These classes were through a program put on with the insurances at the hospital that include Medicare Advantage plans, the employees plan, one for children of low income families and probably CICP, the program for indigent Coloradoans. There was a lady that came in the 2nd week who had been told about it by someone who was not insured there and she was welcomed to stay, too. I wasn't able to get to the last two weeks because of an appointment and because I had a cold coming on that had me asleep all day. But some of the things they told us were things I didn't know, so maybe I will be able to finish the class when they do it again.
The local hospital here has free classes too--BUT...
... you have to have a doctor's referral to attend.
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They have the regular diabetes classes there all the time and also at a couple of the clinics that are in the communities. The problem I had with them is they teach all of them in Spanish and I don't know anything but counting to 10, Good Day, and Tomorrow in Spanish anymore. Even if there were English-speaking people at the classes, they could only ask one or two questions and they were answered halfway and then back to the Spanish. I sat through over half of a class and left since I couldn't get anything out of it. The one answer in English was something about where to find something (which store). When I called to ask about this class I asked if it was in English since I couldn't understand the Spanish. I have tried to relearn it (I took 6 years of it), but got nowhere.
My original classes were one-on-one with a diabetic nurse (that was free, too, if I remember correctly). They would only allow her part-time, so she had to quit to get a full-time job. Now if you are English speaking you are up the creek.
It is part of the hospital health care plans and is free. They are having different 4-week classes each month. They said there was a lot that they were looking at for this class and I think I am going to suggest they have something like Part 2 and Part 3 or whatever it would take to do the entire thing. It was pretty much a round table today because they are asking questions of people and then also answering questions. I have been in the older weight management classes that didn't have a very good turnout, but they have to look for another room for this class because there was not enough room.
I have to ask the question is this a free class for all diabetics in your community who wants to go.It sounds like a really good program. Way to go!! We have a once a month roundtable with a speaker. There are Drs and Educators there. It is posted in the local paper but not very many people come to them. It is too bad they put in the time but they are under valued for sure.
Thanks for posting this. Somehow there has to be a better way. Pat in Maine.
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They started a new class at our hospital on "Take Control of your Diabetes." This is different than the usual Diabetes classes and I learned a couple things. One lady brought several flyers she had picked up at the Diabetes Expo and mentioned about the classes they have at those. One thing she mentioned that they talked about in one of the classes was getting dizzy or light headed. Often you hear about that with hypoglycemia, but seldom with hyperglycemia. But you can often get dizzy with the hyperglycemia (I do all the time) and they had said it was from not drinking enough water because your electrolytes get out of balance.
One thing I didn't realize was the problem with diabetes medicines and alcohol. I always thought you didn't drink alcohol because it made your BG spike, but it makes it drop if you have taken your meds and not eaten. Of course, it can depend on what the drink is since if it has a lot of sugar in it it would probably increase the BG.
I think this is going to be eye-opening even though I have had the diabetes classes and have had the diabetes for 7 years (diagnosed). the third week is on label reading, which I have been doing and I can't go that week, so I am glad it is on something I already know.
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