TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Day one is like”being told to jump out of a plane while someone hands you a parachute and instructions,”says Karen Poteat,whose daughter has type 1 diabetes,”Read fast.Don’t Worry-you’ll be fine.”It’s lot at first,but diabetes management will become routine.
ASSEMBLE A CARE TEAM
A CDE is indispensable after diagnosis,and you’ll continue to work with your pediatrician,an endocrinologist,a dietitian,and an ophthalmologist.A counselor or social worker can help the whole family adjust.
MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR
Your child and anyone involved in his care will need to know the basics of glucose monitoring,insulin administration,carb counting,and what to do in case of an emergency.While older kids can take a more active role in their own care,little ones will rely on adults to manage their care for a while older kids can take a more active role in their own care,little ones will rely on adults to manage their care for a while.
Apps can help track and record blood sugars,insulin doses,carbs,and exercise,Some sync with monitors and pumps,then send alerts when blood glucose goes out of normal range. Ask your kid’s doc or CDE for suggestion.
PREPARE A DIABETES KIT
FIll a travel kit with insulin and needles,a glucose meter,spare batteries,test strips and lancets,adhesive bandages a quick-acting form of glucose,water,and contact numbers.Always keep it in the same place.
LET THE GUILT GO
Your child’s diagnosis is not your fault.There’s nothing you could have done to prevent it-even if you have type 1 or another autoimmune disorder yourself.
SREAD THE WORD
Let everyone involved in your child’s life family,teachers,coaches,activities leaders,baby sitters know what’s going on informed caregivers can help keep your kiddo safe.
Tell the whole crew how changes to the family table will make everyone feel better,Make exercise an adventure by trying new sports or exploring places together.Find a national park in your area.
Type 1 does not define your child.Diabetes is only a part of her life.With good management,there are no limitations to what your kid can do.