Issues children face with type 1 diabetes

Helen - posted on 11/05/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 9 and was diagnosed with type 1 about 1.5 yrs ago. She has asked to sleepover at friends places but me being to nervous I would ask her friends to come here. This was ok up till now when she is now asking to go out, and is blaming her diabetes for the lack of sleepovers and visits to friends houses. She's been talking a lot about hating the illness and not liking herself because of it. Anyone have any suggestions??

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Helen - posted on 11/06/2015

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Thanks!! Yes, we are working on teaching her, she is getting good at certain things and knows the importance of checking but still doesn't have her head wrapped around it as she is still a child. She does still get things confused and so do we at times, but things are coming along. I can educate that is no problem and I actually found a neat little thing online for sleepovers and such for her to keep with her. We alway check sugars at 11pm and 3 am as advised but depending on her numbers in the night, there is sometimes a 1am check. Her insulin doses are constantly changing all the time it seems along with her sugars, which makes it hard trust that she will be ok. I have assured her that the lack of sleepovers are nOT from her diabetes but rather ppl are very busy and haven't had a chance to ask her over; however, I really think it's because ppl are nervous and so are we.

Helen - posted on 11/06/2015

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Thanks!! Yes, we are working on teaching her, she is getting good at certain things and knows the importance of checking but still doesn't have her head wrapped around it as she is still a child. She does still get things confused and so do we at times, but things are coming along. I can educate that is no problem and I actually found a neat little thing online for sleepovers and such for her to keep with her. We alway check sugars at 11pm and 3 am as advised but depending on her numbers in the night, there is sometimes a 1am check. Her insulin doses are constantly changing all the time it seems along with her sugars, which makes it hard trust that she will be ok. I have assured her that the lack of sleepovers are nOT from her diabetes but rather ppl are very busy and haven't had a chance to ask her over; however, I really think it's because ppl are nervous and so are we.

Jodi - posted on 11/05/2015

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Why can't you just educate the friend's parent about her needs? Get to know the parents and then you may be able to gain confidence.

MaryAnn - posted on 11/05/2015

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Is her diabetes (and care) the real reason she isnt allowed to go? If so, it may be time to start teaching her how to test, use medications, make smart dietary decisions... So that she can enjoy these very normal learning experiences. Obviously call to check up on her. If not, be very clear with her that her diabetes isnt the reason.

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