by Julia Z
When I found out my 6-year-old daughter Gia had type 1 diabetes I went through a whirlwind of emotions. The first one that comes to mind is “fear”. I was scared. I was afraid of all the changes and challenges my daughter would have to face. I also felt discouraged because despite being a nurse, there was very little I knew about type 1 diabetes in children.
During our hospital stay we were visited by one of their diabetes educators. She was wonderful! She would come to our room multiple times each day with helpful resources and knowledge. She taught us everything we needed to know about our new insulin regimen and carb counting. She made sure that we would not leave the hospital without being fully confident and capable of managing Gia’s diabetes at home.
They were and are advocates and teachers for our daughter and our family and have been a very important part of this new way of life.
We were provided with helpful literature and a detailed plan for our daughter. She met with our family members who cared for Gia so that they could each become more comfortable with the transition. She helped us organize our prescriptions and follow up visits with the endocrinologist. Even after we were discharged, we were provided with contact information so that we could reach either the diabetes educators or endocrinologist 24 hours a day for questions or emergencies.
Post-diagnosis, we’ve continued to work with our endocrinologist who has an amazing diabetes educator care team that consists of an RN, a dietitian and a social worker, so there is a wide range of needs being met. They were and are advocates and teachers for our daughter and our family and have been a very important part of this new way of life. Anytime I have questions or am concerned about Gia’s blood sugar, I can give them a call.
I still do have a whirlwind of emotions dealing with Gia’s diabetes, but now they are different emotions. The first one that comes to mind is “confidence.” We are confident that Gia, and our whole family, will continue to learn, and grow, and be brave throughout this new lifestyle. We are hopeful and looking forward to the future, something that wouldn’t have been possible without a diabetes educator.