I invite you to read about Roselady, and then visit her blog Diapeepees. I’m tired just thinking about having five kids, let alone adding diabetes to the mix!
I’d like to introduce you to Roselady of Diapeepees.
Tell me something about your child.
Our son is 3, the middle child of five, and he’s sharp. He’s a people pleaser, but boy can he throw a tantrum. He’s got a picky palate, but has keen eyes and ears. He is phenomenal at Eye Spy and quick to grant a request that wasn’t even directed at him. Considering the competition that can occur in this household, he’s a great sharer. He both loves to be held and to be independent. And, he needs a little help with his speech, so our eldest has concocted a whole dictionary of his terminology. Hilarious, really.
What is your child’s favorite 15 gram carb (or less) snack
Graham Crackers, Goldfish, Cheese Sticks, Applesauce, Butter Cookies, Granola Bars
How do you manage diabetes?
We’re very new to diabetes, having received the diagnosis in November. We monitor blood sugars like crazy. Right now, we just inject the old-fashioned way. And, we use syringes, rather than the pens, because my son likes that they are in his body for five seconds versus 10. Now that I’m realizing what little doses of insulin he needs, I’m thinking about a pump — though, we want to hold off on that for a little while. We just received our Dexcom continuous monitor, and we’re still getting used to that technology. For now, I want to focus on one piece of diabetic equipment at a time.
What has been the biggest challenge?
Sleep. Trying to get it while still checking my son’s night-time numbers. Wondering if we’re checking too much.
Also, leaving the house. We have five kids, and two of those kids are 2 and 6 months. My diabetic son is 3. It’s winter. Before we leave, we need coats, and hats, and boots and gloves for all those kids. We need diapers and bottles and snacks and extra sets of clothes. And now we need our insulin, our syringes, our meter, etc., etc., etc. Plus, I’m scared to death his sugar is crashing while I’m driving!
How do you and your husband maintain your relationship?
Often, I take the lead on anything related to our house and family, because my husband works and I’m at home. Luckily, diabetes has become more of a shared responsibility. That happened immediately at diagnosis. We were both at the hospital. My husband stayed nights. We both attended the classes. And, we still both attend appointments. We also share the carb counting, injections and night-time checks.
What have been your challenges sending your child to school? Triumphs?
We are currently working on sending my son back to preschool. He only goes once a week, for a few hours. It provides intensive speech therapy, so we didn’t want to have to give it up — though the idea of him being away from me and under the supervision of others less familiar with diabetes still makes me nervous. Especially so soon into this diagnosis. We are hoping the Dexcom will help make the transition earlier. As far as he is concerned, he can’t wait to return. He’s really been missing his class.
Have you found a babysitter, and if so, how?
Babysitters: we sure used them before all this happened! Remember, we have five kids! It was kind of a blow when I first thought we would never go anywhere again. But, God answers prayers, doesn’t he? Right down the street we have a neighbor whose teenage son was diagnosed two years ago with diabetes. Not only do I have a great D-Mom to advise me, I also have a willing diabetic teen to babysit!
How has diabetes affected your other children?
So far, they’re having a lot of fun with it. I know that’s weird to say. Deep down, I know my oldest knows there can be some pretty bad complications; but, gosh, kids can make the best of anything. It has provided a breeding ground for creativity, in the form of stories, songs and games. If anything, it has given my son a little star quality around here. At this point, I wouldn’t say the other kids feel jilted by the diabetes. It’s just our new life.
How do you find time for yourself?
What have you done to help your child become independent in their own care?
Like a lot of 3-year-olds, he wants to do everything himself. So, he’s learning his own care routine. Of course, we still do most of it. But, he likes to help prepare his skin with alcohol. Pull out his test strip and put it in the meter. Check his number. Tell me if it’s high or low; if it means he needs to eat. I’m confident he’ll be doing this on his own in no time!
What research organizations do you support and why?
I’m not sure. I appreciate the support JDRF offers to families, but I don’t agree with their support of embryonic stem cell research.
How has diabetes affected you financially? Have you been successful in getting the insurance coverage you need?
So far, our prescriptions have been reasonable. I know that some of this cost needs to fall on us, and I think it’s been equitable. The hospitalization, however, even if equitable, was sure expensive! I’m just hoping we are not shelling out our $4,000 per person deductible every year as a result of the diabetes. Especially when flu season hits.
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