I was googling around looking for some sort of program or retreat for adults to go get a fresh start diabetes wise. I hoped there was some sort of place where you could go and they would reevaluate all of your basal settings, carb sensitivities, and just completely rework your plan. I have been working my butt off for the past few years, switched to a great new doc, but I'm still struggling to get down from a 9 A1c and I'm just ready for a big change. I'm not from Boston, but came across this Do-It program from Joslin and was wondering if anyone has tried it out or has any suggestions. Thanks!
Hi Ellie - I did the DO-IT program when I was newly diagnosed about 5 years ago and found it very helpful. You get a very good medical workup, a lot of general education including useful tips, one on one meetings with a senior endo and CDEs and a chance to meet others with diabetes.
do you think it is beneficial for someone who has had diabetes for say, nearly 18 years? Or is it the type of program that would benefit anyone?
There were people in my group who had had diabetes since they were kids and they seemed to get a lot out of it as well. For example, there was an hour scheduled for old timers with a psychologist to learn how to pick up subtle cues of hypos before getting into trouble.
There is a lot of personal attention especially if you ask for help. If you're looking for a comprehensive reset. I think the program is a good one.
Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.
I did the DoIt program about 5 or 6 years ago. It was great for me, helped me fine tune things, see different medical professionals that you might not otherwise see, like an exercise physiologist. I lost 25 pounds over 6 months after the program. My husband came along, which was great for him. Hearing all the things that I have been telling him for years from other people, i think helped him understand where I was coming from and not just being a drama queen. There were newly dx'd people there, old timers like myself, a real range of different experiences. It was really kind of neat to be with a large group of people that all shared the same common issue. I would take the class again, but the out of pocket expenses for me which insurance doesn't cover are too high. I would recommend going if you can.
I love the idea of seeking a fresh start.
Another option: the TCOYD (Taking Care of Your Diabetes) seminars held throughout the country.
Although I've not done the DO-IT, I've long been a fan of Joslin and their approach to care. And while you may think that because the main site is in Boston, there are other Joslin centers throughout the country. And many people travel and stay in Boston in order to take part in the four day program. Who knows, maybe your insurance will cover a substantial part of the program.
Can someone who has done the DOIT program post the cost and if insurance covered it. Thank you.
It's been 5+ years but I think the cost was $3,500 with $3,000 covered by insurance. A spouse or other relative/partner can come along for just the cost of meals.