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  • Posted by Anna B, a Type 1 diabetic

    Please help me get the government to fund Continuous Glucose Monitors – it could save my life!

    I’m a 37 year old Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed when I was 14 yrs old. I have always suffered from brittle diabetes, however for the past 15 months I have also been suffering from nighttime hypos causing s…[Read more]

  • Well, I guess this is also what I am struggling with. Obviously, the approach taken will be different with a teenager than a younger child like mine (who is 10 years old). I like what you are saying about not falling into ‘nagging’ and yet being able to offer advice when needed. I found learning as much as I can myself has put me in a position to…[Read more]

  • I have found this to be a very tricky area when dealing with a teen. These are years when trying to “fit-in” or appear “normal” are very important and diabetic care can sometimes get in the way. There have been occasions when our daughter would return from school only having taken one blood sugar measurement and her response would be ” I was busy”…[Read more]

  • We do the same with my daughter. She’s in residence at university and it’s great to see her on the web cam and see she’s taking care of herself. Sam

  • I live about 300K from my dad so I can’t be there all the time to keep an eye on him in person. Recently we’ve started using the skype video camera when we chat. It’s a great relief to be able to see him and check up on him. I feel if something is going wrong I will catch it more quickly than I could just talking to him by phone. And he enjoy…[Read more]

  • I would talk to your mom’s healthcare provider about this. They might know of local volunteer associations who could help out with visits while you’re away. Another idea would be to connect with your local CCAC (Community Care Access Centre). They usually have lists of community care associations etc. They have a website: http://www.ccac-ont.ca/ Joyce

  • I spend a couple of hours every day with my 78 year old mom who has diabetes. I want to go away for a week but don’t want to leave her completely without support. There are no other family members nearby. Can anyone recommend any services that could help? SAM

  • I spend a couple of hours every day with my 78 year old mom who has diabetes. I want to go away for a week but don’t want to leave her completely without support. There are no other family members nearby. Can anyone recommend any services that could help?

  • Hi Dan,

    I’m really sorry to hear about your partner’s situation. How is her liver now?. Based on what you said, I’m assuming that after the chemo, her body doesn’t produce insulin at all?!, so, now, it’s more like how you should care for Type 1 diabetes. I see that she is not interested in reading more about diabetes, well, that is very natural,…[Read more]

  • Hello my name is Dan, I am trying to care for my long term partner, her name is Kyle.
    She has type 2 Diabetes, this is only one of her problems. In 2003 she had an infection on her leg called Necrotizing Fasciitis, this almost cost her her leg. A few years later her liver became infected. She does not have much of a liver left. She went to…[Read more]

  • Hello tapanga
    I read your quote and wished to respond. I am a social worker, who works in the diabetic field. From your quote it sounds as if you are very alone with your diabetes, which is a very difficult situation to be in when you live with diabetes. No one seems to be listening and understanding your situation.
    Two areas that may assist you…[Read more]

  • I have Type 2 Diabetes, I am looking for a support group emotionally. I have been turned down by my local Diabetes Center for controlling my Diabetes, I have neropathy in my arm and my feet. I don’t have a support group at home and all family members don’t believe when the doctor diagnosed me as Type 2 Diabetes 2 years ago. I have had the problem…[Read more]

  • Is your husband recently diagnosed? It sounds as though he may be finding it difficult to adjust to having the condition. Mine was for ages. Or could be he feels you are keeping too close an eye on him? Maybe he just wants to keep some control? Either way, it sounds like a good long chat is in order to clear the air. Joyce

  • My husband regularly checks his blood glucose levels but won’t let me know what the numbers are! This is so frustrating, because I’m the one who has to prepare his meals to try to keep everything on track. It’s making me feel resentful and shut out of his life. I don’t know what to do. Karen

  • One of the best ways my son learned self sufficiency with diabetes was a trip to diabetes camp. There he met kids his age and, more important boys that were older than him that were managing pretty much on their own. At that time he was 10-11. He’s 12 now and can’t be away from rep soccer for too long. I think he needs another refresher 😉 Lisa

  • I am working mother, trying to juggle a job and family commitments and having a child diagnosed with diabetes, I must admit, threw me for a loop. I didn’t know how I was going to cope and I was really frightened. I actually felt overwhelmed.

    What was really helpful to me was the wonderful support I got from the staff at our local hospital’s dia…[Read more]

  • I think that the earlier your child learns to take part in their diabetic treatment, the more confident they will feel. I have found it quite helpful the have my child be responsible for keeping track of her diabetic supplies. She is responsible for re-ordering her supplies when they are low. ( We had discussed what the minimum amounts of each…[Read more]

  • health replied to the topic Starting on insulin in the forum Medication 4 years, 4 months ago

    KF – you may be interested to read our article ‘Does insulin mean we’ve failed?’ in the Medication section of this website. DCC

  • health replied to the topic Starting on insulin in the forum Medication 4 years, 4 months ago

    No, we followed all the rules and still my wife had to go on insulin. Our doctor said it can happen over time with type 2. Sometimes the diabetes just progresses. Insulin isn’t as scary as it sounds. Once you get used to it you it can be a good solution. Peter

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