Daily Piece: Annual Diabetes Eye Exam

After being in clinic today, my mind is fixed on the importance of getting annual diabetes eye exam.  If you are a person with diabetes, do you make getting your annual diabetes eye exam a priority? I have two young adults with Type 1 diabetes who I have worked with for a few years who are now experiencing eye related complications from years of having glucose values that have been far out of target range.  The silver lining is that they are now aware of the reality of their current situation and can turn the ship around. Get eyes exam, become informed and turn the ship around.

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Daily Piece: Now is the Time to Integrate the Diabetes Educator

While talking with the wonderful AADE Oregon Coordinating Body leaders on Thursday evening, I learned of Jessie Peterson, a diabetes educator, who is integrated into a primary practice, and all persons with diabetes seen in this practice have appointments with Jessie for clinical management, education and support. Shout out to Jesse!  It is time to move out of the silo of the education department into integration within outpatient primary care clinics.  Let’s integrate!

 

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#integrate     #diabetes     #educator  #primarycare

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Daily Piece: Ineffective Communication Makes for Frustrating Experience

As a healthcare professional, I tend to get in my groove when I am in clinic with a strong focus on patient care and effective communication.  I forget at times however frustrating it can be for patients, loved ones and caregivers when there is a complete lack of communication.

Today my husband and I experienced a very frustrating situation due to ineffective communication while at a specialist office visit and outpatient surgery center with my husband. He saw the specialist, and I listened attentively for the assessment and plan.  All was good. My husband and I were sent to check out clerk to schedule appointment for his outpatient surgical procedure. The clerk provided he and I with brief directions for a short walk to the outpatient surgery center around the corner to schedule his procedure.  Problem….he and I were NOT told that we would need to allow 40 minutes to “schedule” appointment for the procedure.  After the brief walk over to the surgery center, a receptionist “tosses” over a clip board with a stack of forms to complete.  She failed to explain that all of this “paperwork” had to be completed before meeting with another clerk who would enter in the information into the electronic health record then pass us off to the final person for scheduling the appointment.

A great lesson learned today (other than to avoid the particular surgery center in the future) for myself is to slow down and make sure that I am providing clear and effective communication with patients.

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#ineffective     #communication     #frustrating  #experience

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Daily Piece: Exciting New Guidelines…A Must Read

For my fellow diabetes educators and healthcare professionals, have you read the updated guidelines from ADA and EASD on the treatment of hyperglycemia in Type 2 diabetes? This set of 2018 guidelines are a refreshing update from the 2015 guidelines.  This update emphasizes individualized care for the person with Type 2 diabetes.  Please click below to take a few minutes to get up to speed. I promise that you will not regret it!

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2018/09/27/dci18-0033?utm_source=easd-announcement-101218&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read-report-btn&utm_campaign=PRO&s_src=email&s_subsrc=642041

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Being a Diabetes Educator Comes Out in Unexpected Settings

During dinner this evening at my husband twice year corporate leadership meeting, I had a couple of most interesting conversations.  One of my husband’s professional colleagues shared that he met a diabetes educator on his flight down to Atlanta.  He was excited to meet this educator  and understood the importance of the role of the diabetes educator due to his getting to know me over the last few years at these leadership meetings.

A dear professional friend of my husband shared how changing his diet to a focus on whole, non-processed foods and incorporating daily walks into his life has strengthened his battle against cancer.  Our diet (eating habits) and incorporating regular physical activity into our daily has the power to radically enhance our life and improve our overall health. I continue to strongly believe that our eating habits and physical activity are medicine.

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#diabetes     #unexpected    #settings

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Wealth of Feedback Possible from Glucose Monitoring

Do you ever wonder is it really important to check my blood sugar?  What kind of feedback can I really get from glucose monitoring? Are you familiar with terms such as average glucose, time in range and standard deviation when it comes to glucose monitoring?  DiaTribe has an excellent article that breaks down what these terms mean and the feedback that you can gather from these terms.  Please click below to learn more from DiaTribe (and I encourage to subscribe to DiaTribe as they provide excellent information and support for those living with diabetes).

https://diatribe.org/understanding-average-glucose-standard-deviation-cv-and-blood-sugar-variability?utm_source=diaTribe&utm_campaign=bfad372915-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_m180&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22467a8528-bfad372915-152660205

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Daily Piece: Investing in Future Healthcare Professionals

I feel strongly that diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals have a responsibility to invest in future healthcare professionals.  I have the honor of teaching and precepting pharmacy students.  During my time with these students, my passion for working with persons with diabetes and educating others about diabetes is weaved throughout my time with these students.  Most recently, I have had the privilege of precepting Freddi Mehlhorn who wrote the Reece’s Pieces hurricane preparedness  blog.  Thank you Freddi for your hard work!

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#investing     #future     #healthcare  #professionals

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Daily Piece: Investing in the Next Generation

One of the highlights of my week is serving as a diabetes educator and clinician in an indigent diabetes during pregnancy clinic.  I meet woman from many different countries.  Most recently, I have had the privilege of working a sweet and kind lady from the Congo.  Her husband has been very engaged which has made all the difference during her pregnancy.  The highlight of my working with this precious couple was meeting their newborn.  Knowing that I had the opportunity to invest in this child’s life before they were born was amazing.  What a great way to invest in the life of a precious Mom while also caring for the next generation.

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Daily Piece: Happy American Pharmacists Month!

Did you know that October is American Pharmacists Month? Did you know that pharmacists are “the medication therapy experts” as well as the most accessible health care professional?  Pharmacists can help you with safe medication use, provide you guidance on selecting the most appropriate over the counter medication, and counseling on how to manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma.  Visit your local pharmacy to meet your pharmacist.

 

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Daily Piece: Accountability Good and Painful

I had almost fell over laughing earlier today when I overheard a patient in good humor tell my colleague (also a diabetes educator) that coming to see her was worse than seeing a probation officer.   The patient knew that my colleague cared for him and his having the best qualify of life possible.  Accountability can be hard at times but it is worth it in the end.

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