Bob Theisen and his wife Julie moved to Waverly in 2017 soon after becoming empty nesters. Not long after they settled in, Bob started noticing unusual symptoms – increased thirst and appetite, as well as blurry vision.
After a visit with his doctor, Bob received some unexpected news – he had Type II diabetes. “When I was diagnosed, my doctor recommended that I meet with Janine Johnson, WHC’s diabetes program coordinator,” said Bob.
Before meeting with Janine, Bob didn’t know much about Type II diabetes, causing him to feel a bit shocked and confused. “I was provided very quickly with the right amount of information to become knowledgeable about my diagnosis, but also confident in my ability to manage my own care,” shared Bob.
Through carb counting, blood glucose monitoring, physical activity and meal planning, Bob’s blood sugar began dropping to normal levels. Bob continued, “Janine was particularly helpful. She really cared about me and has a passion for her work. She made me feel secure, confident and certainly not alone.”
Each person Bob met during his care made him feel welcomed and respected. “Waverly Health Center is in a small town and what really shined was that everyone involved in my care seemed to show the care and community spirit that everyone who lives in a smaller town can relate to. It was like I was one of the family and like I was the only one needing care that day. That kind of personal care can be tough to find in today’s fast paced, technology centric environment,” finished Bob.