Three Ladies, Type 2 Diabetes and Remote Controls
A few years ago, I was president of the local chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators here in Tampa. This is a professional association for diabetes educators made up of nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and sometimes, even people like me, exercise physiologists.
I suppose I did the same types of things presidents of other organizations did including sending out emails to members reminding them of upcoming events and chapter meetings. Now, I don’t know about you, but I like reading the interesting emails more than those that simply say something like, “The next chapter meeting is scheduled for June 1st at 6:30 pm at such and such place. Please RSVP to…etc., etc….” In fact I have a hard time sending an email to anyone with that little information on it and one that is that boring.”
So, one time when I needed to send out a reminder about an upcoming meeting, I decided to spruce up the email with some additional information. All of the particulars in regards to the next meeting were discussed first. I then went on to inform members of the research study that I was going to be starting soon. The name of the study was “The relationship between type 2 diabetes and the number of remotes you have in your house.”
I asked the members in my email if they would let me know if they knew of any pharmaceutical companies that might be interested in helping to fund the study.
A couple of weeks later at the meeting, much to my surprise, three diabetes educators approached me at different times to inquire as to how the study was going.
I was taken totally off guard. I had no idea anyone would ever believe my story. I was just teasing in an attempt to make them laugh when they read it.
I found myself in an awkward and embarrassing situation that was totally my fault.
I felt awkward and I didn’t want to embarrass my colleagues.
Going with honesty is the best policy, philosophy, I told them as gently as I could that there really was no study, that I had just written about the make believe study to draw attention to society's increasing reliance on remote control devices at the same time the incidence of type 2 diabetes was rising sharply. How coincidental?
I apologized for misleading them and explained again that I never expected anyone to take that part of the email seriously. I think we got it all worked out.
However, I did tell the ladies and I have told others since, that if I did do a study looking at the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the number of remotes in your house, it would be very interesting to see if there is a positive correlation. I don’t think doing a study like this would be off base at all.
I will keep it in mind.
Milt Bedingfield is a certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist and has been teaching people with diabetes about the disease and how to care for it for the last 19 years.
Milt's other website can be found at: http ://www.NewlyDiagnosedDiabetes.com.