Horror stories

By bwolfe Latest Reply 2010-07-21 18:03:25 -0500
Started 2010-07-14 15:12:11 -0500

Question? How do you talk to people who has a child with type 1 diabetes without hearing the horror stories to go with it.I all for getting helpful information but right now this is scary enough on it's own.My daughter was diagnosed june 3rd.

8 replies

bwolfe 2010-07-21 13:07:30 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone ,I know the dangers but on the same note I don't want to scare my daughter into thinking she is not normal ,and that she may die at any moment .I am trying to make her aware of what could happen so she know what to do. But there are poeple who I have talked to that has made it just horrifing.I know it was bad and scary but some of the detail was not needed to get the story acrossed. To be only nine she is the most amazing person I know.She has handled this like an adult, only after one month she is giving herself shots and counting her carbs..

GabbyPA 2010-07-21 18:03:25 -0500 Report

I am so glad to hear that she is doing well. 9 is young, but old enough to want to start doing things on their own, so you will have many good opportunities to work with her, share with her and learn together what she needs to be doing. Nightmares are not the way, and I am so glad you are working that out with her. Let her be a kid. That is one thing that diabetes can take away. I hate to see it happen. And to be honest, kids are so amazing. If you treat it like it's just normal and the way things are, they will follow your example and live a much more balanced and healthy life. It sounds like you are doing a great job.

kaitin 2010-07-15 10:11:07 -0500 Report

my mom and stepfather have always told me everything about what can happen to me because of my disease. they hide absolutely nothing from me. i never use to take it very seriously until about a year ago when i got very sick in school because of a high blood sugar. now i will hardly go 20 min without taking it. i really appreciate the fact that they tell me everything but i am so disappointed with myself for just recently starting to take my diabetes seriously

MAYS 2010-07-15 10:50:49 -0500 Report

The horror stories are real and sometimes necessary to get the point of seriousness across.
Many people object to the discussion of the complications of diabetes, but I stress the point anyway, if you must be frightened into doing what's right and necessary for your survival, then so be it.
Diabetes and it's possible complications are serious, very serious !


GabbyPA 2010-07-14 21:18:17 -0500 Report

Isn't it just like teaching your kids about the birds and the bees? Timing is everything and you know best what your child can handle.

As she grows older and wants the independence you can share more. I really believe that it can be a positive adventure if you keep it that way. Not that you don't tell her the truth, but you will find ways to inject the cautions without the nightmares. A happy child is much more likely to be compliant and when compliance is just the way of life then it's not so bad.

RAYT721 2010-07-14 16:22:49 -0500 Report

It is a double edged sword. On one hand it is good to arm yourself with the experiences of what could happen and what to do in the event of… but frightening at the same time. Once you bring up the topic you are opening yourself to the positive and negative responses that people are bound to give you. You can't censor the truth. I know that you and your daughter will be just fine but it takes alot of motivation, education and inspiration. I hope you get all three from your visits with us.

monkeymama 2010-07-14 20:58:25 -0500 Report

Ray is ever so true about this. You really can not hide the truth and realities behind what can happen with diabetes. I personally allow my children (who are not diabetes BUT are HIGH RISK) to hear these kinds of things. We are VERY OPEN with this. In fact, my older two kids are being trained in what to do in bad situations I can not handle if ill.

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