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Re: [IP] Re: lows at night & being a kid with diabetes

Hi Cindy, I am a mother to two sons and myself who are diabetic. I had never
heard of it( Diabetes) in our family before my first born child was
diagnosed, b y mself.   I was living on Abaco,Bahama.  My husband was in
Toledo Oh. on business  Mike was 8yrs. old and he took care of injections
from the very beginning. He eventually went off to college at Mi. State. I
remember seeing him go for his orientation and can still see the picture in
my mind , watching him go off. He is now in his fourties and I still worry
about him having lows at night. You never really get over that, especially
when they might have had even one problem in many yrs. I also have another
son with diabetes only a yr youger than Mike.and he has had some problems
with diabetes. I'm sorry if I'm being a whiner. I'm getting a lot of comfort
in knowing that other people can handle this . It helps me. I forgot, I have
been a diabetic since 1972 and I'm doing much better than I have ever done
with my BS. I all it all to constant new information. In the sixties , it
was like  living in the dark ages, it really was. Take care, LOL Naomi

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From: Kress Family <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Saturday, November 01, 2003 5:32 PM
Subject: [IP] Re: lows at night & being a kid with diabetes

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>>>Tina Heubeck posted:
>I had pretty much the same experience with my parents and firmly believe
>that you have to learn to take care of the things yourself. I would even
>go as far as saying the sooner the better. I was diagnosed at age 11 and
>my parents got the basic instructions but that was about it. It was
>pretty clear from the start that they would support me but it was my
>responsibility to give myself shots and measure my bgsnip<<
>Hi Tina,
>Somehow Noah not waking up from his lows during the night got turned
>into people assuming he is not handling his diabetes responsibly.
>That isn't the case.  He was diagnosed at age nine and, while still
>in the hospital, insisted that he give himself his injections.  His
>dad and I did one each, because it was required, before they would
>discharge him.  That is the one and only time we have given him an
>injection.  Noah won "guess the carbs" competition as a first time
>diabetes camper when he was 10 for coming closet to exact number of
>carbs in breakfast, lunch and dinner meals over the course of his
>week's stay.  He was the youngest competitor in the 9-12 year old
>group but knew more about carb counting than the other campers.  The
>staff was impressed.  He was chosen to participate in a diabetes
>awareness campaign in a neighboring town via radio, tv, magazines,
>and newspapers when he was 12 because of his maturity in dealing
>with, and knowledge of, his disease.  He likes to be in control...not
>just with his diabetes, but with all aspects of his life (except
>getting up in the mornings).  The only diabetes-related thing we have
>a problem with is his nighttime lows, which are infrequent, but do
>happen from time to time.  I will continue to test him at night until
>we figure out another solution.  As I said, I think we'll have to
>adjust his late night eating habits.  As for the getting up on his
>own in the morning....that isn't diabetes-related, but is a MAJOR
>PROBLEM!  : )  I think when he is away from home and can't rely on
>mom and dad to be his back-up alarm, he'll adjust.  We have almost a
>year to find a "wake-up" method that will work for him.
>Cindy, mom to 17 y/o Noah
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