Keep Talking About It
When someone you love is diagnosed with diabetes, it’s natural to focus on the physical part of the ailment—because you have plenty to keep up with. But a key part of managing this disease is making sure everyone is open about talking about their fears, frustrations, and hopes for the future.
As your child matures, their entire emotional terrain will change and diabetes creates a complication throughout that shift. Make sure they have someone to talk to. Make sure you share as much as you can with them and other members of your family as well. And, if you get stuck, reach out to your community or a counselor, because they can help you identify emotions and fears and help everyone in your family express themselves more fully.
Keep Living Life
Life goes on, and having diabetes shouldn’t change what your child does. Here are some planning tips:
- Before extended trips away from home, schedule a doctor’s visit to ensure all medications are current. Get written prescriptions for insulin and other medications in case any are lost, and send along a doctor’s letter with treatment instructions.
- If you are looking for a babysitter, consider someone in a family like yours who is familiar with diabetes.
- Plan ahead for birthday parties, holidays, or restaurant visits. You can communicate to party hosts about special needs ahead of time, or check restaurant menus before going.