by Tammy Hall, R.N., and Kari Collett, R.D.N.
Mille Lacs Health System
So you’ve just been diagnosed with Diabetes, now what do you do?
Your doctor has just told you for the first time that you have diabetes. You may be feeling angry, confused, scared, and hopeless. Information about diabetes is everywhere, but it’s overwhelming and difficult to sort through and make sense of. Everyone you run into claims to be an expert and will give you advice. Unfortunately, the advice may not be right for you.
Mille Lacs Health System has a Diabetes Team of experts can help you learn, understand, and manage your diabetes with a plan that is developed just for you. We’ll help you turn your anger into acceptance and your hopelessness into an optimistic outlook on your future quality of life. MLHS has a recognized diabetes education program that provides extensive resources and tools to assist in your learning journey.
The first step in taking charge of your health and managing your diabetes is to meet with Tammy Hall, R.N., M.S.N., Diabetes Educator. Tammy has 24 years of nursing experience and specializes in patient education. Tammy will complete a health and lifestyle assessment, educate and assist you in formulating an individual diabetic management plan. Tammy can also assist you with ongoing guidance and support as part of a care coordination model she has implemented at MLHS.
The second step in your diabetes care plan is to meet with Kari Collett, R.D.N., L.D.N., C.L.T. Kari’s expertise in functional nutrition provides a comprehensive and individual approach to managing diabetes with wholesome foods and supplements when necessary. Kari will complete a full nutrition and health history assessment to learn more about you as a unique and whole person. She will create an eating plan with you that works with your health goals and your lifestyle.
Get education and support from a team who will work with you and for you to help you manage your diabetes, calm your fears, and improve your quality of life. And remember, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes previously, coming in for yearly diabetic education is also important for optimal management.