Sunday, August 23, 2009
It's a small world!
I was out testing my worm theory and a guy in a kayak came cruising by. He said hi and I recognized his voice. He was one of my diabetes education patients. For 6 years I ran an out patient diabetes education program. Another one of those many career choices you have as a nurse.
He was one of my favorite patients. Mike, not his real name, was home from college, on a school holiday, when he found out he had diabetes. He came up to the hospital to visit one of his good buddies who had just been diagnosed with diabetes. They were both around 18 years of age. His buddy was also on school holiday but went to a different university.
Well, on one of Mike's visits he used his buddies blood sugar monitor to check his own blood sugar. Not something we recommend since you can spread blood borne illnesses using another person's monitor. His blood sugar was over 300. That scared him. He had been listening to his buddies instructions and knew that wasn't good. He didn't say a word, just put the monitor down.
He later told his dad and soon after that he was enrolled in my out-patient education program. I had a hell of a good time teaching him. We got to be quite close and every time he came to town for a holiday, he came to see me. He was an athlete and we discussed all the things that could affect his blood sugar and how to make adjustment to his management program. He managed his own diabetes very well.
It is such a joy to run into some of my old students whether they had been my patients or my nursing students. Another little episode of synchronicity today.