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Parent and Nurse Too

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by earruda, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. earruda

    earruda Approved members

    Feb 13, 2006
    I am wondering if any others of you out there are also nurses or physicians? It presents both comfort and fear for me. Comfort because I already know about diabetes management. Fear because I see every day what can happen if you don't take care of your diabetes. I am trying hard to find a way to positively channel this "opportunity" the universe has given our family. Maybe becoming a diabetes specialist will be the thing. I would love to network with others in a similiar position.
  2. nantomsuethom

    nantomsuethom Approved members

    Dec 23, 2005
    I am also a nurse. Prior to Thomas being diagnosed I didn't have a lot of experience with diabetes. I just knew the basics.
    I also feel that I would someday like to be a diabetic educator. Someday when I have time to get the hours in. I did ask about it when he was diagnosed and was told that I needed 1,000 hours of hands on and it couldn't be your own child.
    I do not look at the bad things that can happen simply because I feel that if we/he keeps good control that the complications will be minimal. The more we/he are educated about complications and technology I think it will help him to live a good long life.
    I have been an RN for 18 years and still feel there is so much more to learn about diabetes.
  3. Sweetkidmom

    Sweetkidmom Approved members

    Nov 7, 2005
    I'm also an RN and when Jess was first diagnosed, I was devastated. Throughout the drive to the nearest town to get to hospital (she was in DKA) I just kept seeing all the complications of all the diabetics I had nursed through the years and drove most of the way with tears in my eyes trying not to let Jessie see.

    When I found out how much diabetes management has changed since I trained in the 80's I was very pleasantly surprised. There was only pig and cow insulin in those days, no insulin pens and no such thing as MDI or intensive management let alone pumps as finely tuned as they are today. Once I saw all these my fears were allayed. I realised that horrible as it was, it was *managable* and not an inevitable slide downhill. I also realised that Type 1 and Type 2 are two vastly different ballgames.

    I've done an educators course, but I don't work in the field. A colleague advised me to stick to the field I am in (clinical trials) as he said I am more likely to burn out in diabetes if I have it both at work and at home. I guess there are pro's and cons to that argument. I did the educators course mostly to make sure I am up to date with the latest treatments so Jess could have the best chances.

    One day... when she has left home... I will likely turn towards that field as I find it interesting, and think I could be effective and practical. And I really like that there is so much we CAN do about it - I would focus on the positive and the motivational.

    One day. Life is most definitely what happens while you're making other plans! I feel like my life was completely hijacked. Still trying to work out what I am going to BE when I grow up.....!


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