Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications between me, my local Tandem Diabetes representative, my endocrinologist, and a diabetes education center, my journey with an insulin pump has been significantly delayed. Up until this past Monday, I had been assured that the only training I needed prior to pumping insulin would be from my Tandem representative. The morning of my hypothetical appointment with the rep, less than 30 minutes away from beginning to program my basal rates, I received a phone call from my rep saying that my appointment with the diabetes education center had to come first, that their “pump start” class was mandatory for my endocrinologist’s patients that are new to pumping, and I would need to follow up with them on the necessary paperwork.
As of this blog post’s publishing, my insulin pump is sitting in its original box, buried in our closet of diabetes supplies behind boxes of insulin pen needles I can’t wait to leave behind.
Following up on last week’s call-in show, I received another batch of impressions from the Medicine X community to share with all of you. Additionally, special guest host, and love of my life Dayle hosts this week’s podcast as I share my own Medicine X experience with all of you, my dear listeners. Enjoy!
For more information about Medicine X and the 2015 ePatient Scholarship Application, visit medicinex.stanford.edu.
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The Storification of tweets continues as I recap Day 2 of Stanford Medicine X. After the rush of hosting the opening panel the day before, I figured the rest of the weekend would be a walk in the park. Here are some of the stand-out moments from the day, as told by my ability to be clever in the span of 140 characters.
(And you should too)
We still have a ways to go before being the “token patient” at a conference is a thing of the past.
That, right there, is my most important tweet of the day. Maybe even the entire conference.
I realize that the longer I wait to Storify my tweets from last weekend, the more I’ll have to sift through before I find the content I want. Call it denial. Call it procrastination. Call it way too many tweets. Whatever you want to call it, you’re probably right.
So here’s Day 0, and my perspective on the Partnering for Health Workshop with Eli Lilly.
If you’ll excuse a moment of vanity.
I knew this year would be different. As a member of the ePatient Advisory Board, there would be more attention on what I did and said. Par for the course, I suppose, that increased responsibility means increased visibility means increased responsibility. Ben Parker would be proud. It was with this context that I decided to seriously step my fashion game up for the conference. In 2012 I wore polo shirts and button ups, but I also had a zip-up hoodie on standby. Last year I bought new shirts, in particular for my opening panel that I moderated. But this year I needed something more assertive; something more mature.
(This one was selected specifically for my portrait.) Continue reading