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I remember very clearly the day I sat in my doctor’s office and he said to me what do you think about having some counselling? At that point in time I was skeptical, but I was also very desperate and did not know what I should do. I also knew that I couldn’t keep up with the way things were. So, I agreed.

After my first session I thought why did I do this it isn’t going to help me but by the time I had reached the end of my sessions I knew I wanted more, and I had come so far. I was able to face a lot of things that I never thought that I could. I had experienced an accident where a car had crushed me, and it was very difficult for me to even walk across the Walmart parking lot without being in absolute terror.  I would have a panic attack and not even be able to go in the store. I would relive the accident over and over again in my nightmares. I had become somebody I didn’t know. From a strong independent woman to a frightened panic driven version of myself. So really what did I have to lose by having a few counselling sessions?

In my counselling I learned that l did have control of what I was experiencing.  I had the power to make my fears what they were, or they weren’t and how much they controlled me. After my sessions were complete, I continued on with counselling at another facility and I became stronger and more in control. I guess my best advice to anybody who’s thinking about it or afraid to do it, just give it a try.  It has made all the difference in the world to me. Take that first step for yourself. You are worth it.

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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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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain, September 16th

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
Red Deer Public Library Facebook Live

Come learn more about persistent (chronic) pain from our team at Red Deer PCN. You will learn about different types of pain, medication to manage ongoing pain, the effects and benefits of opioids, and the importance of non-medication strategies to help manage your pain.

Presented by Red Deer PCN’s Dr. Myburgh G.P, Jennifer Howe, Pharmacist & Jennifer Wallin, Psychologist.

Tune into Facebook Live at Red Deer Public Library Facebook page for this program.

This is one of a series of health-related programs co-sponsored by the Red Deer PCN and the Red Deer Library.
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Getting My Blood Glucose Back in the Normal Range Gave Me Tears of Joy

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Diabetes runs in my family; my mom has it and my grandma did too. Well before Christmas 2019, at a routine physical my doctor told me that I have diabetes. I tried to bring it down for the next 3 months, but I was not successful, in fact it got worse. At this time, the doctor referred me to the PCN Family Nurse. I started seeing her and we made plans for how I could get through the Christmas season. However, I did very poorly as I love sweets. Getting poor readings, feeling exhausted and worrying who would look after my daughter if something were to happen to me left me very lethargic and depressed.

The nurse was patient and very encouraging. She helped me to change my mindset. I decided to take up the challenge to improve my blood glucose. The nurse and I talked about the rice in my diet and portion sizes of rice. I am from an island nation and rice is our staple. I did some testing of my blood glucose after consuming some of my favorite foods and I notice that amount of rice I was consuming did increase my blood glucose significantly. I thought I could never have a meal without it being mostly rice but I have learned now that I can do this quite easily. Even though I have a puppy, I would only walk her for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Since my mindset change, I worked to build up my activity. I started with 5-minute stints and pushed myself forward until now I am at one-hour stints. I take the dog for nice long walks and we both enjoy it. People comment on how good I look and how much more energetic I am. I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. The nurse helped to give me the confidence to tackle diabetes. I had tears of joy when I learned my blood glucose is back to the normal range.

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