Key information for the well-being of people with diabetes
TROY – Tracy Schneider knows it is a challenge to be diabetic, but also thinks it is easier to manage when given accurate information.
Schneider, a registered nurse, gives free monthly classes on managing your diabetes at Upper Valley Medical Center. The next classes will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 1, August 3 and September 1, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 5.
“One of the most common comments I hear is, ‘I don’t want to be diabetic.’ I hear it more than ever, ”she said. “It’s a challenge. I have diabetes too.
This fact helps him teach others about the disease, Schneider said.
“I think being diabetic helps me identify with them,” she said. Diet and exercise, helping her lose 20 pounds, allowed Schneider to stop taking medication.
The four hour course on managing your diabetes includes a two hour presentation by Schneider followed by two hours by a registered dietitian. One goal is to focus on information for everyday life.
Classes are open to everyone. We simply ask them to inform Schneider of their arrival so that she can have the appropriate equipment.
“They don’t have to be new. It could be long-time diabetics who just want more information or just someone interesting, ”she said.
Participants are encouraged to bring a support person with them, who may live in the same household and help with groceries and meal preparation or also be on the verge of diabetes.
“There are so many people with diabetes who don’t even know it. Unless you’ve done some blood work, you might not know it, ”said Schneider.
Information is the key to the well-being of a diabetic, she said.
In addition to teaching UVMC classes and those in the community such as the Y, Schneider offers one-on-one training to inpatients and those treated on an outpatient basis. It takes time to teach a newly diagnosed diabetic in hospital about glucose monitors and other aspects of diabetes care, Schneider said.
She readily intervenes on behalf of staff nurses to provide such training. She has also worked with other staff dealing with diabetes issues.
Schneider is working on certification in diabetes education.
“I thought I knew about diabetes. Once I got into this role I learned a lot more, ”she said.
COVID-19 has affected the eating habits of many people. Schneider said she had questions from people with diabetes who wanted to learn more about how they can eat healthy when certain foods are not available in stores or as part of the free food distribution.
Schneider said she is constantly looking for resources such as nutritional supplements for those who may not be able to afford them or the distribution of meters to help with awareness. She suggested farmers’ markets as possible sources of healthy food.
For more information on your diabetes management courses or to register, call 937-440-4526 or 937-440-4733.
Tracy Schneider, a registered nurse, reviews diabetes materials with a participant in Upper Valley Medical Center’s course on diabetes management.