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RE: [IPk] carbohydrate counting
re your daughter not doing injections at present... I just wanted to add my
bit to what the others have said - I got diabetes when I was 4, and started
doing my own injections aged 7 (I wanted to learn at home before my first
diabetic camp!). I think I did a fair amount of practising in oranges etc,
and the first one took about half an hour (watched by my teddy bear), while
I couldn't quite pluck up courage to put the needle in, but it was well
worth the persistence. Still a vivid, but not unpleasant memory 22 years
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in conjunction with Bayer,
provides teddy bears to newly diagnosed diabetics in some clinics now. They
have special pads on which to practise injections and blood tests... If this
might be an added inducement, see if your clinic know anything about them.
Let me know if you want to take this up and get stuck. I do think that
getting to grips with doing all that independently would be helpful before
contemplating a pump.
re the carb counting - we now know so much about how different carbohydrates
work that it must actually make learning about it seem more complicated in
some ways. I think it is easiest to grasp the concepts of actual
carbohydrate values first and then understand how they operate... It isn't
really that hard though - and you don't need to go on with all the weighing
and measuring once you have got your eye in, but you do need to do it at
first. The packets are useful but don't always give cooked weight which may
mean that to get an idea you have to cook pasta, rice etc in a separate
portion. The worst place for hidden carbohydrate is in soups I think! But
again they should have the info on the packet...
DM 25+ years, H-Tron 2 years.. and strong supporter of having a calculator
in the kitchen!
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