Greetings and welcome. I am humbled and honored to be able to dialogue with you about the world of diabetes. It is my hope that I will be able to add to the mission of the Da Suga Foundation, and share my knowledge of pharmacy with you so that you can manage your life, enhance your day to day, and have a normal existence despite the fact that you are dealing with “da suga.” Diabetes is a big deal.   Managing life with diabetes is a major undertaking. I think sometimes, that we, as clinicians forget that the patient is the main focus. We tend to get caught up in the numbers, and try to make you fit into the boxes that we create so we can meet insurance company and employer metrics. Unfortunately, the pressure of meeting those metrics and demands gets the best of us sometimes. In fact, it sucks the life out of me and it takes the joy out of practicing pharmacy. That is why I am here. I am so excited to work with “Da Suga Nurse” because I know that she is fighting hard against that trend. After all, you know you better than anyone else. You know how your body responds when you eat, and when you take your medications. You know your lifestyle, and the commitments you have to meet every day. Most importantly, you know what ideas and techniques will work for you as you move towards the goal of “glucose control.”

I am sincere about this platform being a dialogue. I am very serious about glucose control, but it is not my intention to preach and judge and dictate. My goal is to share what I have learned about diabetes with you so that you can be empowered. I want you to be in a position to be your own best advocate, so that you can evaluate your treatment options with your doctor, and develop a treatment plan together.

I think it is important to note that the sharing of knowledge is not a one-way street. I will be learning from you as well. As we begin sharing information, I will gain insight into the real patient experience. It is one thing for me to stand behind the pharmacy counter and recite the list of side effects that I learned from a textbook 15 years ago. It is quite another thing to actually understand what you are really experiencing. Is it realistic for me to expect you to “hang in there” until your body adjusts to a new medication, or is that side effect absolutely unbearable?   As your clinician, I hope to evaluate these types of situations in more depth, so that hopefully, I can suggest realistic alternatives for you and your doctor to consider.

Again, I am so excited to be here. My plan is to start with an overview of the diabetes “disease state” and then move on to discuss the medications available for treatment. I also want to dialogue about the many issues surrounding diabetes like high and low blood sugar, neuropathy, how to care for yourself when you are sick, the importance of foot exams, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. If you have a topic you would like me to address, please let me know. I am also available by email for private consultation as well. Please feel free to contact me at …(I have to set up an email account dedicated to this).