Greetings All! My son is 11, and just diagnosed last week as a type 1 diabetic. I took him into emerg as he was throwing up and complaining it was hard to breathe. He had all the tell tale symptoms of a diabetic. Thirsty, lathargic... Since then, we spent 7 days on the Peds floor, have had a crash course in Diabetes and numerous meetings with dieticians, child care workers, and diabetic education nurses. ..Can I just say how lucky and thankful I am to have amazing support in our system, education and health care available. We've been home for 2 days now, and was expecting this to be a lot harder. I can see how our new routine will become second nature. We've always been a "brown" family, only buying whole wheat grains, rice and pasta, and we really haven't had to buy anything new to accommodate our new routine. I'm also an expert label reader as I've always counted carbs and tracked my food intake. So carb counting is almost second nature to me. .. it's like i was destined to raise a diabetic child (lol) Liam is taking everything really well. But we have always been positive, and looked on the brighter side. He's old enough to understand what he has, he understands the science, and better yet, he understands what will happen to him if he doesn't take care of himself. I've always been upfront and not "sugar coating" difficult subjects in my parenting technique, and no exceptions this time either. He does have the realization he's diabetic every now and then and gets upset he cant go barefoot as he used to. But my husband and I are doing everything with him, eating the same, and the same rules apply to us as him. I think this is making him realize we are with him every step of the way... Now my daughter on the other hand (who is 9) is defo feeling left out as I stayed in hospital with my son. She is acting out, and Liam, is not helping by playing on her feelings that he is better, and more deserving of our attention. I'm hoping this will stop as we are all home now and things can get back to normal... I'm also including her in the treatment, and meal plannings. I find if she feels involved more, she wont feel so left out. She's my official "writer downer" as she likes to call it. She documents all his blood sugar levels, updates the food diary & helps figure out how much insulin he needs. My motto in life is : Its not about what happens, its about how you deal with it. Positivity makes all the difference. I'm on here to find other like-minded parents, and connect with them. I'm very open minded and welcome any advice, and positive criticisms. I'm also looking to meet families in my area. I really think its important for Liam to meet other children with type 1.