Diabetes school.. oh boy

By Latest Reply 2008-11-13 17:23:57 -0600
Started 2008-11-05 16:30:29 -0600

Hi, I saw my new primary doctor today and he referred me to "Diabetes school" because it's been so many years since I attended. Sigh! Oh well, I don't have anything else to do while I'm off on disability now do I? There are 3 classes of 2 1/2 hours a piece in store for me… woohoo!!! Let's see day one will be how to use a meter… yawn been using one for over 6 years now… LOL I shouldn't joke about it, as I'm sure there are some that would love to attend classes if offered. It's just that I've been there, done that many years ago and don't see why I have to go again. A cup of food is still a cup of food unless something dramatic has changed in food planning.. I'll let you know on that front and I'll be sure to share EVERYTHING I learn there with all of you. :)

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2008-11-13 17:23:57 -0600 Report

UPDATE: Well I went to Diabetes School today and it was exactly what I thought it would be. SNORE!! LOL I graduated so I don't have to go back for the other two classes. They were teaching carb counting and said to ignore the glycemic index because it wasn't good. of course I spoke up. . Now you know why I didn't want to go, I wanted to run. I guess we are all entitled to our opinions. There were only 2 of us in the class and the other guy felt the same way. I told them about using cinnamon capsules and my apple cider vinegar "cocktail" and they didn't know anything about it and said they'd have to research it. Since I've been using these unconventional things my blood sugar 2 hours after meals is the same as before meals and my blood pressure today was 110/62 and that was at the hospital!!. We had to do a blood test to show them we knew how and mine was 99.. There has to be a connection as I'm sure you'd all agree. Anyway, education is wonderful for newly diagnosed people and I encourage anyone that has questions or concerns to go if it's offered but to send someone like me who's been dealing with this on a daily basis for almost 7 years back to square one was ridiculous. We discuss these things here everyday. I told them I belong to this group and that we bounce things off of one another daily and that we have Toma for our scientific research.. and they were a little intimidated I think so they graduated me!! LOL. Thank you all for your support and kind words. I'm free!!!

patti 2008-11-07 10:05:36 -0600 Report

Hi JUdy,
Glad you are feeling good after your surgery! The "school' isnt that bad. My doc sent me to one years ago when first dx. They in turn sent me to a dietician. I have so many food allergies that they werent sure what to do with me…lol. But you should have fun in the class I had a great instuctor with a great sense of humor! She made the class fun. Have fun!

apanda 2008-11-06 15:34:54 -0600 Report

I took these classes this summer at my local hospital. I found them wonderfully informative and learned a lot of helpful tips. Keep an open mind. There are lots of new products and tips that they have to offer. Im very glad I did this. If I had to learn all of this stuff on my own I would still be struggling.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-06 15:49:17 -0600 Report

I went to these classes and also found them very informative, I kept all the paper work they passed out and still occasionally read them just to remind myself, they also gave us all new meters at the end of the class, my hardest part was portion sizes and they still get to me

Avera 2008-11-05 22:58:21 -0600 Report

I will be interested in hearing about it. I've been thinking about asking my doctor about going to hear all the new things that are being taught. Even though I keep up with news on this site, it would be better to hear what the pros have to say.

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-06 09:35:39 -0600 Report

I have attended these classes when I was first diagonsed in 1994.I am sure that I have forgot a lot of stuff.I would like to go to another one,I might do this during the winter months.

caspersmama 2008-11-05 18:51:33 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic for a long time over 10 years and last year I went to the classes also. And like you I thought I knew alot but I learned a whole new way of thinking. Plus with all the new advances in meters, testing, insulin, etc. i found the classes to be very informative. Plus at the end we sat down one on one with the moderator and she went over what we were eating and changes we could make. Then after 2 weeks we came back so she could see how we were doing and my numbers had improved from what I had learned. So I enjoyed my class. Hopefully there will be something you find that you can use. Good Luck.

SkipT 2008-11-05 16:44:43 -0600 Report

I went to one of those schools when I was first diagnosed and they told me I had to eat 150 grams of carbs a day! I was already on the Dr. Bernstein program doing 30 grams a day. I followed what I thought best, and lost 77lbs and was able to get myself off medication. You have to take what they tell you into consideration, and then find out thru bg testing what is actually right for you.

2008-11-05 16:59:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for the insight Skip. I've been doing this for over 6 years myself and I know what to eat and not eat but this doctor insists on everyone going through the classes. I'll just listen, make note of anything noteworthy and move on. My insurance will only pay for it this once so his idea of an annual refresher isn't happening… LOL

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