is there anyone i could talk to about diabetes as my 6 year old has got it
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Sara - posted on 08/21/2011
Hello my name is sara
My three year old son was just diagnosed days before his third birhtday with type one diabetes. My father has also had type 1 all of my life, so it was not a unknown disease to me, although having to personally administer insulin into my baby just seemed so unreal and upsetting.
It has now been 2 months since we have brought him home from the hospital, things have been difficult but we have settled in with his diet and regimine. A good way to keep him involved is having him poke his finger when its time to test his sugars or letting him choose where he would like his shots at (this way he feels like he is involved and is not scared of the process).
This has been one of the hardest processes, I have read a dozen books and articles and they all say that its important to find time for you and your spouse....which is easier said than done! My husband unfortunately works nights and has to be asleep by about noon everyday so that leaves very little time for us.
My advice is to have a net of close friends and family that understand the difficulties and sacrifices you must make to be a parent/nurse and all the other titles that fall under mommy-hood. If you would like to talk or bounce ideas off me just message me on here I'm more than happy to talk to another parent going through this!!!
User - posted on 07/18/2009
I can give you my daughter-in-law's email address if you would like. Our granddaughter was diagnosed at age of 3. She is now 10 and doing well with the insulin pump. I know Liz would be happy to talk to you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle - posted on 07/18/2009
Well my daughter does not have diabetes but I do. I was diagnosed at age 17 with type 1 diabetes. It can be a very hard thing to go through. Just try you rbest to explain what is going on and make sure she is eating as healthy as possible. I am now 25 and so far everything is looking really good for me. I check my sugars 4 times daily and take insulin 4 times daily as well. I can eat everything anyone else is eating as I use carb counting and this allows me to adjust my insulin to the foods I eat. Which is great! I would see if you can get her into a diabetes education team. They have youth teams around here (in Canada) that are GREAT with the children. It is hard to come to terms with no matter what age you are! Just make sure she knows that she's not alone and that everything will be fine as long as she takes care of herself:0) Good luck!
Hope - posted on 07/18/2009
My cousin was diagnosed w/ juvenile diabetes at age 6. He is doing really well... When they are that young it is so hard to explain to them how important it is to keep track of blood sugars and to watch what they eat! He has done so well. The thing to keep in mind is that she is allowed to have ALMOST anything every other child has, in moderation or the same thing Sugar-free or diet. It helps when the family as a group follows the diet of a diabetic. Then it seems normal to the child. Another thing you try to explain to her is that she is just healthier than other kids in a certain aspect because she is eating healthier! Whereas, other kids are not and are feeling up on junk foods! There are diabetic teaching and consultants, just check with you area hospital. The one I work at holds counseling for all types and all ages of people w/ diabetes. Maybe even getting her in w/ other kids that are diabetic. Is she only supposed to monitor it or is she covering herself everytime? The insulin pump is great and she may get excited about it since you are able to choose the color : )
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