Diabetes Educator

By sparkysmom Latest Reply 2009-01-09 12:41:48 -0600
Started 2009-01-06 09:57:07 -0600

I have my first appointment with the educator on Friday. They say it is an evaluation meeting. What type of questions should I ask? Is there anything you can think of that I need to take with me

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sparkysmom 2009-01-09 12:41:48 -0600 Report

I learned a lot. Starting with it isn't how much I have been eating but what and when. She showed me how to correctly use my Meter. I have been doing it wrong.She spent almost 2 hours answering questions I had and giving me some really great information. We discussed my meds and an exercise program and some of the stress points in my life. I also mentioned this site and she is going to check us out. I set up to go to another class that is an all day one and my Hubby is coming with me. I look forward to it.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-09 12:09:57 -0600 Report

Who needs a Diabetes Educator and why? I'm serious. Do they do something for me that my doctor doesn't? My doctor hasn't even mentioned to me that I need one.

Southern Granny
Southern Granny 2009-01-09 10:58:44 -0600 Report

I have been to the classes. It sure helpful in many ways. The only thing that bothers me is that the doctors and the educators have different opinions.
The ketones have not been discussed. Help!

GabbyPA 2009-01-07 19:19:15 -0600 Report

Yes, the advocate is a great idea. I am finding that I did it naturally with my husband. I go to all of his appointments. Now I am needing one, and he is mine. I don't like my care provider and I am going to need him to keep me even and help me get the answers I am seeking.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 22:11:20 -0600 Report

glad your husband can be your advocate, mine cannot be, when I was diagnosed with my lupus I had him with me and his only question to the specialist was "is she contagious" after that first and last appt. with him I decided to take my daughter (lol)

GabbyPA 2009-01-08 15:38:47 -0600 Report

Oh good grief. Guys have a way about them sometimes. LOL. Mine likes to just show off his 14" forearms to all the nurses. LOL

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-06 11:30:37 -0600 Report

Some of the question I would probably start with:
1. How to use a gluclometer
2. Have a A1C check every three months
3. Consult with a dietian for diabetic diet
4. How often do you need to have bloodwork done.
5. How often blood sugar check at home with machine.
6.Diabetic emergencies- hypogycemic, hyperglycemia…What to do!
7. At what range he wants you yo check your ketone with a high blood sugar

I probably will be adding but at this time I can't think!!!
Hope this helps a little…Debe

sparkysmom 2009-01-06 12:43:31 -0600 Report

Thank You both. I'm printing these s as we speak

2009-01-07 14:18:05 -0600 Report

Thank you Debe, I printed this too. I'm going in a few weeks and I want to be ready. Thanks a bunch, Angie

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 14:36:13 -0600 Report

one thing i am hearing a lot of lately is to take someone with you, who knows you and might have some questions that you may forget. jackie

GabbyPA 2009-01-06 09:59:52 -0600 Report

This sounds really neat. Please let me know how it goes and some of the things you learn.
I would imagine any question that you have about your general health, your drugs, interactions, ways to control your trouble spots, things like that. If the idea is to educate you, then I would also ask some questions that you know the answers to, just to see if you are on the same page. I do that in other situations just to see if people are BSing me or not. It can be very effective. LOL