Information Therapy – Quick, Cheap and Indispensable

A fascinating concept, this.  The idea is simply that “giving the patient information relevant to his or her current moment in care” will improve the patient’s overall health and outcomes. Ahem, yeeeesss, that could help.
You might be surprised to learn that volumes of research papers and even official medical conferences have been built around this concept.  Check out Informationtherapy.org, non-profit center that “aims to advance the practice and science of information therapy to improve…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 10: When Partners Clash Over Doctor’s Care

Welcome back again to the Diabetic Partner Follies, where the significant others of the PWDs (people with diabetes) are invited to vent. This week, we feature another double-diabetic household, in which one is none-to-happy with the other’s medical providers. A new kind of sticky wicket. Hopefully, you all out in the Community can offer some advice here. (And remember, if you’d like to submit a post, email me here.)
So, Amy, you haven’t heard from…

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(Medical Supply) Dreams Do Come True

Who remembers a while back when I was bemoaning the lack of a vial protector product that fit a Lantus bottle?  Not even those nifty little InSure vial protectors are thin enough to fit those tall, skinny and delicate Lantus vials.  What’s a PWD taking Lantus to do?
Happily, Necessity is the Mother of Invention, and I’ve just discovered their whereabouts:
Renee T. of Regato Enterprises, Ltd., in Illinois wrote me recently to say: “My…

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The Miracle of Timing

A wonder has occurred.  One of my own making, I might add.  Wasn’t it me who said the ‘T’ in RUT was for Troubleshoot?  Well, I’m proud to say this time I’ve had miraculous results.
The new strategy I’m testing is injecting at least 20 minutes (to half an hour) before eating, and for about 10 days now, things have been GOOD.  It’s absolutely Earth-shaking to see my post-prandial BG levels drop from 240+ to…

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The Book I Did Write

So I didn’t write the Great American Diabetes Narrative, nope.  But what I dreamed of doing was offering a clear instruction manual on how to manage your own health with diabetes — the kind of book I certainly could have used but couldn’t find when I was diagnosed.
Author James Hirsch writes of a growing divide between diabetic haves and have-nots — a world in which “an elite corps of highly motivated, educated, and financially…

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