Mayo Clinic has prescribed for me.

“On the other hand, I’ve also noticed in the NHS that providers tend to be more attentive and they tend to be much more attentive to you as an individual. That is one of the biggest differences.

“I found that here I definitely had a lot less dating anxiety. There’s much less rushing through appointments with health care providers here than in the US, you have more opportunity to provide feedback on treatment.

“I’m still on the NHS treatment track, but I’ve also had to do private things due to the NHS not being willing to fill certain prescriptions of mine. So, I’ve seen both sides of that. And of course I’m more used to what seems like a private experience, because the Mayo Clinic is of that caliber, more so than the NHS experience.

“I don’t think there is an equivalent to the NHS in the United States, because healthcare is very, very expensive, which is obviously one of the biggest differences.”

Lami’s conditions will eventually lead to him losing the ability to eat food, and a large part of his treatment focuses on extending his body’s ability to eat and digest food.

Lami was photographed for a fashion show in Glasgow earlier this year.

She spoke further about how the difference in the environment has affected her body, they said, “Coming here and having food that has no additives or preservatives has been great for me.

“Even the soil in the United States is as if dead: synthetic fertilizers that are often just reused fossil fuels. So our food is always in contact, whether it’s a carcinogen, a GMO, or an additive.

“I noticed the difference right away in that some of my sensory symptoms had decreased a lot. I guess it would have to have been the cleanest air, the cleanest water, and the cleanest food, you know?

“One of the biggest things my doctors and I discussed was trying to put myself in a society that was a little bit slower than the United States, which again comes down to systemic things. It’s like systemically, America has such a high work rate and a huge drive to get things done fast.

“Coming to Glasgow and being able to socialize with people more easily, and encountering less of the individualism you find in the US, has had profound effects on my mental health, which is vital for managing my pain symptoms and my daily life. day life

“The people here are so lovely and kind and so down to earth. I have mobility issues and have found people who are really willing to help me with my backpack or get me up and get things for me so I don’t have to.

“If someone has a problem, people stop on the street and listen to them, and they’re willing to listen and help however they can at the time, and I think that’s amazing.”

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