Problem Solving

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PROBLEM SOLVING How do I deal with problems such as illness, travel and hypoglycemia?
A person with diabetes must keep their problem-solving skills sharp because on any given day, a high or low blood glucose episode or a sick day will require them to make rapid, informed decisions about food, activity and medications. This skill is continuously put to use because even after decades of living with the disease, stability is never fully attained: the disease is progressive, chronic complications emerge, life situations change and the patient is aging. 

Collaboratively, diabetes educators and patients address barriers, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, and financial obstacles and develop coping strategies.

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Problem Solving

  1. 1. Problem SolvingWashington Association of Diabetes Educators www.DiabetesAnswers.net or www.WADEpage.org
  2. 2. 4 steps to Problem Solving Using the IDEAL Method I Identify the problem D Define the problem E Examine possible solution A Act on the best solutions L Learn form the results
  3. 3. Identify the problemWhat is the problem?Tell yourself exactly what the problem is.
  4. 4. Define the problem Be clear and Specific
  5. 5. . Examine possible solutions “brainstorming”Think of at least 2 or 3 possible strategies that you might use to solve the problem. No matter how silly it may sound.
  6. 6. ActExamine your list of possible strategies, and choose the one that seems best try it out
  7. 7. LearnLearn form the results
  8. 8. Remember the boy scout motto …Be Prepared …. Sick day kit Emergency preparedness kit Travel kit
  9. 9. Sick Day Kitsee: www.DiabetesAnswers.net or www.WADEpage.org
  10. 10. Travel Kitsee: www.DiabetesAnswers.net or www.WADEpage.org
  11. 11. EmergencyPreparedness Kitsee: www.DiabetesAnswers.net or www.WADEpage.org
  12. 12. Diabetes - Travel Tips
  13. 13. Sick Days
  14. 14. Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
  15. 15. Find out moreWashington Association of Diabetes Educators Print handouts such as what you need in a first aid , disaster, sick day, and travel kit www.DiabetesAnswers.net or www.WADEpage.org

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