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  1. Sysy
    Sysy August 9, 2012 at 5:46 am | | Reply

    Wow, great post! Pretty uplifting to read. I’m always amazed that the word “non-compliant” is still used. Does anyone ever want to be called “non-compliant”? I can understand it being used as an inside term used in stats and research but I don’t think a patient should ever be aware they are being called that. It’s too technical and harsh and insensitive. I prefer someone thinking that my weight loss efforts didn’t develop or stick versus me being (like some robot) non-compliant with my orders of doing so. Can we say that? “My A1c under 7% didn’t develop”? lol I do believe in patient empowerment and responsibility but we get there once a patient actually feels that something is possible and completely worth their while. Until then, all else will fail. Focusing on feelings is extremely important since they often dictate our behavior. I actually favor struggling PWDs to see a psychiatrist because it helps us to pinpoint our mental state or attitude that may be in the way of our diabetes management. A CDE helps with more technical aspects of our management and can provide great encouragement.

  2. Terry
    Terry August 9, 2012 at 7:35 am | | Reply

    Allison – Great column today! The emotional component of diabetes along with the subsequent action path, if any, that the PWD chooses in response to those emotions is a key factor in our health. Your piece made me realize that the pyscho-social, emotional care is missing ingredient that often fouls up the relationship we have with our doctors, too.

    It may be a pollyanna-pie-in-the-sky need that I sense but I want my diabetes medical providers to first and foremost respect me. Genuine respect came only grow with genuine communication. My decades long 24/7/365 experience with this disease dwarfs the time any doctor or educator has studied and practiced. We PWDs need to be true partners, not subjects, with our medical providers.

    Let’s hope the bit of evolution in thinking that you witnessed at the conference will continue. Great choice of topics!

  3. Ellen
    Ellen August 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    Great article!!! thank you very much

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