Day 143 — Breaking Down our Levels & Modules

A bear-y productive day of content design.

Today I made decent progress on mapping our content progression into 3 distinct “levels”:

  1. Level 1: Survival Skills. All the things you must know and/or be able to do to safely live with diabetes.
  2. Level 2: Essentials. Things you must learn/do to start getting your life back to normal.
  3. Level 3: Finding Rhythm. More advanced skills that build on survival skills concepts.

I like the idea of levels because it shows a sense of progress and mastery during a time that you typically feel anything but. My goal is to develop a repeatable process that all people with type 1 diabetes can utilize during the first weeks post-diagnosis.

I’m continuing to rely on the ADCES Self-Care behaviors and content from the Understanding Diabetes Pink Panther Book, blended with my own creative license for organizing content into bite-sized modules.

Here’s how the first 3 levels break down.

Level 1 (Days 1-2): Survival Skills

Diabetes Basics

  • What diabetes is and what causes it
  • Type 1 will not stop you from living your life.
  • Identify what type of diabetes they have.
  • Type 1 is not easy — involves lots of decisions that impact health.

Monitoring 1

  • Blood sugar checking
  • Urine/blood ketone checking
  • Recognizing a low BG and how to treat it

Insulin 1

  • Describe Insulin types and actions
  • Drawing up insulin
  • Giving shots

Food 1

  • Food Survival Skills

Supplies 1

  • Getting Supplies
  • Proper Care

Level 2 (Days 3–4): Essentials

  • Plans for the next few days
  • School Plan
  • Details of treatment (“thinking scales”)
  • Education about food (dietitian)
  • Feelings (psycho-social team)

Level 3 (Day 5–7): Finding Rhythm

Food 3:

  • Details of food management w/ diabetes

Monitoring 3

  • Review of A1C: What it is, why it’s important
  • Pattern management of BGs: how to identify trends and when to fax/email numbers
  • Sick Day Management: How often to check BG and ketones, fluid replacement — what type and how much when and how to urgently call for assistance.

Insulin 3:

  • Insulin actions and different insulin regimens

Hypoglycemia 1:

  • Low BG Care: Causes, signs, and treatment of mild to severe lows, including glucose tabs and gel and glucagon

Hyperglycemia 1:

  • High BG Care: Prevention of diabetic keto-acidosis; causes, signs, and treatment

What’s Next?

Tomorrow I’ll get this map to a good stopping point so we can start biting off pieces of content to develop starting next week.

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