In April 2014, Kate became one of the earliest members enrolled in a SentryHealth chronic condition management program at a midwest teachers’ association that offers benefits to teachers upon retirement. As a result, today her hemoglobin A1C has fallen from 7.8 to 7.0, she has lost more than 18 pounds, and has lowered her LDL cholesterol from 100 to 54 mg/dL. How did she do it? Through personal determination supported by a proven program with solid clinical protocols, proactive outreach, and encouragement.
During Kate’s visits, the nurse practitioner regularly checks weight, reconciles medication lists, and performs rapid-result blood testing. Five years into the regimen, Kate is still impressed by the efficiency. “She can check your blood glucose zip-zip!” The encouragement she receives from both the nurse practitioner and the SentryHealth staff helps to keep Kate on a healthy diet. She was also encouraged to join a weight loss program and to begin exercising. Kate adopted a dog and now goes for daily walks. She also enjoys many activities at the local YMCA, where she takes aerobics classes and music lessons. Not only is her health improving, but also her happiness, “I am enjoying life, which is important too.”
A former nursing instructor, Kate already had a wealth of knowledge regarding disease states and their management. Even with this knowledge, she has benefited from the chronic condition management program, saying, “The nurse practitioners encourage me to think about the subject and make my own decisions about which of these ideas I want to try.”
Chronic Condition Management Success
When asked what she would say to someone who is facing a chronic condition and thinking of enrolling in the SentryHealth program, she responded, “Go for it! It helps fill in the edges. I already knew a lot about diabetes, and my friends are helpful. It’s good to have someone ask about it — someone who will show interest in your blood sugar results. It helps you keep on doing it better! It helps give me a little more ambition. It can also help fine-tune that disease. [My nurse practitioner] encourages me to work on it in between visits. She gives you much more time; my doctor does not have as much time. Diabetes is not a problem that gets resolved,” Kate continues, “but it does get better, as it is a process that you can manage. You’ve got to keep on working on it!”
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.
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