Any parent that has heard those words before, has stood right where you are standing. You’re likely picturing a long, dark tunnel ahead and feel any glimmer of light in the distance will only turn out to be only another train coming at full speed. It’s extremely daunting.
Been there, done that. In fact, two of my three kids have been diagnosed with diabetes. They’re adults now; one was diagnosed at age 2, and the other at age 13, so when I say I have stood where you are, I ‘m 100-percent sure I know what you’re feeling. Let me share a few things that might help with where you are today. Your new normal.
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Stay Offline, Focus on Your Medical Team
For the first 30 to 45 days, stay away from your computer. You won’t, but I strongly suggest you do. During this time, it should be you, your child, and your child’s medical team. If you go online you will be given a ton of information from people who although well intentioned, can only share their own story. I’ve often called this the ‘snowflake’ disease because it’s so different in each person. You medical team are the only ones who understand this disease and how it will impact YOUR child and family. Please trust me on this.
Another overwhelming phase at the beginning of this new journey is learning all the new terminology and lingo. You need to learn this. You need to know what they mean to your child. Let the medical professionals be the ones to answer your questions and explain what happens when your child eats, sleeps, attends school, plays outside, and takes their medication.
Learn what it all means for the first 4-6 weeks.