The WCDH Diabetes Management Department provides one on one and group class support to individuals who have diabetes and wish to improve their overall health. Our staff will educate and support you on the skills needed to achieve optimal nutrition and a healthy weight that enables one to achieve and maintain good control of their diabetes. The Diabetes Management Office is located in the WCDH Cardiac Rehab Department. Advanced registration or referral is needed for group classes or 1:1 education sessions by calling (970) 332-2387.
Karla Saffer, RN, BSN has coordinated the Diabetes Education program since 2010. Working in conjunction with all care providers at the Wray Clinic, she educates patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes as well as supports patients in their ongoing effort to maintain control of their diabetes. Support management allows Karla to be the contact for patients who have questions or concerns that may not necessarily require a doctor’s visit, but attention to the issue is needed. She teaches group classes as well as collaborates with the WRAC, the CSU Extension Office and Encore Life in health and wellness promotion.
Lori Smith, RD is the hospital dietician and provides nutritional counseling for those with diabetes and other nutritional education needs. She is active in providing healthy cooking classes and consultation throughout the Wray community.
Karla and Lori have worked together to achieve and maintain accreditation of the program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators since April, 2011.
"I was told I might have diabetes--Now what?"
Being told you have diabetes or that there is a problem with your blood glucose level can cause quite a bit of stress---and rightly so!!
Diabetes can be scary. Headlines talk of what can go wrong or maybe you’ve witnessed firsthand the negative effects of uncontrolled diabetes. Maybe you’ve been in denial that anything is wrong. That’s okay. Denial protects and buffers you from difficult or shocking information. Do you feel guilty? Like you caused diabetes? If so, your first assignment is to stop the blame game and get on your own side. It’s never too late to jump start your diabetes self-management program. The key is to be gentle and honest because you are your best resource for managing diabetes, (along with your diabetes educator and care provider).
Your thoughts and feelings have an enormous impact on the body. Positive thoughts have positive physiologic repercussions in the body. Let’s check in with your current emotional state. Why? Making and maintaining a change often depends on your emotional state.
Which one of these statements rings true for you?
Your feelings about diabetes will change day by day. All emotions are fair game. What you do with them is up to you. What are some ways you are willing to deal with the stress of your diabetes diagnosis today?
Today, I will:
SOURCE: Garnero, T. (2014). Your first year with diabetes: What to do, month by month. American Diabetes Association. Alexandria, Virginia pp.8-9.