I'm back home now (you knew that!), up to my eyeballs in the end of school/start of summer camp mayhem, and am also coming to an end of the immediate observations drawn from my trip to the recent ADA Conference. A very enriching experience: I met such fabulous people! Including Dr. Bill Quick and his wife Steph of DiabetesMonitor, who are the sweetest and most knowledeable pair a diabetic could ever hope to meet. And an invigorating getaway, too, save for the Southern California June Gloom. Oh well.
Obviously, I wasn't there to cover in-depth pharma news or even research progression (I left that to the experts, like Richard Kahn, Reuters, Forbes and the rest), but rather, I concentrated on the "clinical" stuff, i.e. what medical professionals are hearing these days about how to deal with us patient-types, and generally took it all in as the Patient-Pundit.
Here's a brief wrap-up of what I reported so far:
* The Big Picture - What's it like to be at a million-dollar industry trade fair for people who do your disease for a living? See my Patient's Eye View report at the DiabetesMonitor.
* ADA Rally Cry - this year's rhetoric from American Diabetes Association President Alan Cherrington via his keynote speech.
* How They'll Do It - is detailed in Call to Action, Tackling Weight Management on The Diabetes Blog.
* The Product Roundup, highlighting the Glucoband.
* Public Awareness Campaigns and hanging out with Mother Love of dLife.
* More Unexpected Fun with Jim Turner of dLife.
* Surprising Advice from a Joslin Expert - Dr. Richard Jackson on what it means to be "doing well with diabetes."
* The Care Team Expands - see Diabetic All Over at The Diabetes Blog.
* The Wild World of Pump Cases, inside and out.
* Closing the Loop - pushback on the "artificial pancreas" concept?
* And Quilting for Diabetes with CWD at The Diabetes Blog.
Considering the two-foot stack of materials I brought home, no doubt there is more to come. But for now, I return to my usual state of semi-self-obsession (did I dose right for lunch? is it time to check again?)
Oh yes, and I wanted to note that I do love conventions. Really. This time I only needed 4 cab rides in total, but what a spectrum of humanity one encounters: First, there was the guy who claimed his mother was exposed to Agent Orange while she was pregnant, so he was told he wouldn't live past age 11 (and look at him now!). Next was the pudgy bald driver who was just on the verge of making $10 million on his very own knock-off software of MircoSoft Office. ("I've already got the DOS prototype.") And then the Hispanic kid whose Hip-Hop reverberated so seismically that the contents of my purse shook, and who slumped down "so cool" in the driver's seat that his eyebrows barely levelled the dashboard (may I see your license? shoulda asked...) And finally, the Indian gentleman who had all four windows rolled down completely. When I shouted through the wind tunnel whether we could please close them a bit, all I could hear was something about "You like to be fresh!" Sigh... What a boring life I lead at home. And now it's back to diabetes a cappella.