A quick note from Gary: Changing the Subject to… Diabetes?
Now that we’re more than a month into the pandemic, I think I can safely say that we’re all a bit overwhelmed by the threat of COVID-19 and all the information being thrown our way. So we’re making a special effort in this issue of Diabetes Bites to steer clear of more coronavirus news. Instead, you’ll gain some insight into our personal lives and how we’ve all been coping.
Personally, I still come into the office daily. It’s a “clean zone” here since everyone else is working from home and all our patients are working with us remotely for the time being (as a healthcare practice, we applied for special permission from the state to continue operations through the crisis). It’s been a bit challenging dealing with all the administrative aspects of running the practice (I miss Nancy & Karen SO much!), but I’m getting organized and learning as I go. I have to brown-bag my lunch each day since all the local eateries are closed, so I’m probably eating healthier than usual. Each night, I try to get in a workout. With the gym closed and the weather less-than-cooperative, I’ve taken to running on the treadmill, using a stationary bike, and lifting weights using buckets filled with different-sized rocks. I call it my “Neanderthal routine.” We also set up a ping-pong table in the dining room to keep the kids distracted and a little entertained.
I’m proud to say that our experience with remote/virtual care has put our practice ahead of the curve when it comes to working with people with diabetes. In fact, we have never been busier. And with good reason: given the increased susceptibility to (and difficulty recovering from) illness among those with elevated blood sugar, IT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO MANAGE DIABETES. If you ever needed a little extra incentive to lower your A1c or improve your “time in-range,” now is the time. Please reach out if you need any assistance. The virtual doors remain open.
Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
Owner & Clinical Director