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I have been a Type 1 Diabetic for approximately 36 years. During the early years of this diagnosis, it was a nightmare trying to understand and manage my diabetes.
On many occasions I was hospitalized for long periods of time. Unfortunately, the proper treatment of diabetes was unknown or misunderstood by medical personnel. Eventually, I was introduced to the Insulin Pump. Again, I encountered medical personnel that were completely unaware of the workings of the Pump and consequently could offer no instructions on how to use it. I asked a Pharmaceutical Representative for the name of an Endocrinologist. He was very pleased to provide me with a name, stating that help was on the way.
Eventually, in 2002, I met Dr. Wayne Woo. Immediately, I recognized that this Physician had a thorough understanding of Diabetes. He assessed my condition and rearranged many of my priorities. He also, educated me regarding the importance of Exercise, Glucose Monitoring, Carbohydrates, Grocery Shopping and Cooking.
Today, I can say that my Diabetes is maintained at a highly disciplined level. I know that my current focus and good health is due to Dr. Woo. Often, I say to myself, “what-would-my-state-of-health-be” were it not for his commitment to medical excellence.
My Experiences with Dr. Wayne Woo:
I first met Dr. Wayne Woo in January, 2002. My husband had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the month before, followed by a heart attack in January. I asked our primary care physician for a referral to an endocrinologist, and that’s how we found ourselves in Dr. Woo’s office. As the wife of a diabetic, I was included in every step of my husband’s education and treatment. Dr. Woo required his patients to have several sessions with a Certified Diabetes Educator in order that they might understand their disease and how to manage it. Family members were strongly encouraged to attend these sessions, as diabetes isn’t simply an individual’s problem; it involves the family and its life style. Based on the education sessions we went to and further reading from the numerous booklets and other printed material that Dr. Woo gave his patients, I felt that I had a fairly good grasp of diabetes and how it affects the body. I just thought I had a good grasp of diabetes … there was so much more to learn!
When I had my annual physical in December, 2005, I was somewhat concerned by my marginally elevated fasting blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1c as well as my very high LDL and Triglycerides, so I took a copy of my lab work with me to Dale’s next appointment for Dr. Woo to see. He felt I showed signs of pre-diabetes, so I became his patient, too. This made it truly a family affair!
Soon after that, I had lumbar surgery, which pushed me over the line into full type 2 diabetes. Dale and I became regular attendees of Dr. Woo’s twice-a-month evening education sessions, taught with the help of a series of PowerPoint presentations developed by Dr. Woo, based on a fictitious character named Diabetic Joe, the average Mississippi diabetic. Dr. Woo had become certified in Diabetes Education himself! The PowerPoint presentations were supplemented by patient participation in quizzes and games, and Mrs. Woo’s demonstrations of how to prepare foods in a diabetic-friendly manner without sacrificing flavor and eye-appeal. Each education session included our evening meal, so we wouldn’t get our meals off-schedule through the two-hour session. I had placed my health in capable hands.
Four times a year, Dr. Woo has a special event, including a special dinner. These events are Chinese New Year, Cherry Blossom Festival (when diabetic supply vendors show us their products), Be a Star (tips on how to be your best with diabetes), and the end-of-year holiday banquet. Each of these occasions includes a sumptuous feast of diabetic-friendly foods, along with a cooking demonstration. Dr. Woo himself prepares dessert from one of the many recipes he has developed himself. When has one of your doctors cooked for you? This is just one small indication of how dedicated to his patients Dr. Woo is. I would truly not like to think I had to deal with my diabetes without Dr. Woo’s help.
With deepest gratitude,