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CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 12 - April 14, 2005 - 31 Bayhealth to hosts-conference on end-of-life issues Bayheflth Medical Center will host an educational conference re- garding ethical dilemmas at end- of-life. This conference is open to Bay- health employees as well as nurs- ing students, long-term care em- ployees, funeral home profession- als, pastoral-care services, physi- cians and other community mem- bers interested in end-of-life is- sues. Bayhealth is working in con- junction with the University of Delaware, WHYY of Philadelphia and the Delaware End of Life Coalition to present this confer- ence, which will be from 8 a.ml to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at Kent General Hospital's Gener- alFoods Conference Center. Par- ticipants may attend the morning session, the afternoon session or both sessions. The morning session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be webcast from the WHYY studio. The session features a keynote address by Dr. Art Ca- plan, chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and includes a presentation of a fami- ly's experience with end-of-life dilemmas, followed by a panel discussion. A second panel dis- cussion will address special chal- lenges in end-of-life care for pa- tients with disabilities. Registra- tion is $25 for the morning ses- sion, which includes lunch and contact hours provided by Bay- health. The afternoon session, begin- ning at 1:30 p.m., will be the 12th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference supported by the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). The teleconference, "Liv- ing with Grief: Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life," will be moder- ated by Cokie Roberts from ABC News, and will end at 4 p.m. From 4 to 4:30 p.m., Bayhealth will facilitate an on-site closing discussion. There isno charge for the afternoon session, but the con- tact hours come from HFA and cost $25. To register, call Bay- health's Education Department at 1-800-453-7107. For informa- tion, call Terry Towne, MSN, RN, at 302-744-6724 or the Rev. Con- nie Perry at 302-744-7187. Diabetes Awareness Diabetes sometimes goes to work By David Anderson When you go to work, your dia- betes goes with you. You get up, get showered, get breakfast, get to work. You have bills; therefore, you have a job. But you also have diabetes. You have to care for your diabetes while you're at work. The following are 10 tips for merging your diabetes care with your career: 1. Wear medical identification jewelry - If you ever need medical assistance at work, the emergency medical personnel will know you have diabetes. 2. Decide who to tell - All things being equal, it might be in your best interest to let a few trusted coworkers or your boss know. Just for your own safety. 3. Give your co-workers a chance - Don't just assume that your boss won't accommodate you or that your coworkers won't be helpful. Give them a chance to grasp what diabetes is and under- stand how they can help you, par- ticularly if you've been diagnosed since starting your current job. Diabetes may be as new to them as it is to you. 4. Get it in writing- If necessary, get a doctor's note. It may ANDERSON help to get a medical state- ment from your doctor saying what your diabetes care needs are. Present it to your company nurse or human resources department, and make sure your supervisor gets a copy. 5. Be your own advocate - Your local hospital or diabetes center may offer programs through which diabetes educators can come to your workplace and ex- plain to your human resources de- partment, superyisors or cowork- ers what diabetes is and how they can make the workplace more dia- betes friendly. See if your em- ployer is willing to host such a program. 6. Don't abuse the system - Un- 00--00Cape ' - Pharmacy Your Locally Owned and Operated Pharmacy Carl June, RPh Bill Trifillis, RPh VILLAGES OF 5 POINTS, LEWES fortunately, there are people who claim extensive health challenges and reap disability benefits their situation may not warrant. That makes it harder for everyone. It's best to save sick days and disabil- ity pay for when you really need them. 7. Plan ahead- The biggest challenge many people with dia- betes face is access to meals and breaks. Have snacks readily available should you need to treat a low. 8. Take your equipment with you - Keep your blood glucose meter and supplies where you can reach them. Don't leave blood glucose meters or insulin in the car. Extreme temperatures can af- fect them. 9. Watch out for stress - Stress can wreak havoc on your blood sugars: Stress can cause either high or low blood sugar. Itdiffers from person to person, and some- times from situation to situation in the same person.. Stress may mask symptoms of low blood sug- ar, or prompt completely different symptoms. Frequent monitoring is your best defense. 10. Keep good diabetes control - The best thing you can do to re- main productive isto stay healthy. Don't let your diabetes get so far out of control that you're not able to work. If you're eating well, ex- ercising, and controlling your blood sugars, you will have a pro- ductive work life. The payoff from a job well done is that if and when you need to take time off for your diabetes care, your boss and coworkers will remember your good track record and be that much more willing to cover for you or help you with scheduling. By commu- nicating with your employer and taking responsibility for your care, you can incorporate your di- abetes care into your work life successfully. If you feel that your employer is not making reasonable accommo- dations to allow you to care for your diabetes at work, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 800-669- 4000 or 800-669-6820 TTY. Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year. For more information about di- abetes, including a diabetes quiz and a free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at http://hope4diabetes.conffinfo. Editor's note: David Anderson is a freelance health writer for Hope4Diabetes.com. treatment prog the requirements. You're eligible if you: Are a Delaware resident Have been diagnosed with cancer on or after July 1, 2004 Have no comprehensive health insurance Have a household income that meets qualification guidelines (for example: for a family of four, your income must be less than $122,525) p D elaware eN vbaqcer00,e Ireatment - Program