Sunday, August 06, 2006

Packing

That's right! I'm off again. This time, I'm heading to LA for the national conference of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. I'm going along with my boss and one of my coworkers and we leave tomorrow morning at 7. Yikes! Fortunately, our airport here is small, so I only have to be there an hour early.

I'm looking forward to the conference. It lasts 4 days and there will be all sorts of topics covered, from tips for using insulin and other medications to teaching strategies. My boss wants us to attend two classes about participative teaching strategies because she wants us as a team to switch to this type of teaching in our group classes. We had an inservice about it this past week. It's an exciting change. I did some participative teaching on my trips to India and it is really fun and productive.

We are going to be in LA two days early because the conference doesn't start until Wednesday. We didn't have the full schedule until after we made the reservations. So I have chosen two half-days worth of sightseeing to do. One day I will be with my boss, Debbe, and the other day with my coworker, Val for fun. Debbe and I are going to go to the ethnic centers of the downtown area to shop, explore and eat. Val and I are going to the Getty Museum, which was the most recommended thing to do on Yahoo's travel pages. It sounds like an impressive place and it is free! We just have to figure out exactly how we are going to get there. Today I looked at the bus maps and I think I've got our route planned out.

The bad news is that the dress code is business casual for the conference. Ugh! I have had to buy all new clothes for work since I started this job a year ago. Before that I always worked in the hospital where I could just wear scrubs. I still don't have a very extensive business wardrobe, so I'm packing just about all my work clothes and then some shorts for the play days. I also packed one dress outfit in case there will be some sort of semi-formal event. I'm just not sure what to expect.

I can't believe that I'm leaving tomorrow!

9 comments:

Nixter said...

what kind of work do you do Tracy?

Our womens worker's Mum does Diabetes education

Tracy said...

I am a nurse and I just changed jobs a year ago. I now teach people with diabetes about their diagnosis, treatments, etc. In some cases, we are given orders from the doctor to adjust the doses of insulin and I am still learning about that. This is a huge field with lots of info to learn and skills. I really enjoy it. It uses so many different skills. So it is challenging and rewarding.

Nixter said...

Have fun in LA, let us know how you go and what you get up too ;)

Tracy said...

I will try to post from the hotel.

Tracy said...
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Tracy said...

Nixter,

Did you ever see the post that I wrote called "what I learned from my British roommate?" I wondered what you thought of it. I thought I was pretty clever. I wrote it about the same time that Ruth and Priscilla and you all wrote about differences in English words.

Nixter said...

thats cool Tracy, I did a project on my friend who had diabetes, I was fancinated by it.. Look forward to hearing about LA..

Ruth said...

Have a safe and enjoyable trip Tracy. Will pray for you tomorrow morning. :-)

Priscilla said...

Sounds very fun, educational and interesting. It's always a little exciting to travel.

I rarely get to travel.