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My son was recently diagnosed (2 weeks ago) with T1D... He is 11 and is currently the only child in his K-8 elementary school... Any words of wisdom for a new dad with a son with T1D? Other than, just treat him like you would if he didn't have T1D...

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Cabot, AR
My son was the same way ...9 and only T1D...things changed quickly the older he got more kids diagnosed sadly...I treated him almost the same...made dang sure everyone knew he was a T1D ....honeymoon stage is trying at times...make sure the nurse keeps close and keeps you in the loop....it will take a lil time but will b a lifestyle soon...my son is now 15;) I hope I helped a lil:/

I'm a dad supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2014.
Manasquan, NJ
****.. Thanks for the insight... Constant contact with nurse through texting... Worked through afternoon lows now dealing with morning lows... Son and nurse becoming really good friends based on all the time they are spending together lately. Honeymoon period is all about trial and error and reacting to numbers and treating them. Thanks again****..

Cabot, AR
Ur welcome...contact me with any questions ...experience I have;)

I'm a dad supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2008.
Westfield, NJ
Hi**** I've got 3 kids, two of them have type 1 (my son is 9 diagnosed at 7, daughter is 6 diagnosed at 1). the two things I would advise are that it gets easier (the daily management) as it becomes almost second nature, and secondly don't expect perfection, from you, your son, the school, the rest of your family, or the a1cs, bgs or food most, just do as well as you can, which will vary from****to****

I'm a dad supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2008.
Westfield, NJ
you are not alone.

I'm a dad supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2014.
Manasquan, NJ
Thanks****.. What I find the most amazing is how my son just takes it all in stride... So proud of him... Amazes me everyday... The daily maintenance has become his math equations of the****.. We have had fun with it and already he is choosing better foods just because the carb count...

Plattsburgh, NY
I have the same thing...my daughter is on her third school nurse and is the only t1 in both schools. My recommendation is look at your rights as a parent in your state there are things you can require the school to do...such as train extra people on the glucagon emergency kits in case the nurse is unavailable...or to far away when it's needed....as well set up an emergency kit to be kept in every classroom your child may be in for example the art room, the library, the music room. It may come in handy and most often what your putting in them won't expire for a good while. Also inform the school of the website https://www.mycareconnect.com. I found this was fantastic it allowed the school nurse to stay in direct connection with me and we could pass information back and forth and it was all logged and saved this way!!!

Cutler Bay, FL
Welcome to the T1 world where sleep is optional and you will find test strips in places that will make you laugh = my dogs bowl. My advice as a T1 parent treat your child as if he has diabetes. You are not alone and he is not alone ;-) nurse should be his BFF. Ask a ton of questions and make people aware in your community. My daughter diagnosed 2 years ago we immediately became part of the DRI and help raise awareness, fundraise and such to help find a cure. Oh yeah one more thing coffee is my BFF...

CA, United States
Make sure he knows if he feels weird that he is confident to say something. Also make sure he always has snacks and stuff available for him while in class and on campus. Also make sure he had a medic alert bracelet. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old. I'm 29 now. I remember being in school and having lows and highs. My mom always made sure I had stuff in the nurses office and also in my backpack. Also my mom made sure the teachers knew as well.

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2013.
Bonney Lake, WA
I'm also right here with you! My daughter was diagnosed in December, she's 7.... We've had lots of encounters at school! Luckily my daughters school has an RN every**** and they call me when her sugars are real high or low... But if I hear nothing then I get a form sent home with her sugars, and her insulin she's taken. She has snacks every****at school at the same time to help with her levels, but on the days she has PE, she takes a granola bar (her other snacks are jerky, or bacon or any other carb free snack) to 'carb' her up, but she also gets tested before PE, and her lunch, and her last recess.... Just to make sure she's high enough to be as active as she wants! Hopefully this will help some

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