Louisiana success stories

LA Success Stories
Quality improvement endeavors can often feel overwhelming, but chances are, you can learn from the experiences that another physician, hospital or nursing home has had in a similar situation. Coupled with support from Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, learning what has worked for others — and what didn't — is a valuable strategic planning component. 

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My Story: A Diabetes Journey

EDC Logo Picture 3Ms. Madison attended Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) classes at Morehouse Community Medical Center (MCMC) and St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bastrop, La.  Below is an account of her journey with diabetes in her own words.

"In 2000, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms were all there – if only I knew what I was looking for! Constant thirst, frequent urination and one symptom that made me finally go to the doctor - I couldn't see. I was losing my vision and I didn't know why...  

"When I finally went to the hospital, my blood glucose was through the roof. It was 978 to be exact. When told I was a diabetic, I cried. I told the nurse that I thought diabetes was for “old” people. I remembered as a child, I thought it was cool to give my grandmother shots of insulin for her diabetes.  
After losing my mother to complications of diabetes in 2006, I fell into a deep depression.  My blood glucose was always 300 or more. I had no education on managing diabetes.  I thought my levels were normal. I didn’t know I was damaging every organ in my body.  
Still with no education, I took insulin when I remembered and ate whenever and whatever I wanted.  My A1C was 12.2% - whatever that meant!  
In March 2015, I reconnected with my boyfriend. I started eating what I thought was right and my A1C was dropping slowly, though it was still high at 9.9%.  My boyfriend became my “diabetic policeman.” He was my support. 
In September 2016, we moved from Las Vegas to Bastrop, La.  I was never offered a diabetic class in Las Vegas, so I still had no education on how to manage my diabetes. When my doctor insisted that I attend a diabetes class, I really thought it would be a waste of time.  Need I say, I was totally amazed at what I learned. 
I learned what an A1C actually was and why it was called an A1C. I learned what to eat and what not to eat. I learned how to read food labels. I learned about the function of my liver and pancreas. I learned why there were times I felt sluggish, dizzy, tired and anxious. I also learned about the importance of taking my medication and monitoring my blood glucose. 
I've taken Melinda Jones' class twice now.  That way, I was able to obtain as much information as possible.  Three months after taking the class, I went back to the doctor to find out my A1C had dropped to 7.1%.
Shortly after, I found out that I no longer needed to take insulin. That’s a big difference from taking five shots a day for the last 17 years! Now, I just take a half a pill a day (Glyburide – 2 mg). I have also quit smoking after 32 years.
I’m so thankful to Melinda Jones for all of her much-needed educational materials. I'm forever grateful."
About Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC)
EDC in Louisiana uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum created by the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
Quality Insights facilitates free diabetes education classes throughout Louisiana as part of the EDC program. View a list of available workshops. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Melinda Jones, Quality Improvement Specialist, at (318) 235-3174 or mjones@eqhs.org
About Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network
Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with health care providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Learn more about the network.