It’s a little difficult to give up hiking beside a mountain stream, fly-fishing and river rafting during the summer in Montana to head to the air-conditioned rooms and warm, moist outdoor air of the southeast, but off I go to attend AADE's Annual Meeting. Each year as I assess the greater financial contribution I need to make to attend the Annual Meeting, and time away from family, I realize that I make the choice to attend because I feel so good about being there. I love diabetes educators as a lot, and feel at home chatting with everyone from those who live in Florida to those who live in Alaska and Hawaii and all states in between. The bond in being a diabetes educator is strong, regardless of discipline. Our jobs are about helping people and each day I go home after a day at work, camp, or as a volunteer for Tour de Cure feeling a sense of contentment.
The Annual Meeting offers a wonderful place to learn more, relax with old acquaintances, meet new people and get re-energized and ready to return to work with new ideas and approaches. This year, for those of us that have been in diabetes education for eons, a new Masters level has been added. I look forward to an update on the most recently introduced medications, insulin pumps and other great technologies. I’ll network with other CDEs who volunteer at diabetes camps across the nation, and perhaps even find yet another one to attend! I will go to some committee meetings, judge research posters and moderate sessions. And when I return home I will hopefully be better informed, certainly recharged, and looking forward to incorporating both new and reaffirmed practices that will meet the needs of my patients.
Hope you are attending AADE's Annual Meeting either in Orlando or virtually and enjoying all that the Annual Meeting has to offer. And if you can’t make it this year, I encourage you to consider attending in 2015!