Day #2 of the conference went so well! I felt like we were all long-time friends and everyone was just so great to get to know. The Johnson & Johnson website will hopefully keep us all connected, though! I even got a diploma for completing the training, check it out:
Includes a picture of me and all my new friends outside the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute 🙂 They played the graduation song and gave us all hugs as we went up to get our diplomas! 😉
I wanted to answer a few questions people asked regarding my experience at Johnson & Johnson this week.
Q: Jessie from The Happiness in Health asked: Do you know if insulin pumps are covered my insurance?
A: For type 1 diabetics, sometimes. For type 2 diabetics, not usually. My patients pay out of pocket for all pumps, unfortunately. It really all depends on insurance, however. Great question!
A: YES! I have just over 40% of my hours and anticipate gathering the next 600 hours over the next 18 months or less. I will sit for the exam ASAP!
Sarah sent me an email asking: What does the pump entrance piece look like? As in, what is actually inserted into the body?
A: Here you go! I promise, I felt not a thing!
And my dear friend Andrea sent me a link to a very scary clip about “diabulimia” – a form of Eating Disorder common in many women suffering from type 1 diabetes. This is a SERIOUS problem for diabetics, and is worth watching the clip to learn more.
We actually discussed insulin omission to produce weight loss today at JJDI. It is true that initiating insulin can cause weight gain in diabetics. When a patient has uncontrolled blood sugars, they have an excess amount of energy (calories in the form of carbohydrates, glucose) circulating in their bodies. Insulin is the hormone which acts as the carrier of glucose (sugar and energy) into the cell where it can be metabolized properly. When energy is not entering the cell, weight loss occurs. By not taking insulin, insulin-dependent diabetics can starve their cells of energy and produce rapid and dangerous weight loss.
It was such a wonderful 2 days! I learned so much and am feeling so empowered about my career path and helping patients manage such an exhausting and complex disease.
And my trip ended up a blogger meet-up with the lovely Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes. 🙂
Here are some highlights of our evening together on Santana Row:
Thank you for the wonderful evening, Andrea! I look forward to seeing you again in October when I’m back in town! 😀
Question: After reading a great post by Caitlin on her Food Revolution, I was in awe as to the variety of responses she received from her readers on what their food revolutions stemmed from. So I ask you, what inspired you, or inspires you, to become a healthier you each day?
I was certainly impacted by my obesity from a young age and attending Weight Watchers meetings. Significant literature such as Food, Inc. and The Omnivore’s Dilemma also played a role in shaping my health path.
P.S. How are you doing on your DO What You DON’T Challenge? I did my strength training Monday evening and last night was yoga! We’re nearly to the end of the month, continue with more DO and less DON’T!!!
Catch you back in the dirty south,