Hi there everyone. My son Vincent(just turned 3) was diagnosed a little over a year ago. I too tried to place him in daycare and/or pre-schools. This is my biggest and most enormous challenge of the disease. Other than my significant other, there is no one, I mean no one who can care for a todddler with Type 1!!!(Well, at least where I have been looking). I honestly cannot even leave him for more than an hour at a time now. There is no respite care, and bc I am a single mom, well,...you can imagine....my immediate family (even a sister who is an RN/school nurse and cares for other diabetic kids)... she does not even get the magnitude of the 24/7 sometimes around the clock hourly checks and so forth. She basically has kept him overnight twice since a diagnosis and well....our BS numbers were less than gr8. That's pretty bad when your own immediate family runs for the hills!!!
This is a part of the disease as I read here and see that you other moms may actually understand. Some of you have a wonderful husband, or family member, or that saint of a friend or two, or the day-care provider who jumped right in and on board with this. But, personally, I have not had it that easy...and my life has become totally upside down because of it. I cannot work and earn a living anymore...It is just not possible. As humbling as it is I have had to become totally financially dependant on the state. I just cannot believe how crazy it is to find care! Vincent has a December birthday, so he will not be attending Kindergarten til he is almost 6. Therefore, I am also very very concerned about his socialization issues....I know that he has serious separation anxiety now as well. He and I struggle everyday. We have fun and think goodness I have a degree in early childhood education and was an elementary school teacher. But it is totally different when it's your own child....and just the tow of you all day....everyday. I have met another mom in my area who has a little girl (4) with Type 1 and we hang out quite a bit. But, I know that this is not normal to spend this amount of time with your child at age 3 ( I am never awaY from him at all....like ever....we even are sleeping together ...no really I am serious bc most nights I do the checking for lows and sometimes for no reason crazy growth- sppurt Highs......Basically ,it looks like we will be together 24/7 , until he can go to public school. Oh and if you are wondering about me going to the school with him.....like pre-school....it costs a ton of money.....which I have no income and what they pay daycare and pre-school workers...I would barely break even to afford his tuition. So you see we Vincent and I are as I say to people out there who just don't get it...... "WE ARE STUCK!!' And unfuortunately because of pure ignorance (not including of course anyone out there who is reading this....you know the people out there who have no clue to what care is involved or what this disease entails for toddlers/ younger children.... we are made to suffer all around but mainly suffer emotionally because of this.
Now...I know a lot of you will say oh c, mon she has not looked....well...you are dead wrong....I did and am still looking...and sorry but I know what Vincent needs and there has not been one place out there that I would feel comfortable leaving him at this stage in game . However, I am in the early early stages of opening my own daycare/preschool and I will only allow Type 1 children in!!!LOL!! Ha- HA!!!!