A Good Book About Diabetes (Type 2)
Thursday, August 3,
I think that I have
mentioned that I ordered a whole slew of diabetes cookbooks and a few diabetes
informational books. One of the books I ordered is called: “The First Year:
Type 2 Diabetes” by Gretchen Becker. I read about 20-30 pages this morning and
have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I know that I am still a rookie at this
whole diabetes thing, but I have learned a few things from the first few pages
so far. What I liked the best about it was that it provokes you to think about
some of the things you are going through and gives you some side stories about
different people and what they went through. Eventually, when I finish reading
this book, I will write a book review, but I have an idea that will help us all
before I am through. What I plan to do is to create an online supplement (or
workbook) to this book. What I have in mind is as follows:
All people are to read the
chapter BEFORE using the section – this is going to be like a book club
where you first read the book, then discuss it afterwards.
A very brief one or two sentence
summary of the topic(s) discussed in the chapter. For example a summary of
the chapter Day 2 would read “Checking your blood glucose levels, especially
for first year diabetics is very important.” This tells you what the chapter
is about without telling you all of the who’s, what’s and whys. If I gave
an in-depth summary, then (a) it wouldn’t really be a summary and (b) you
wouldn’t read the book.
Maybe somewhere down the
line, I may be able to find some way of getting this book (or other
diabetic information books) to people with diabetes that cannot afford
them, and they are not available in their local libraries.
I will provide questions about
each of the topics.
This way I start out the
topic, and you have one more experience from which to read.
After each question I will give
my own answer to the question
Reprint your answers to the
questions (there will be a place to submit your own answers)
This will allow others to see
various points of view, helpful hints or experiences with the different
topics. Diabetes does not affect people the same way nor is it treated
exactly the same by every doctor. It will be good to see what others
are doing and thinking.
Provide exercises or activities
for you to do. For instance, one of these early chapters talks about Glucose
Monitors. An exercise may be to have you go out and get one (if you do not
already have one). I have to think this through a little more before I
begin writing doing this.
List links to other online
resources that are specific to the topic. I will begin to list a few, but I
may need your help in building up a good list of informative links.
If anyone has any
suggestions regarding this supplement idea, please let me know (using the email
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