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02-17-2009, 12:10 PM
My 18 month old was diagnosed on February 2nd this year. I know it has only been a couple weeks, but I already see how important it is to have these great supports.
I look forward to getting to know everyone!
02-17-2009, 12:22 PM
welcome, my son was diagnosed 1/27/09 so i am still really new to all this as well...he just recently started honeymooning so we are having a pretty good time of it. it is very difficult to have such a young one and have to adjust to doing so many new things, especially when they just dont understand but it does get better. the people on this board are FANTASTIC and offer so much encouragemnet and support. do not hesitate to post any question no matter how silly...you will get immediate responses from lots of people. one thing i have learned in the brief time i have been in this little "club" of parents of diabetics is that the diabetic community is wonderful...every where i turn for help and support i always get a wonderful response. glad to meet ya but sorry you have to join. :(
02-17-2009, 12:59 PM
Welcome. I was here two weeks after dx too. Mine was 20 months old when he was dxd last June.
02-17-2009, 01:52 PM
Hey Kathy!! Nice to see you here! Like I was saying before, you will find a lot of support here and the parents here are wonderful! You will definitely find that this is an important part of your "new" life. :cool:
02-17-2009, 01:58 PM
Sorry to hear about your little one's recent dx but glad you have found this wonderful website. Everybody on here has been in your place and understands how overwhelming it can all seem--hope to see you here often.
02-17-2009, 03:03 PM
02-17-2009, 09:59 PM
I just wanted to say welcome, but sorry you have to be here. You have found a great site for support and information. The early days are very tough, you are overwhelmed emotionally, sleep deprived, and scared. But over time you will become more comfortable dealing with all the things you need to do to live with this illness. You will find a "new normal" believe it or not and things will get into more of a routine. All the parents here are proof of that.
Here are some books you may find useful:
The "bible" of childhood diabetes, "Understanding Diabetes" (aka The Pink Panther book) by Dr. Peter Chase of the Barbara Davis Center at the University of Colorado.
Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin [ILLUSTRATED] by Gary Scheiner, Barry Goldstein
Sweet Kids: How to Balance Diabetes Control & Good Nutrition with Family Peace, Second Edition by Betty Page Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE & Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2002. 250 pages. Softcover. US$16.95.
Type 1 Diabetes: A Guide for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults -- and Their Caregivers by Ragnar Hanas, M.D. Published by Marlowe & Company, New York, 2005. ISBN 1-56924-396-4. US$34.95.
Finally, in addition to the forums there is a chat room here where you can talk to other parents in "real time".
Hang in there :cwds:
mom of girls
02-20-2009, 12:43 PM
Welcome. Mine was 13 months at diagnosis and is 25 months now. You have found a great support system. I would be happy to help with any questions you would have.
Becky Stevens mom
02-23-2009, 09:20 AM
Hi Kathy, glad that you found us:) We are people just like you from all over the world. We share a special bond and really support one another. Come here often to ask questions, get advice, vent to people who understand. Join us in the parents chat room theres usually someone in there.
02-23-2009, 09:29 AM
I know how overwhelmed a new dx can make you feel...CWD will help a lot with that. My son is 6 and was just dx last month. I have learned a lot from all of the good people here...and they can be pretty entertaining as well :p.
Hope to see your posts often!