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By Temweni Latest Reply 2010-10-28 11:32:02 -0500
Started 2010-10-20 09:57:38 -0500

My son was diagnosed with diabetic on 23rd July ,2010.
so far so good is diabetic is under control and its my pray that this great God we serve takes full control over my son . my Q is will i manage and help him well ,i know his diabetes is for life , but seriously does it mean for the rest of his life. Or is it that am loosing it myself in accepting this all issue.

21 replies

Richard157 2010-10-25 21:38:32 -0500 Report

Hello Temweni, welcome! I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. Now I am 71 and have been a type 1 diabetic for 65 years. With your love and care, your son can have a long, healthy life. The better his control, the better his chances are for avoiding complications. I am very healthy and your son has a good chance of growing up healthy too. Some day he may be a healthy old geezer like me. HA!!!

You will get much support on this site, but there is another site that was especially created for parents of diabetic children. Here is the link:


Good luck to you and your son!


Temweni 2010-10-27 04:21:58 -0500 Report

wow! luck u . tks for ur encouraging words . Glory to God that he loves u that much and its my prayer he continues to be with my boy all the way.

would u remember some of the drinks and snacks which were recommended to u when u were young and what u liked most?

Richard157 2010-10-27 08:56:51 -0500 Report

Doctors never recommended any kind of diet during my childhood, except to avoid sugar. There was no artificial sweetener for my first few years, but then there was saccharin and Kool Aid. Mother made me desserts sweetened with saccharin. I ate large portions of pies, cakes and cookies, but we did not know that I should eat low carb meals. That is the reason my blood sugar ran high almost all the time. I think fresh fruit from our orchard was my favorite snack. It still is today.

Temweni 2010-10-28 02:17:46 -0500 Report

hello there
how are u? we are ok and my boy has gone to Sch.
You mentioned of fresh fruits which u still enjoy now , is there any restrictions like which fruits to take ? am asking coz i was advice that only the less sweet ones like Apples that 's what he should take and usually he is more like restricted even just to take the diluted apple juice. its somehow makes me uncomfortable and i wish i would know what else i would give him.

Richard157 2010-10-28 11:32:02 -0500 Report

I eat small apples, tangerines, small oranges, all kinds of berries, and small amounts of melons. I rarely eat bananas unless they have lot of green on them. The riper the fruit is, the more it raises the blood sugar. Grapes and cheeries are also high carb, so I eat aboyt a half dozen, and no more. Of course I determine the number of carbs before I eat anything so I will know how much insulin to take.

sc1boy 2010-10-24 07:31:18 -0500 Report

I understand full well. I was diagnosed as a baby so I know what he is going through. You will do fine and you will find new ways to cook for your son and family. Try to get the family to eat like he needs to and he will hopefully feel better about what he needs to do about keeping his BG under control. Also find a diabetic educator and a diabetes support group and you should be well under way. Please keep me informed. thank you

Temweni 2010-10-27 04:29:55 -0500 Report

is that ur baby? blessed u are to have a caring wife and its my prayer that one day my boy will have a loving family and children coz he is sweet and deceive all that which is good.

Most importantly i worry about his education also. i want him to receive the very best and hope his DM wont afffect it . how did u cope up with ur academic qualification?

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-21 16:16:11 -0500 Report


I am not a physician but I counsel patients who are facing chronic conditions like diabetes and their families. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

It sounds like you are working closely with your son and with his healthcare team. Congrtulations!

I suspect you are already on board with this already, but I would encourage you to continue to be really well informed, reading and going on the Web, asking lots of questions, basically not hesitating to be a high maintenance patient advocate for your son.

Good informaition sources include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org) and the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).

Communication is key. Talk to your son about how he is feeling, physically and emotionally. If you have other children, get them involved in the discussions. Diabetes is a family affair. Make diet and exercise fun for the whole family.

Also, I would recommend talking to his teachers and the school administration to make sure that they are aware of his condition and how to help him as issues arise, not only the health issues and any interpersonal issues, e.g. when other kids ask questions or make inappropriate comments. Make sure they know your expectations!

I would also recommend that you find support for yourself as a parent. Find a safe place to talk about your own feelings, with an objective listener. It's important that you have a place to sort out your own emotions as you and your son travel the road ahead. You might find some good support groups in your geographical area.

Don't neglect yout spirit! Compassion for yourself and for your son -- daily reminders that you are all doing the best you can. Feeling the love! Taking quiet walks, listening to music, enjoying favorite activities, staying connected with any spiritual or religious practices that help you to stay centered.

AND... staying connected with your friends and supporters at Diabetic Connect.

Keep us posted!

Temweni 2010-10-22 04:20:59 -0500 Report

Thank you for response and advice. I tried one of the sites u had advised ,it really of great knowledge and i have downloaded the Sch advisory toolkit.

What is the normal level of Ketone in type 1 diabetic and when should i get worried to rush him for expert help? moreover is there any first aids i would carry out in not too worse situations?

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-22 16:04:21 -0500 Report


So glad that I was able to be of help to you! I unfortunately can't answer the medical questions that you have. That is outside of my expertise. These are questions that I would direct to your physician or diabetes educator, they may have specific targets and interventions in mind for your son. But these are very good proactive questions that I would recommend geting answers on right away.

I hope things continue to go well for you. Please keep us posted!

GabbyPA 2010-10-20 17:33:11 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community and we welcome your son as well. There are many kids here that have diabetes and he could get to know them.

Unfortunately, right now, a diabetes diagnosis will be for the rest of his life. It won't always be as hard as it is right now, it does get easier once you kind of get a handle on things. It will always change though and grow with him, so it is something you cannot just forget about. There are many, many diabetics that lives very long and healthy lives. Let him be a kid, but always be that watchful parent. You guys will grow together through this like you never imagined.

Temweni 2010-10-21 05:30:22 -0500 Report

tks , my prayer has being to see my baby grow up as a happy man and that God 's favour and grace be his darly supplement .My little angle is sweet and mature for his age and just makes me a very proud mother to ve him around. if its ok with u i would love to know more about u?

GabbyPA 2010-10-21 09:38:21 -0500 Report

sure, just pop me a private email and we can chat if you like.

GabbyPA 2010-10-22 15:40:06 -0500 Report

OH!! I didn't mean for you to post that information here. It is not safe to just post it out in the open that way. Please pop in here and take it out. Especially your phone number.

RAYT721 2010-10-20 11:12:28 -0500 Report

Well I would love to tell you of a cure for diabetes but unfortunately have no such news. For now diabetes is a life-long condition. There are two types of diabetes… type 1 and type 2. You're not stating which type your son has. There is so much to learn so you're in the right place. Diabetic or not, your whole family can make progress with a healthier diet, plenty of water, exercise, and trusting God. Our site offers recipes, book reviews, product reviews, support, hugs, prayers and so much more. Welcome to our site/community/family!!!

Temweni 2010-10-21 05:17:31 -0500 Report

its feels gud to be part of this community and am looking forward to learn more and try to atleast 99% help my boy. I believe God directed me to this site.

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