How do you find a medical clinical trial to be a part of, and is it worth bothering with?
Answer, you find a clinical trial by answering ads in the paper, especially if you live near a college community. The one that I answered read: patients with diabetes wanted for medical clinical trial. Will pay 50 dollars for each visit.
At the time 50 dollars sounded like a godsend. A complete medical workup was scheduled. This included four pages of very small print, question-and-answer about my health. Then I was grilled for very specific details about anything that concerned them. Being a nondrinker non-smoker and a model husband turned out to be my ticket into a trial. By the time they decided I would make a good study I was pretty sure I didn’t want to be studied. I hung on for the first $50
The biggest hurdle was I also had to prove that I could follow instructions. I was given a journal that could not be taken apart without leaving evidence. Those being tested are the only ones that can write inside of the Journal without nullifying the trial.
All of my supplies would be paid for, and I would have an old fashioned physician monitoring my health intently. Just pick up the phone and call the doctor, 24 hours a day if there are any, problems. Heavy stress was laid on the word ANY.
My trial was to be a double-blind trial. I don’t know which side I’m on, neither does the staff administering this trial. The purpose of the trial is to resolve whether a specific drug helps to reduce low blood sugar readings. If you have ever experienced a nightly series of low blood sugar episodes then you realize how important such a drug can be.
Often I would wake up in bed knowing that something very bad was wrong with my body. I cannot describe how confusing, how conflicting my experiences were. Some of my readings were – like 45-50. I had to get sugar-releasing food into me in me very quickly, before I passed out.
I told the staff in advance that placebos usually work twice is well for me as the real medicine, but only for a short time.
A placebo is something like a sugar pill or something of that nature that will have no ill effect on the body. Put inside a liquid or inside of a capsule, the patient has no way of telling which one is being administered, nor can the patient tell if the staff switches from placebo back to the real thing somewhere down the line.
My blood sugars have straightened out, become a thing of the past. I’m sure that I’m taking the real drug.