When Kaitlyn was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was constantly overwhelmed. There was hardly a day—or sometimes even an hour—that went by that I didn’t have some sort of question about how to handle something with her diabetic care. Well, time has passed, and I have been feeling that there aren’t too many things that I can’t handle anymore. I guess I was getting a little too smug, because the other day I was completely thrown for a loop!
About a week and a half ago, my youngest son Jonathan picked up what I thought was just a little tummy bug. I’ve learned that when you have a lot of kids, you get to share a lot of things—including germs! Sure enough, a couple days later, Kaitlyn started complaining of a hurting tummy. At first, she handled it just fine. She didn’t have much of an appetite and was really tired, but otherwise her blood sugar levels were great. Two evenings later, we just couldn’t get her blood sugar where we wanted it. When I finally had the presence of mind to call our wonderful diabetes care manager, she instructed me on exactly what I should do. Thankfully, she was available to help us through the whole ordeal!
I had heard about stories like ours from other moms with type 1 children, but until we lived through it, I didn’t believe what a toll an illness like this can have. Revelation: I’m not the expert on everything like I was beginning to think I was. If I hadn’t called for help, we probably would have ended up in the emergency room. Next time, I’ll be much quicker to rely on the support that’s available rather than trying to handle it all by myself!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.