For the past six months I have been working with UMASS Memorial on a diabetes fundraiser that I hope to formally announce in the coming weeks. When I first visited UMASS I was shown all over the diabetes center of excellence. I met some great doctors and amazing nurses, what made me fall in love with UMASS was everyone that I met took the time to get to know me as a person and a diabetic. Meeting these great people was not scheduled, that is what made it so great, they didn't know why I was there they were just being themselves. After my first visit I told Leanne that I wanted to be a patient at UMASS, I was only there for one hour and I was amazed at the dedication each doctor and nurse showed. As great as the family like atmosphere was it was the My Care Team technology that won me over.
What is My Care Team?? This may be an odd way to put it but it is diabetes management on crack. With the My Care Team technology I will be able to upload my blood glucose readings from my machine via usb right to my personal page on the My Care Team website. When I do so my endocrinologist will receive an email informing him that I have uploaded new information. My goal is to upload my readings every Sunday, as good as my A1C is, I want it to be better. I feel that I have hit a wall, my hope is that the My Care Team technology along with the amazing staff will allow me to not have as many low blood sugars while at work this year. I feel that if I upload my blood sugar readings on a weekly basis it will be like seeing my endocrinologist every week, which is a lot better than going every three months in my opinion.
I will miss my old endocrinologist, they were the ones that made me who I am today. After my surgery they kept me alive and taught me how to get control of my diabetes, I would not be who I am without them. Tomorrow will be tough but I feel it is a step I have to take.
Disclaimer- Although I have been working with UMASS Medical I am in no way being given free care or any money for being a patient or for writing this blog.