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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#investing     #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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#accountability #good #painful

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Daily Post: Good Teamwork in Developing Creative Solution

As a diabetes educator,  I have been blessed to work alongside with numerous persons with diabetes and their families.  There is one particular person with diabetes, Bill, and his wife, Betty,  who have become very dear to my heart as they face the challenge of Bill living with diabetes and dementia.  Remembering to inject insulin before eating and drinking have been a daunting task for Bill.  So the Bill, Betty and I put our heads together and developed a creative sign to put on the refrigerator to provide a reminder for Bill to inject insulin before eating.  Guess what?  It worked.  Even his grandkids are asking Bill if he has injected insulin before eating.

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#teamwork #creative #solution

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A “Lump of Coal” …a Life Forever Changed

When we first meet somebody, we have no inkling just how much they may end up changing our life forever. It was the fall of 2001 when I met Joe for the first time during a job interview. At the time, I really needed a job after completing a one year post graduate residency program in pharmacy. During the interview, it became clear Joe was a very well-established pharmacist and businessman. Joe had a clear vision for a new innovative diabetes program. He was looking for a “less seasoned” pharmacist who could take the ball and run hard in developing this program. In many ways, I felt this was the ideal opportunity since I was looking for nontraditional pharmacy work that would allow me to utilize the unique skills learned during the residency and to not be tied to a desk all day.

Initially, I was skeptical of Joe’s opportunity since if something seems too good to be true – it probably isn’t true. Yet something seemed different about Joe. After accepting the job, I would learn over the next few years that Joe was different, he possessed a kind, calm, and selfless spirit who could see the best in everyone around him. Yet, he did not hold back in pushing towards a goal all the while inspiring others to join him…no intimidation, not brash.

I was caught off guard the first time that Joe said to me, “…you are a “lump of coal” and I am going to help you become a diamond…” To some extent, you could say I was a bit overconfident at that time, so I found these words harsh. However, as time went on, I realized how I was a “lump of coal” and had a whole lot to learn. I would say that I am still a ways off from becoming the “diamond” Joe envisioned, but I am sure to strive hard each day towards that end!

But back to Joe, he not only was an innovator, pharmacist, and an inspiration to others, Joe lived with Type 2 diabetes as did his wife, JoAnn. They understood the real day to day challenges of living with diabetes. There paths crossed with scores of people learning to live with Type 2 diabetes and Joe and JoAnn were there to educate, encourage, and to love on these individuals. Joe and JoAnn quietly made a difference in the lives of so many people.

So for those short 2.5 years, I was privileged to work with Joe as his apprentice in managing an employer site based diabetes wellness program which was part of a national diabetes self-management initiative. I not only facilitated training of pharmacist in diabetes management and how to be a diabetes coach, but I also worked directly as a diabetes coach providing ongoing support for individuals living with diabetes. My love of working with those living with diabetes and training colleagues in diabetes took deep roots in my soul during this timeworking alongside Joe.

Unfortunately, after no longer working with Joe directly, I lost contact with him for a few years. His investment and impact in my life never got lost! Recently, my heart hit the ground when I learned of Joe’s death a few weeks ago. My one regret is not having kept in better touch with him. My life has been forever transformed by Joe. And I will faithfully continue my journey to become the “diamond” that Joe imagined! As a footnote, Joe and JoAnn passed away within 32 hours of each other – what a life these two lived!

Who is the “Joe” in your life? Are you the “Joe” in someone else’s life?

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#lump #coal #life #forever #changed

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Daily Piece: World Pharmacists Day

What a great day it is…it is World Pharmacists Day!  Wishing all of my fellow pharmacists a cheers and thanks today for all that you do each day.  Each of you provide individualized care that has a profound impact at the individual, community and population levels.  Thank you! 

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