A Month In The Life Of A Diabetic

Diabetes Support Series: Support & Self Care Behaviors For Managing Diabetes

March

Diabetes Support Series: Cooking For Heart Health & Diabetes

February

Diabetes Patient Support Series: The Best Physical Activity For Managing Diabetes

january

Diabetes Patient Support Series: Cooking For Heart Health & Diabetes
february
Diabetes Patient Support Series: Support and Self Care Behaviors For Managing Diabetes

march

 

National Diabetes Awareness Month

What is your definition of a good doctor? A survey conducted by Harvard University suggests that empathy, kindness, compassion and good listening were more important to patients than whether the physician was competent and tenacious.

While this may not reflect truth for everyone, Vibrant Health wants to better understand how to emotionally and physically support our patients living with diabetes.

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, and through the use of modern technology, Vibrant Health Nephrologist, Ben Morgan, MD (who is not diabetic), will vicariously live the life of an insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetic – -and blog or post videos about his experiences regularly throughout the month of November.

Dr. Morgan will be responding to data provided by an insulin-dependent Type 1 Diabetic* wearing the identical model Medtronic pump Enlite® continuous glucose monitoring sensor (CGMS) that is linked to Dr. Morgan’s smart phone. Though this technology, he will have access to real-time blood glucose readings and other valuable information at crucial points during the day, including: before and during exercise; prior to driving; and in the middle of the night.

The weblog will track Dr. Morgan’s transitional journey from his multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) to insulin pump therapy and through the ups and downs of living with – and managing — diabetes.  Dr. Morgan will learn what it feels like to check and monitor his blood sugars, adjust and inject himself with insulin, grocery shop and manage the myriad challenges along the way.

The end goal is for Dr. Ben Morgan to understand what it feels like to live with diabetes so he can better relate to the barriers and challenges of living with this disease. In other words, he’ll learn to better empathize with patients and help Vibrant Health provide additional tools, valuable resources, and support and information to help our patients realize their greatest potential and be powered by health and wellness.

*The name is being withheld to respect the privacy of the patient.

Upcoming Diabetes Patient Support Series

 

Kumquat and Other Grocery Store Mysteries

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 6 PM – 7 PM

Presenters: Debra Sanders, RD, CD, CDE and Louise Bilk, Regional Wellness Specialist

Location: Family Fresh Market in River Falls

 

Using Technology as a Tool for Managing Diabetes

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 6 PM – 7 PM

Presenters: Debra Sanders, RD, CD, CDE, Samantha Bluhm and Kensey Schultz

Location: River Falls Area Hospital Classrooms

 

The Best Physical Activity for Managing Diabetes

Date: January TBD from 6 PM – 7 PM

Presenters: Local gym representatives

Location: River Falls Area Hospital Classrooms

 

Cooking for Heart Health and Diabetes

Date: Tuesday, February 7 from 6 PM – 7 PM

Presenters: Debra Sanders, RD, CD, CDE and Louise Bilk, Regional Wellness Specialist

Location: Family Fresh Market in River Falls

 

Support and Self Care Behaviors for Managing Diabetes

Date: Tuesday, March 7 from 6 PM  – 7 PM

Presenters: Deb Sanders, Vibrant Health Family Clinic Care Coordinators

Location: River Falls Area Hospital Classrooms

 

 

Read the log entries below to follow Dr. Ben Morgan as he puts himself in the shoes of his diabetic patients and lives the life of a Diabetic for the month of November.

Log 1: Tools For Managing Diabetes

Log 2: Pager for a Pump

Log 3: What Dr. Ben Morgan Learned from NOT Reading the Manual 

Log 4: Tangled Up

Log 5: Costly Mishap

Log 6: Not All Pancakes (Hotcakes) are Equal

Log 7: Precious Drops

Log 8: I don’t want to be diabetic today

Log 9:

Log 10: