Today we had a fantastic live interview with Dr. Bill Polonsky, founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, on the TuDiabetes homepage. For those of you who saw it, what did you think? Did you learn something new? What? Did you benefit from the event? How? I'd love to hear your thoughts and input, to help me plan future sessions!
You can also watch the video of the event here, and then give feedback!
Thank you for the great talk Bill and nice site for us to nose around for further info. Thanks again :)
hello, i just watched the video and am so glad i did. the psychological/emotional side to this D nightmare is massive. i am definitely downloading the little booklet from the diabetes behavioural institute for some special people.
listening to dr polonsky talk about his patients/clients reassured me that i am normal, and that is really a positive thing. i have only been t1 for less than two years and my responses to meter numbers has only just changed from very emotionally charged (read: tears and wanting to throw meter out my fourth floor window) to more practical and focussed responses, how do i fix this, what do i need to do for next time-type thinking. it wasnt a concerted effort to change my responses, it just sort of happened and has put an end to the stress of testing. somewhat.
i thought it was good that it was more conversational instead of the one-sided way it has been done previously.
I found the video very interesting. I liked the concept of "disengaged" replacing "denial" (and, perhaps, "non-compliant" too, while we're at it?). I think that's a lot more accurate about what seems to be reported from people in that situation. I am glad to hear a psychiatrist make that distinction. Dr. Polonsky seems acutely aware of the hazards that labeling and communication from medical providers pose to people with diabetes.
I also like his characterization of himself as "the host of the party" at group meetings. I think that it's really important for people with diabetes to establish connections, even virtual ones, with each other and that even a highly trained and sympathetic professional lacks a certain experience we get from our experiences.
The only slight quibble I had was in saying "the A1C number is never going to be perfect" because I think there are quite a few people floating around whose A1C numbers are, in fact, perfect or, at least "normal" using at least the definitions used by labs. I would like to see someone, perhaps someone in Dr. Polonsky's field, approach the issue of what people with normalized or closer to normalized BG do differently. Is it just a different approach or, as is sometimes speculated about, is it an endless honeymoon or some other "hardware" issue? If it is something different about the approach of people with more normalized BG, the cost, always a big issue these days, would be relatively low and perhaps it could be "translated" into a different medical approach to spread some techniques in a more organized manner to improve the results for the whole community. It seems like a study could be designed but I suspect that the problem may be that doctors are uneasy with people who's A1C is much below 6.5 as many doctors cite the "hazards" when that comes up.
I also liked the discussion of the CGM w/ Emily, the doctor "this data is great" vs. Emily "It was driving me nuts!". I think I may get both results out of it but it was nice to hear people talking about it.
Re the "event" questions, I like them but am usually at work so I miss the fun. I made a couple last year on spare days off and I found them interesting. I like the videos and also that the Tu Team is continually tinkering with the format and delivery to work to improve things, sort of like continually tinkering with the format and delivery of insulin and food? hee hee...
Very refreshing, feeling refocused and humbled. I tend to bristle up and think no one knows what we go thru everyday, but after watching, it brought me back down to understand that not everyone deals w/ what we deal w/ everyday and I need to understand non diabetics issues just as much as others need to understand ours.