For years, I considered creating a diabetes boot camp. It started out as a joke. Wouldn’t it be great if I could enroll my child in a boot camp and he would suddenly get it? Many people reached out and said that they would love to be able to be a part of something that would allow them to regain their focus on their diabetes care.
What is a boot camp?
According to Google, a boot camp is a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. Diabetes is a long game but perhaps, a few days of intensive discussion and sharing could make a difference.
There are boot camps to help you improve your fitness. There are great retreats to help you feel less alone in your diabetes care.
What is diabetes boot camp?
I imagined that camp would allow people the opportunity to review the basics of diabetes care, set new goals, and ideally, refocus your life with diabetes.
We would talk about blood glucose monitoring, insulin, and ketones.
- What should you be using to monitor your blood sugar?
- Why should you be monitoring your blood sugar?
- What do the various blood sugar readings mean?
- How to interpret the blood sugar the information that you receive?
- What type of insulin are you using?
- How does insulin work?
- What method of delivery are you using? Is it right for your lifestyle?
- What are ketones and when you should check for them.
Dealing with the emotional toll of daily diabetes care
I thought it would be great to take time to look at the emotional toll of diabetes care. Coping mechanisms and tools will be shared. Resources will be provided. You will also be able to support one another in a private Facebook group as well as during a group online support session.
The importance of exercise
Exercise can help to improve your mental health and can also assist in lowering blood sugar levels. I pictured looking at how you could add an exercise routine into your daily life.
Finally, it would be important look into financial resources. To examine programs that are available to help reduce the financial strain of life with type 1 diabetes and share ideas that can help you.
Is a boot camp necessary?
As I mentioned, for years I considered creating a boot camp. It would be an intense program like the one outlined above. There are groups who offer such events. A short, duration to help you refocus.
The more I thought about this idea, the more I realized that short term is not the answer. Many people struggle to find people who understand. They want to connect with real people who get it when you say that you had to dig through the garbage to get the carb count off of that box. They are searching for others who get the fatigue that comes from high and low blood sugars.
This is why I am considering opening an accountability membership site.
An accountability membership would be a group that would require you to pay a monthly fee to access. You would be asked to share your goals and we would help you to stay on track. There would be support and information. We would provide you with a private group to share your concerns and regular live sessions to talk to other people living with diabetes.
If this sounds like something that could be of interest to you, please let us know and we will share with you once this service is open for enrollment.