Just for fun....kind of a survey.....

Deana - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I saw these questions asked before and thought the answers were kind of interesting.....

Where is everyone from? How old was your child when diagnosed with type 1? and if your child goes to school are there other children in your school with type 1 diabetes?



My son was diagnosed when he was 5 1/2 years old, he is now 11 yrs. old. No one in our family had diabetes so it came to a complete shock! Talk about changing your life in an instant!

We are now living in Southeast Wisconsin, about 20 min. south of Milwaukee.

My son has one other little girl that goes to his school with diabetes. And from what I understand there is going to be a new student in K-5 that will start next year. It just seems to be more and more common each year. Thank GOD for the ladies in the school's office....they are all such a big help!! We have a school nurse but she is only there about once a week. At our school, the staff really makes sure they have all of the details. And I know it is not like that everywhere so I am grateful for that! Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Deana

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Tamra - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Audra:

there are way to many healthy children being diagnosed with this disease & there is no explanation. I pray that President Obama actually does something to assist in the funding for the cure of diabetes. Our children don't deserve to be poked several times a day. They did nothing to deserve this.

I am sorry I got up on my soapbox. When Chris went to elementary school there was one girl & boy that both had Type 1, as he has entered Middle School, there is yet another girl & boy that both have been diagnosed. It is alarming to say the least. 

 Hi Audra,



Here is a link to some information I found disturbing, yet informative when it comes to a possible cause of Diabetes in children.



http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/d_0n...



Tamra


 

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Tracy - posted on 03/22/2009

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My son Ezekiel is 4 yrs old and was diagnosed last month on Feb. 15th. We started with syringes, but we are now using the pen, which has made a big difference. He is in a daycare located in one of the schools and he is the only one with type 1. I don't know about next year when he goes to kindergarten. One of my co-workers has a teenager who is type 1. My husband is type 1 also. I live in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada.

Deana - posted on 03/21/2009

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Hi Toni, My son, Brett, is 11 years old and has been on the mini med pump for about

2 1/2 years. It is always a big transition to switch to the pump...It is that first week when you are getting comfortable with learning all of the new stuff. But it has been completely worth it!! It gets easy once you get thru the first few days. Brett still may complain when we change his site every 3 days, but it is alot better than having to get the 4 shots a day with the needle. Brett would never go back and loves being on the pump. It has given him a lot more freedom & flexibility from an eating schedule and just every day life. He doesn't have to have a snack, he can eat a later lunch if he isn't hungry at the time or if our schedule doesn't allow it.

He can eat more if he wants too, which is great for these 'growing boys'! It gives him more independance. It hasn't gotten in his way at all for sports either...he plays soccer, baseball, goes camping with the boy scouts and swims like a fish. If your son is showing interest in the pump, I highly recommend in checking into it all. It is worth it! Good luck with it all.

Toni - posted on 03/20/2009

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My son Taylor was diagnosed at age 6 1/2 and is now 11.  We too were very surprised as we were unaware of anyone who had diabetes.  Life has changed quite a bit since then.  The school office staff at our school have been fantastic as well.  We are now considering the option of pumps but don't know anyone who has one.  It would be great to hear some success stories

Donna - posted on 03/20/2009

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my name is Donna and my daughters name is Karralene.Karralene is 10 and was diagnosed on 12-12-08.That was the worst day of our life but since then she has really made me proud.Karralene is the only child in her school with diabetes and the school has totally gone all out to help make her days easier.We live in Campbelltown,nsw.Some days are better than others.Some days I just want to curl up and cry but as every mum knows I can't.The needles we can manage but what has been hard is counting everything she eats.Sometimes when her friends are eating junk food,she wants aswell.Thank god her friends are little angels and will do anything to make it easier for her.Our life has changed so much since this diagnosis but life goes on.I am so proud of karralene and the way she has handled this horrible change of lifestyle.

Tamra - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hi Audra,



The article explained that the increase could be a result of an increase in children affected by the virus.



"Researchers have a 30-year history of interest in coxsackie viruses as a diabetes cause. Epidemiological studies in the 1960s, for example, showed that coxsackie outbreaks in various regions were followed by an increased incidence of diabetes. Studies also showed that perhaps 60 percent of newly diagnosed diabetics had antibodies to the virus. "



If this virus is a cause, weight would have nothing to do with Type 1 Diabetes in children.

Audra - posted on 03/01/2009

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Thanks Tracy,



I understand that they "have an explanation",  however I would like to know why the sudden increase on non-obese children.  When I was growing up (in the 70s & 80s), I knew of one boy that had Type 1.  Now I know of 5 kids that are 14y/o that have it.  I don't live in a large metropolis by any means (15,000).  I don't know, maybe I'm making a mountain aout of a molehill.

Audra - posted on 02/28/2009

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Wow, this is a cool site!! My son Chris, who is 14 y/o, was diagnosed with Type 1 @ 14 months old. He had been sick for about 4 weeks, at the time of diagnosis. He was vomiting every nite at bedtime, saturating his diapers each nite & drinking liquids like there was no tomorrow. I had taken him to the Dr. about 2 weeks prior, & they told me he had the flu & he would get over it. On the day of diagnosis, he woke up 2 hours after his twin sister, was completely saturated, lethargic & I could see everyone of his ribs when he breathed. I took him to the ER & after trying to thread him for an IV for over an hour (they finally threaded his carotid artery with the same needle they use on preemies) they told me he was in critical condition & they couldn't tell me if he was going to make it or not.



Chris was diagnosed in 1995 & I believe with all my heart there is some sort of hormone, producers are adding to the foods that we eat, that is causing this disease to escalate at the rate that it is. I understand that obesity is part of the problem, but Chris was actually a LEAN baby, there are way to many healthy children being diagnosed with this disease & there is no explanation. I pray that President Obama actually does something to assist in the funding for the cure of diabetes. Our children don't deserve to be poked several times a day. They did nothing to deserve this.



I am sorry I got up on my soapbox. When Chris went to elementary school there was one girl & boy that both had Type 1, as he has entered Middle School, there is yet another girl & boy that both have been diagnosed. It is alarming to say the least.



We are from Fort Dodge, IA.



Audra

Janet - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi my name is Janet I am a brand new member, My daughter is Madison and she was 3 weeks short of turning 7 when she was diagnosed (shes 10 1/2 now). We live in South Australia. Madison's school has been fantastic and she deals with it all in the classroom, we still have to draw up her needles but she does everything else (not on a pump yet...) We have a family history of type 1 on my husbands side so not a complete shock but still totally terrifying to start with, My heart goes out to you Tamra I wont say it gets easier but it won't always be this hard!.

Tamra - posted on 02/26/2009

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Joel is 5 1/2.  He is as good a patient as one could hope for at 5.  He's still a bit skittish when it's time for shots, but he almost always says, "That didn't hurt that much, Mommy."



We actually lived in Eagle Lake Manor.

Deana - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi Tamra,

It's a small world...I do live in the Union Grove area. My husband was born and raised here. We were living in the south for 10 years but just moved back almost 2 years ago.

It is always good to be closer to family. How old was your son when he was diagnosed?

Tamra - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi Deana,



I'm currently living in far Western Maryland, but I was born in Racine - must be close to where you are.  Lived near Union Grove for a couple years and then our family moved north near Antigo.  I lived in Green Bay for a couple years before moving here.



Joel was just diagnosed the end of January, so we're still new to all this.  Both my husband's and my families have Type 2s, but  I think Joel may be the first T1.



I homeschool him, so we haven't had any issues in that regard.  It's been a good thing for me to not have to hand him off to someone else, yet.



 

Tracy - posted on 11/20/2008

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My son Hayden, soon to be 14, was diagnosed 7 years ago, January 1st! He's gone to diabetes camps several times, where he's made friends with other type 1 kids. This past summer he went to a non diabetic camp, he loved it! We are in the process of getting ready for the pump... Like Deana, there is no family history of diabetes for us, and it was a COMPLETE shock! I was certain he was dying when he was diagnosed so we were quite relieved with the diagnosis, we give him needles, and he lives? Fair trade! We live in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. And so far this is the 3rd school he's been in due to changes is work for mom & dad.... and at none of those schools, did any other child have diabetes, he's had friends that had siblings with diabetes. But I've been very fortunate in that the schools are very good with working with us to assist Hayden in his diabetes management. Next year is high school, and that makes nervous, are they going to care the same way they do now, when he reaches high school. I just want to know that they are going to show the same concern and support? I think the pump will be the biggest change.

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