Thursday, July 28, 2005

Looking for a diabetes buddy

I decided I need a diabetes buddy -- someone to link up with over the internet. I want somebody to check in with about how I'm doing with my diabetes control, on a day-to-day basis. And in return, I would do the same for the other person. It seems relatively obvious. But when I went looking on the internet, I didn't find anything here in the US. There are diabetes buddy programs in Australia and the UK, but I don't think they are focused on the internet. Am I missing something, or is this kind of program just not available?

Yesterday I talked to my friend John in California about being my diabetes buddy. He said he could do it, but he's Type 2, and I'm Type 1. He doesn't take insulin and only has to check his blood sugars twice a week. He says he doesn't think he'd have much to offer. After some thought, I figured he was right.

I think it would be cool to start an internet diabetes buddy program. I wonder how that would work. There would need to be a central meeting point, like a Yahoo group for example, where people could post looking for a buddy. It would be a place where people could match themselves up. And a place for information about what it takes to be a good buddy. I don't think I have the time to achieve such a thing...but maybe somebody else does.

4 comments:

Patty said...

I love the idea of having a Yahoo group for this. I used to get that magazine Diabetes Forecast and they had a pen pal column in there. I "met" a bunch of other diabetics that way. Years later, I'm still in touch with several of them. And we've all switched to email. :) If you need help moderating your group, I'll volunteer.

Candice said...

Patty! I have started the Diabetes Buddy group on Yahoo! I would love it if you would be a moderator. The link is: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/diabetesbuddies/. Come be the second member! Candice

Lei said...

Great idea! I hope lots of people find buddies through your Yahoo Group to help keep them in tip top shape.

Anonymous said...

sounds wonderful. here in Africa we are rather behind on this.