Jeff Hitchcock, President of Children with Diabetes, Inc., is my guest this week. We cover the origins of childrenwithdiabetes.com, the massive popularity and growth of the Friends for Life conference, keeping up with diabetes news and technology advances, and the simultaneous feeling of fear and freedom that comes with running a non profit organization. I also learn which movie best depicts the work culture of the CIA, because I can segue from, and to anything. Enjoy.
Visit childrenwithdiabetes.com for diabetes resources and more information about upcoming conferences.
I saw a Facebook post from a parent celebrating the delivery of their child’s insulin pump and asking if Lantus would still be required once the transition to an insulin pump was complete. Of my many reactions to this, chief among them was confusion. Wasn’t it common knowledge that insulin pumps deliver basal and bolus? Isn’t this something that should be explained by a medical professional prior to filling out the paperwork and going down that path? If you’re sharing these sentiments on Facebook, shouldn’t you have learned this through DOC osmosis (DOCmosis?)? Wouldn’t you want to do as much research as possible before making a significant emotional and financial commitment to your child’s diabetes care?
But maybe that fact isn’t common knowledge. Maybe their endocrinologist didn’t take the time to explain the intricacies of pumping insulin. Maybe this is your chance to ask questions before things get real. Maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
Maybe I’m part of a hyper-connected portion of the diabetes community that seeks this information, that lives on the cutting edge of technology and discussion. Maybe I’m the anomaly, and the people who could use a little extra care and exposition shouldn’t be treated with the condescension that initially flashed through my brain.
After 4 intense days of planning Medicine X 2015, I’m ready to get back to…whatever it is I call ‘normal’.
While the process was at times grueling, it was certainly rewarding. At the end of the last day each of the advisors wrote a word to represent what we meant to each other on a post-it note. The picture above is my collection of words. I was secretly hoping for ‘diet coke’ to be on all of them, but I appreciate the feedback I received.
I’ve never been part of something like this, where my input was so integral to everything that happened, and will happen. There’s a lot of work to be done before the conference next year, but I truly believe we’re on the right path.
5 years ago today, I met a girl at a cupcake shop.
Best decision I ever made.
For the next four days I’ll be participating in the 2014 Medicine X Advisory Board Retreat. Along with the other ePatient Advisors and Dr. Larry Chu, we’ll be discussing the 2014 conference and laying the groundwork for the 2015 happenings.
Also, there’s a view.
Santa Rosa is quite nice.
This week I spoke with Rick Johnson, Director of Healthcare Practice at JD Power and Associates about the recently released Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Survey. We also discussed the mechanics behind the survey, conclusions, and the general state of diabetes technology. Enjoy.
More information about the Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Survey can be found at jdpower.com.
Blink, and all of your diabetes friends just happen to be nearby.