My 2 year old recently diagnosed...does it get easier?
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Amy - posted on 01/20/2010
its this simple. yes it get easier but.....when they get teenagers it can be harder. they learning about theirself and want to be like everyone else. teach them while they are youn and most of the time when they get older they wont know any different. my theroy too. tell everyone about your childs diabetes. i live in a community that is great. when my son went into kindergarten i got a bunch of diabetes stuff and childs book to read to the class. i and the teach explained about his diabete in a way a child could understand. he was 13 months when he was diagnosed and is 13 now. his friends have been there from day one. being open is a good thing. the more you tell people the more they want to know. more and more children like ours are getting this.
Stacy - posted on 01/14/2010
My daughter was diagnosed at 18 months and is now 16. It does get better, until they are teenagers and then they have the attitude that most teens have and in our case, she is too busy to check bg's and gets grumpy with me when I ask her about it.
You will look back at these early days in the years to come and wonder why you were so worried about it all. You will be the one that other diabetic parents come to to answer questions. I remember sitting there in the hospital when dd was diagnosed and thinking how am I ever going to get through this.
Courtney - posted on 01/07/2010
It does. My daughter was extremely young when she was diagnosed. We were stunned and terrified. That was 2 years ago and she is doing really well thanks to her fantastic docs and an amazing nurse educator. It was harder on us a parents that it is on her. I think the thing I have learned is to take a deep breath (easier said than done) and always trust yourself. You know your child the best.
Janel - posted on 01/04/2010
It gets way easier! The first year was the hardest for us. All 3 of our boys were diagnosed within 4 months of each other, the youngest was 8 months. Our daughter & my husband are also type I. Surround yourself with truly supportive people, and don't hesitate to keep looking for doctors until you find one you are very comfortable with. My prayers are with you and your little sweetheart!
Shelly - posted on 12/17/2009
I have a 19 yr old son who was diagnosed when he was 12 and he was very independant and did everything himself from the time he left the hospital, so i really never had to help him with anything except to make sure he was doing what he needed to. In April of this year my 12 yr old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and i am having to do everything for him so it's like it's all new to me and it is difficult but you start to get into a pattern of doing things and being aware of the time and what and when to eat.
Dee - posted on 12/17/2009
The first few months are the worst, then it all starts to settle in. It's like when you first have a baby and are up every few hours through the night when all you want to do is sleep! Deep breaths because it will all be second nature soon enough. Good luck!
Rachelle - posted on 12/15/2009
It does get easier, my son Tye was diagnosed when he was 2. He is now 9 and thriving. He plays AAA hockey in London, he is trying out for the AAA baseball team starting in January. He's healthy, loves life and very active!
He uses an insulin pump, which he's had since he was 4, this also makes life much easier. Best of luck to you!
Amy - posted on 12/13/2009
hi brandy. my daughter was dx when she was two and a half (august 2009). we're still working on getting her numbers regulated. it got easier for me when i stopped panicking over every little thing. i still have numerous sleepless nights. (like tonight) when her numbers are up and down, it's like i sit by her bedside waiting for an hour to go by so i can take her blood sugar again. but once i started understanding it a little more and learned some short cuts it got a little easier. if you need to vent or have any other questions, you can add me as a friend it you want. i don't have all the answers since this is still new for me but maybe we could blow off steam together. lol. hang in there!
Brandy - posted on 12/13/2009
Thank you! I've has my share of emotional breakdowns...i myself have had some health issues due to all of the stress of this. I got shingles all over my back, ulcers in my mouth, blood pressure through the roof...i've had to be put on anxiety meds....i think my mind is alot stronger than my body! Layton is doing great, he really takes everything well, it doesnt even bother him to have his sugar checked or get his shots. Im the one that feels guilty about all of it, he wont ever remember not having diabetes. Thanks for listening to me!!!
Jennifer - posted on 12/13/2009
Yes it does, my son was 2 when he was diagnosed the only difference is I am also a diabetic, I was diagnosed when I was 9. You have to make sure you have a great Dr and diabetic educator. Read everything you can and never treat him any different. I felt guilt and every other emotion possible. The pump is a great thing too, and it will also teach him and you to eat healthier and make better snack choices. Good luck and if you need any help just send me a msg. You can send me a friend request if you want, and emotional breakdowns are OKAY. I have them all the time.