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For your health here is something that people who have both diabetes and another disease can push their insurance companies to provide. It’s a telemedicine device and data management system called the Commander that can save them money and might also save your life. It comes from Cardiocom LLC in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The same company offers the GlucoCom Telemonitoring System, which last November I wrote about here . That GluoCom system is similar but simpler than the Commander. The GlucoCom meter and the AutoLink telecommunications device is geared toward people who are just tracking their blood glucose levels and storing them in a secure online database. With that system you can give access to your doctor or others whom you want to see how you are doing. In November, Cardiocom’s Tom Backman came to Boulder, Colorado, where I live, to show me the GlucoCom system. He is the company’s western region sales manager working out of Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. This morning he came h...
Children and teenagers are not little adults; they cannot be treated either medically or psychosocially like adults. The diagnosis of diabetes takes on very different ramifications depending on the age of the child. The tasks related to diabetes management are delegated to different family members based on the child's cognitive and physical abilities. Therefore, diabetes related tasks evolve as children pass through different developmental stages. Because of these different stages, diabetes becomes a new diagnosis with different treatment goals as each child enters a new phase of development. The strategies utilized to care for toddlers will not necessarily apply to those needed for a school aged child or adolescent. Diabetes therapy is in constant transition as children grow. Herein lays the discordance of blood sugar monitoring in a toddler and perhaps a school age child vs. an adolescent. Expectations are very different depending on the developmental stage of the child.
Since I have started my blog many folks have asked me how I have progressed through the Stages of COPD. I have been asked: Do you know what caused it? How long have I had COPD? When did it start and how fast has it moved taking over my lungs? For those questions, I don’t have definitive answers. One of the easiest answers I do have is my COPD didn't start the day I was diagnosed.
My COPD started a long time ago. It may or may not have started with the first cigarette I smoked or maybe the first time I got bronchitis. My doctor tells me I was predisposed to COPD, like others are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, or kidney disease. Even if I had done everything right, lived in a bubble, exercised, ate correctly, and got plenty of rest, I could’ve or would’ve ended up with the COPD regardless.
The Stages of COPD
There are four stages of COPD: Mild, Moderate, Severe and Very Severe (which is now starting to be ...
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