New Diabetes Horizons for 2017

Here we are again with our weekly melancholy information column, Request D’Mine, hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and clinical professional Wil Dubois.

Happy New Year’s Eve tonight!

Today, Wil’s sharing information of a new chapter in his personal (diabetes) lifetime as we proceed into 2017.

A fistful of readers wrote:that I on your Facebook page that the clinic you’ve worked at for seemingly *forever* has kicked you to the curb. Those bastards! How could they? Didn’t they understand they had working for them? Are you OK? What exactly are you going to do today?  

Wil@Ask D’Mine replies: First off, I have to thank everybody for the amazing outpouring of D-love and encourage. I had been blown away by just how a lot of you took the opportunity to reach out to me by Facebook, phone, email, and snail mail. And the term spread! You are all fabulous and wonderful, and it had been an awesome reminder to me that I’m not lonely in diabetes, but instead a part of a robust and gorgeous family.

But in the pursuit of journalistic accuracy (that can be in short supply in our country), I have to point out that the new clinic management didn’t kick me to the curb. They only kicked me into the gutter. From down there I chose to make my way into the door on my own. I don’t wish to re-live the facts–I’m still recovering–but the brief version is that my scope of practice, that had grown steadily over the almost 12 years that I had been around, was abruptly and radically reduced into a humiliating and ineffectual degree. Why? Can I kill someone?

Hardly. In reality, scores of people credit me by saving their lives.

No, it is just that there is a new sheriff in town. And a bunch of new deputies. And they decided that the Wild West days are over. They decided that the letters which follow people’s names (denoting their respective degrees) are more important than the knowledge in their heads or the skills in their hands. For what it is worth, I was not the only victim of this scorched-earth policy. It influenced many members of the clinical team. But in my case I was really removed from the clinical team and relegated into a role in which I could do little to assist my countless patients.

A role so diminished that I would not have an office to work from.

Did they understand who they’d? I doubt it. My new boss didn’t waste any of her time asking me about my experience or my expertise. It didn’t matter. She didn’t care. It was all about that “noodle soup” behind the name. And mine was not good enough.

But enough about that. Bear in mind that old saying: When one door closes, another one opens? The very first door that startedand started wide–was the one right here at DiabetesMine.

You’ll be seeing a lot more from me in the coming year.

I would not say that I’m fatalistic, but I do believe that many things–particularly BIG things–occur because of this. For instance, my diabetes diagnosis led me into a completely new life that has enabled me to assist others with diabetes for several years. I figure that my occupation got flushed into the gutter so that I’d be available to deliver my expertise my voice, along with my unique way of seeing things on the large stage with greater force. And I feel good about that. Sure, I’ll miss working with diabetes patients one-on-one; but these are instances of big change in our country. If ever there was a time to concentrate on the big picture, it is now.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

Here at home, I’ll be focused on writing more. I’ll be watching, monitoring, and reporting on the effects of policy and politics on the Diabetes Community. I’ll be raising alarms whenever they have to be increased, and leading calls for action when action is required. I’ll be researching new meds, analyzing and reviewing new gear, and–as always–replying to every one of your quirky or potentially embarrassing questions, behind-the-scenes curiosities, lifestyle queries, or perhaps ethical dilemmas associated with lifestyle with diabetes.

Beyond our borders I have a new voice as well. The International Diabetes Federation has selected me as one of the Blue Circle Voices community, a group of 93 PWDs around the world who will function as ambassadors to the IDF in the patient community. I’m one of just 12 representing the North American Continent. Ironically, that appointment came the same week it had been decided that I wasn’t qualified to assist people within 500 square miles of New Mexico.

Not that I’m bitter about it.

Oh. Wait. Perhaps I am. Only a small bit.

But the timing of all of this is fascinating to me. As this year draws to a close, so too does a chapter of my life, one which lasted half of my adult working life. Tonight the sun sets on 2016. If it rises tomorrow, it will be a new calendar year. And for me, a new chapter in my life will probably begin with the first beams of the sun.

I’m hardly alone. I think a lot of new chapters will be written for a whole lot of people this year. Political changes endanger our health like never before. Economic adjustments, particularly the increasing costs of medications, pose new challenges. While at the same time technological inventions assert that a golden era of diabetes management is really within our grasp.

Interesting times, to be sure.  

I’m excited, and I’m ready to begin writing another chapter of my life — along with you all along for the ride.

This isn’t a medical advice column. We are PWDs freely and openly sharing the wisdom of our accumulated experiences — our been-there-done-that knowledge in the trenches. But we’re not MDs, RNs, NPs, PAs, CDEs, or partridges in pear trees. Bottom line: we are just a little part of your whole prescription. You still require the expert advice, therapy, and care of a licensed medical practitioner.


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