Putting together a diabetes care plan is an important part of your first visit. Your diabetes care plan will not be the same as everyone else’s. To work well, the plan must be adapted to your own life. For example, it needs to take into account your work or school schedule, how active you are, what and when you like to eat, your cultural background, and other medical problems you have.
You need to be involved in devising your diabetes care plan. Otherwise, it is unlikely that the plan will fit into your life or that you will understand what you need to do.
Is your diabetes care plan complete? If so, it should include:
- a list of goals (both short term and long term)
- a list of the medicines that you will use to control your diabetes
- advice from a dietitian on eating
- a list of changes you have agreed to make in your life, such as getting more exercise or stopping smoking
- teaching sessions for you and your family on how and when to measure your blood glucose levels and urine ketones, how to keep records of these, and how to treat low blood glucose reactions
- a plan for seeing an eye doctor
- a plan for seeing a foot doctor, if you need to
- a plan for seeing other specialists, if you need to
- instructions on when to come back and when you should call
- a birth-control and prepregnancy plan
- a plan for caring for your teeth and seeing the dentist
- a plan for sick days