My 6 year old was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I work full time, but feel like I should take some time to stay at home with her. Is there anywhere I can get help finacially to be able to meet her needs?
User - posted on 08/14/2013
my daughter was just diagnosed 3 days ago. And I am thinking the exact same thing. I think I need a few weeks to get comfortable before I can go back to work. Is that a realistic thought? I want her back in her routine, but don't think daycare/camp will be able to care for her no nurse on staff. Once school starts in 3 week I am sure we all be adjusted and the school nurse is wonderful.
Neva - posted on 03/11/2012
Receiving a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can be a shock, especially since it comes on suddenly. It can produce anxiety and uncertainty so it is understandable that you are concerned. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition and it is important that you and your daughter learn all that you can about the disease and how to manage it. I'm sure that your doctor will set you up with a diabetes educator and an endocrinologist to help you manage her. It is also important for your daughter to have as normal a life as possible. She will need to be taught about checking glucose levels, testing urine for ketones and glucose and insulin injections, and making adjustments to her diet, but she also should learn that just because she has a chronic condition, she is a regular child and is capable of living as a normal child. Life should not revolve around her diabetes. If you quit your full time job to stay home because your daughter has diabetes, you risk sending the subtle message that she is not normal.It would not hurt to take a week or so of vacation time to help develop routines, but remember that your daughter is not a diabetic, but a girl first who happens to have diabetes.
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