My 13 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 five months ago and his doctor is saying that we'll be able to transition to an insulin pump right about the time that the school year is ending. I have been wanting to get a part time job and the perfect opportunity just came up - it's part time during school hours and just the right distance from both home and school. I don't know if anything so perfect will come around again anytime soon. Granted, there are no guarantees that I would get the job, but if I did it would mean that my son would be at home alone with his 10 year old brother for about 5 hours each weekday. This on its own would make me nervous since he doesn't like to give his own shots (he's only done it a few times when he's absolutely had to) and would rather skip meals than deal with needles. But then you add in the fact that we're also planning on transitioning to an insulin pump around the time he goes on summer break and I have a hard time imagining how that will work, partly because I don't know what the first few weeks of dealing with a pump will be like and what kind of help and/or care he is going to need from me. My inclination is to just wait until after he is comfortable and able to deal with the pump on his own, before applying for a job. I would love to know what other parents have experienced in the first few weeks of helping their child adjust to an insulin pump. My husband works full time and we don't have any relatives who live nearby, so if my son needs help I'm the one who needs to be there.