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Unintended Consequences
When Good Management Efforts Go Wrong

by Wil Dubois, BS, AAS, CPT

Be prepared. Who are you going to call if a minor problem — or a crisis — arises in your diabetes management? Give this some thought while you’re not having a problem, and assemble a list of contact information for the people you could call: your doctor’s office, your diabetes educator, a friend or relative who could act on your behalf or drive you to the doctor’s office, the pharmacy you use, your health plan’s on-call nurse, a local urgent-care center, etc.

Learn from your mistakes. There may be times when you realize there was nothing you could have done to avoid a mistake or an unintended consequence. But if you see that you could have avoided it by doing something differently — or you now see how to avoid repeating the same mistake in the future — be willing to learn from your mistake so that it doesn’t happen again.

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