Thursday, June 2, 2011
A Good Advocate!
Today I had my diabetic education centre appointment (D.E.C) at the hospital. I go pretty much every three months and it is an hour appointment. I really enjoy going to these appointments because the nurses are always so excited to see me and I feel very comfortable telling them/asking them anything and that's the way it should be.
At a lot of the diabetic events I go to we talk a lot about being a good advocate for yourself. Knowing what you deserve and not attempting to deal with anything less. This rule can apply to anything in life really - but when it comes to your health it is important that you are working with a team that cares about you and can at least understand that you are human not just what they studied in University.
For me, my health care team is great and I wouldn't change them for the world on the other hand a lot of people including myself have found a disconnect with their endocrinologists, yet don't both to do anything about it because you have an awesome team in the D.E.C anyways - at least that is my way of thinking about it.
At my appointment we printed off all my charts and looked at them; however, since it was mainly focused on my past vacations it was incredibly unrealistic to judge. In the last week I suspended my pump enough to equal one day - ONE DAY! Unbelievable! But hey, what's a girl got to do with an un waterproof pump!
My A1C was higher than I thought, but since it is mainly based around the last month I don't have too much to worry about since it is back to regular eating patterns and regular types of activities. Hopefully in the next couple weeks I can get everything back to normal and let my pump know we won't be going through any time changes or suspending for multiple hours for awhile.
It's time to settle back into reality and focus a little more on diabetes management!