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Better than winning the Lotto!


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Better than winning the Lotto!

After being rescued and evacuated from the High River flood, I had PTSD. I was relocated to Lethbridge and while living there the stress and my overall mental unwellness played a role in diverticulitis attacks that landed me in emergency several times.

I have had diabetes for some time but at this time of my life looking after it was not a major focus. I couldn’t make myself get off the couch to save my sole. I gained weight and had also had little interest socializing. This summer I moved to Red Deer to be closer to my daughter and son in law.

I read about Diabetes Discussions in the newspaper and decided to go, thinking it couldn’t hurt. I am a very educated person and had taken some education on diabetes over the years. However, I found Diabetes Discussions to be phenomenal!! It gave the nitty gritty on all aspects of diabetes in a way that engaged me. I knew some of this info before but it never engaged me.

Whoever put this program together really knew what they were doing. They put the information together in a really amazing way. In these classes I noted that I had a lot of excuses but they always had an alternative for me to try. I know 2 people who had amputations this year due to poor diabetic control. I decided that I am way more afraid of amputations than I am of getting off the couch. I ended up connecting with the RDPCN Recreation Therapist to help me get off the couch and do some activity that would help my health.

Winning the lottery would not be as good as working with the Rec Therapist. He helped me realize that I needed some socialization to want to come out for activity. These things are linked. He introduced me to the Gary Harris Centre and OMG- amazing. He pushed and challenged me while remaining supportive. Now I can find inspiration in many places, for example, the 80 year old who walks the track every day with his cane. If he can do it, so can I.

I also get energy from the many young people working out at the Gary Harris gym. I want to go the gym; I plan to walk the track the rest of my life! It is all so much better than lying on the couch. Between these two programs and the family nurse that also gave me inspiration and direction, I feel like they have hit me over the head with a sledge hammer in such a beautiful way. Now I get it! And I am back in the driver’s seat of my life. Thank you big time!!!

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Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community.

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Central Alberta COVID cases fall below 1,000 – Mike York Update

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The AHS Covid-19 report for Wednesday January 20, 2021 is as follows.
Firstly, Alberta had a slight increase in new cases reported today with 669. There were also 996 recoveries so it’s good to see the recoveries still surpassing the new cases!
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In the city of Red Deer, just 9 new cases reported today along with 14 recoveries.
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