Happy Birthday to your AADE blog!
One year ago this April, the AADE Blog was born. I started my first blog with an investigation of what a blog is. Iris, Carla and I have done blogs on kids and teens; pumps and going to camp; using technology in diabetes care; getting continuing education credits and preparing for the CDE exam; and emergency preparedness. We have provided, and asked for, reference materials for you, as a diabetes educator, and for people with diabetes. We encouraged collaboration with other professionals and sharing of our expertise. The idea of the patient-centered medical home and how to help people with diabetes that don’t have insurance was talked about. We discussed diabulemia and the female athlete triad. We have asked about ways to get people more active; considered tai chi; and talked about food and insulin adjustments for people with diabetes who are exercising. The importance of support groups and trials and tribulations of group education and follow up education sessions have been topics. We prepared for, and debriefed from, a great annual meeting in San Antonio. Wow! We have covered a lot of ground.
So, what now? In the first blog, I asked you what you would like us to blog about. We got some great questions and ideas and more along the way. Now, I would like to ask again: What would you like to see discussed on this blog?
This is your party! What are new and hot topics? Do you have questions about state licensure of diabetes educators? Are there new guidelines you want to discuss? What questions, comments, inquiries, challenges, and successes have you had? We can “talk” about the practice of diabetes education and/or being a diabetes educator. Do you have something unique and interesting you are doing? We want to know.
As we start the second year of the blog, we encourage you to interact, share, and learn. To start this, please chime in and let us know what you want to see on the blog. Thanks to all of you who have asked and contributed comments over the past year.
We are looking forward to another year of exchanges in this forum, the AADE Blog!