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Letting Go...

Sep 08, 2010

In my last blog, I talked about Kid's Day that we held at our clinic to help get parents and their children with type 1 diabetes ready to return to school. One thing that I noticed during this day was the emotional effects that parents of children and teens with diabetes experience when they have to let go of their child's care.

In our back-to-school session, we were fortunate to enlist the services of a family therapist who provided informal presentations to patients and their families throughout the day.

Once again, my eyes were opened to the challenges of diabetes, when three of my favorite and diligent moms began to tear-up when the therapist asked for questions from the audience. Just 2 days later, I saw another family and helped them fill out medical management and 504 plans as their little 5 year old with type 1 diabetes was heading to school for the first time. Small drops of tears collected in mom’s eyes and she stated she wanted to quit her job and home school. It was too hard to let him go.

I thought I was aware of the challenges of being a parent with a child with diabetes, but I got an even closer insight into these conscientious and wonderful mothers' hearts. I gained a brief understanding of how difficult it is to allow their children to be in the care of others for those many hours.

It’s not just about heading for college (another big step), but about sleepovers, bicycle rides, soccer practice….. How do you help parents let go?

What type of safety nets do you help them put in place so that they can enjoy their own lives while their child is enjoying theirs? Please share your insight into this challenging and necessary part of caring for children with type 1 diabetes!

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  1. Oct 12, 2010

    I think I used to chant to myself at night, "I will never let go!" "I will never let go!" Having 3 boys who are Type 1, letting go was akin to willingly throwing my boys into a volcano. But through baby steps I have come to realize that my boys are way more amazing than I give them credit for. They can handle far more then the average child their age. How could I deny them the simple things in life? I had to give them an opportunity to show their wonderfulness before I said no. So now I say yes...and see how it goes. And you know what? They are rock stars. A cell phone in their pocket, a blood sugar monitor clipped to their belt loop, fast acting sugar at their finger tips and they are good to go. As long as I can contact them at all times...and they check in with BG numbers...I can give them the impression that I am remaining calm. Even if I'm a whirlwind of emotions on the inside.
  2. Sep 15, 2010

    we currently have a TPN protocol with a sliding scale insulin set included. It was for glucose monitoing every 6 hours with Regular coverage. our pharmacy now auto subs Novolog. In this case I am concerned that Novolog should not be used q 6, but ony q 4. Our Docs do not want to change testing to q 4 d/t patient comfort/rest. what are others doing, and what are your thoughts.
  3. Sep 11, 2010

    Diabetes in school is ALWAYS an issue. School nurses in our state are stretched out among many schools and other staff at school are not able to take on liability for injections, etc. We are trying to push Parent Diabetes Advocates (PDAs) that are trained in diabetes management by CDEs, such as ourselves. They are given certificates, including how to inject Glucagon if needed. The parent of that child agrees on their wishes on the 504 plan. This is coming along slowly, but so far is proving to be a success!

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