My 10 year old son was diagnosed on December 22nd when I rushed him to the ER after a bad bout with Type A flu. The triage nurse (thankfully) recognized the symptoms of DKA and tested his sugar (which was at 660 ). Everything was a blur after that… I knew absolutely nothing about T1D. I do now!
As a single mom, I am feeling a lot of pressure to be strong all of the time but the what-ifs and unknowns keep creeping into my head. Up until now I have been trying to take a deep breath and push through them, however it’s not healthy to hold it all in. Everything is not “fine” but it will be… and I have to learn to work with that. I made the decision to join this forum not only to help me through those “moments”, but to educate myself and be part of future solutions. I am scared, for my boy, even terrified at times, but I am also very optimistic that with the advancement in research and technology he will be able to manage this fairly easily.
For now we are using the Lantus and Novolog pens but I plan to talk to the endocrinologist eventually about the pump. I also did some reading on the Dexcom for monitoring. It is especially appealing to be able to see his numbers throughout the day when he is at school or other activities. Thoughts on how soon is too soon to switch to one of these devices? He is a very active kid and plays baseball 9 months of the year and loves to swim. Would one of these devices not be appropriate with those types of activities?
Lastly, is there any advice, travel tips, eating out suggestions or “things you wish you knew” early on? My son is a constant grazer and it’s becoming an issue with him getting tired of eating cheese, rice cakes or a handful of nuts. He is allowed a snack under 10g of carbs. I will gladly take suggestions.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know some of you.