Getting Help With Your Plan
Problem solving means knowing what to do when something goes wrong. It may be anything from what to do in an emergency to how to handle the small details of your diabetes care.
What would you do if your blood sugar levels were suddenly too high or too low? Do you know what changes to make in your diabetes care plan if you get the flu? What if you have trouble sticking with your meal plan?
Here are 5 problem-solving steps you can review with your diabetes care team to help you handle almost any issue that comes your way.
Step 1: Identify the problem
- Be specific. Use an example, if possible
Step 2: Think about how you feel
- What are your thoughts?
- How important is this issue to you?
Step 3: Explore some ideas
- What do you want to happen?
- What are your options?
- What are your concerns?
- Who could help you?
- What are the costs and benefits of each of your choices?
- What would happen if you don't do anything?
Step 4: Commit to action
- What are some steps you could take?
- Are you willing to do what you need to do to solve this problem?
- What are you going to do?
- When are you going to do it?
- How will you know if you have succeeded?
Step 5: Double check the plan
- How did it go?
- What did you learn?
- What issues did you come across?
- What might you do differently next time?
Answering these questions together can help guide the conversation between you and your diabetes care team. It may help you focus on the facts and create a solution that works for you.