in this time of upheaval, there wont be any words that will make you feel better. for the next year or so, this will be what seems like a very long time of abrupt change, and there’s a language you will have to learn. I can’t tell you it gets easier - but I can tell you that by the year’s end, you’ll be an expert and develop a new set of senses around blood sugar.
in the coming years, this will become the new routine.
I think it’s OK that you excuse yourself if you are feeling grief about the new normal. I was a bit older at diagnosis and my parent’s fear is what affected me more than the needles.
you don’t have an easy road ahead, but if you have your kids’ back, you’ll be a strong influence on both the medical and emotional stuff to come. Diabetes forces you to be the primary medical provider, as the hourly changes in blood sugar will require you to make decisions. I urge you to develop a good relationship with your childrens CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) because they will be most helpful this year…
not to make light of your situation, but less than 4 generations ago, type 1 was a fatal diagnosis and disease. if you are thinking about this and that… this is much better than that.
write those letters to santa, learn about insulin. in my 38 years of experience - if you learn how to use insulin there’s not much difference in having type 1 as not having it, it’s more like a manual transmission versus an automatic one.
please use the forum, there are a thousand years of experience here. type 1 can be isolating because there really aren’t that many of us, but you are not alone.
your daughter can help take care of your son in more ways than meets the eye, it might be just the thing that helps her.
please keep talking about it and take care of yourself as well. we’re rooting for you.