I’d like to introduce you to Amy of Mom of an Extra Sweet Insulin Challenged Girl.
Tell me something about your child.
My daughter, Emma is 6 years old and she is quite possibly the funniest, most caring, and insightful person I know. She makes me laugh all day long and I love her for that!
What is your child’s favorite 15 gram carb (or less) snack
Any kind of fruit!
How do you manage diabetes?
Emma is on Lantus and novorapid pens. We check BG’s and count carbs.
What do you know now that you wish you had known at diagnosis
I wish that I could go back in time and tell myself of the past that I really am strong enough to handle this. I would tell myself to trust my instincts above all else and believe in myself.
What has been the biggest challenge?
Sick days and getting her overnight BG’s to stay level. Lack of sleep is also a huge problem for me!
How do you and your husband maintain your relationship?
We have our struggles, but we try to communicate well. My husband also will get up with Emma on the weekends and manage all diabetes related things allowing me to sleep in as late as I want.
What have been your challenges sending your child to school? Triumphs?
Emma was diagnosed 2 months before starting kindergarten. Looking back now, I can’t believe I made it through that stressful time! Since then, her school has been amazing and super supportive. We have really lucked out!
What sports/activities does your child do and how does it work with diabetes?
Emma takes a 2 hour gymnastics class once a week. Thankfully there is a break in the middle where they all eat a snack which allows us to avoid lows and be able to check BG’s easier. She also takes a piano lesson once a week, which doesn’t seem to affect BG’s at all.
What vacations have you taken and how did you deal with diabetes?
My family is from Wisconsin and I live in Ontario. We travel once a year to go see them and I always bring double of what I would need for her supplies. No matter how hard I try though, it always seems like her BG’s are higher the whole time we are there.
How do you find time for yourself?
That is a big challenge for me. Usually my time for me isn’t until Emma is at school or in bed at night time.
What have you done to help your child become independent in their own care?
I have encouraged her to help count carbs and figure out her dosages based on her insulin to carb ratio. She has also given herself quite a few needles in her belly over the past 2 1/2 years.
What research organizations do you support and why?
We hold a hot chocolate sale every year to raise money for JDRF. We also participate in the Walk for a Cure and various other fundraisers throughout the year all supporting JDRF.
How do you deal with tough diabetes-related questions from your child?
It is difficult to say the least. I try to handle them as honestly as possible and give lots of hugs and reassurance.
How has diabetes affected you financially? Have you been successful in getting the insurance coverage you need?
My husband has excellent benefits through his union, so everything is covered.
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