I was an avid watcher of Army Wives when it premiered. Then life got the better of me and I just couldn’t keep up. Many of my co-workers were much more diligent than I. So when it was mentioned to me that the topic of diabetes was worked into the latest several episodes, my interest was renewed and I made a concerted effort to tune in.
To summarize, Kim Delaney’s character, Claudia Joy goes in for tests after a bad car accident and is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Her doctor discusses the seriousness of diabetes, all the risks involved and proper management through insulin, monitored blood glucose levels and diet. We see her go through a range of emotions until another person with diabetes helps her come to terms with her condition.
It’s refreshing to see an honest, educational portrayal of the seriousness of diabetes. In addition, the inclusion of the importance of wearing a medical ID is wonderfully portrayed in episode 14, (Air Date: 09/13/09 chapter 1) when Claudia Joy’s husband takes the initiative to protect her by giving her a beautiful medical ID bracelet. Although Claudia Joy rebuffs the bracelet initially, by the end of the episode (chapter 4) she reconsiders and puts the ID on.
It truly is important to know that besides treating diabetes effectively through proper medical care a successful treatment program should include wearing a medical ID. Great job Lifetime! (Oh, in case you were wondering… yes, the medical ID is our very own Premier Bracelet. Nice choice Michael!).
American Medical ID