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Disasters Averted

Disasters Averted are stories submitted by our readers and medical editors from direct experience in the field. Do you have a story? If your story is used, we will send you a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Submissions can be anonymous.

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Know the Difference When Choosing Between CGMs

You may wonder which CGM monitor is best for your patients. I know I do. Learn from Dr. Stephen W. Ponder, MD, FAAP, CDE-AADE Educator of the Year, Board Certified Pediatric Endocrinologist, Pediatric Residency Program Director at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Hospital and 50 year Joslin Medalist. He also helps people with diabetes through the "sugar surfing" method to empower individuals who have diabetes to live fuller and more satisfying lives.

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We Repeat: Teach To Remove The Needle Shield!

Last week I was teaching a patient how to self inject an injectable medication. As I was going through the steps, I told her twice of the importance of removing not only the outer cover of the needle, but also the needle shield. She gave me one of those looks like, "Why did you tell me this twice?" Then she said, "I know!"

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Gut Reactions

This is not one patient’s disaster averted but what I have experienced working in the field of diabetes and obesity for years. Many times patients who are taking glucose lowering and/or anti obesity medications will report different GI complaints-such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and GERD. They tell me they are going to see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation.

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Finding Success with Food Logging

Woman, 55 years of age, referred to me for obesity management. She visited without recent labs, so we got started with the agreement she would get her labs drawn soon after her visit. At our first visit, her blood pressure was 150/98, HR 64, and weight 204, BMI-35, therefore her BMI category was class II obesity. PMH-+Migraine Headaches. FH-+Mother died of lung cancer. Her mother was a smoker. Patient is not.

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To Give Your Patients Hope, Listen Well to The Stories They Tell Themselves

I recently met a patient whose life is alternative medicine. Not complementary medicine but alternative medicine. A young woman in her early 30’s who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. Besides having an A1C of 10.5%, I could tell she was struggling. Her career is in alternative medicine. For years she has been looking for a way to stop taking insulin. She is looking for the cure, but as with many, has difficulty believing it’s not here yet. She has had diabetes education, but because she hasn’t really met the hcp she can relate to or who has given her the answer she wants to hear, she’s not really put things together yet.

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A Way to Motivate Unmotivated Patients

Young man, 21 years of age. type 1 diabetes since 9 years of age. Has not been to see hcp for a year. States he doesn’t like people interrogating him, but came in because he needs his insulin. States he doesn’t check his glucose because he can tell what it is. Tired of having type 1 diabetes and tired of checking numbers. A1C in office--10.2%.

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