Imagine that, in addition to everything you do for your children every day, you must also make countless decisions that make the difference between their life or death. This is what is for the parents of small children with type 1 diabetes – they literally keep their children alive every day and every night by the choices they make about the choice of food and insulin levels.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which pancreas does not produce insulin, which is necessary for glucose (what your body uses for energy) from blood to cell. In order to survive, people with type 1 diabetes require lifelong insulin therapy, including repeated daily blood sugar tests, constant monitoring of diet, and more.
One mother, whose eldest son, Ethan (on the picture above with a continuous monitor for glucose in her hand and a blue belt holding the insulin pump) was diagnosed in the age of 2, drove off to Facebook to share the reality of the "helpless rabies" management at the opening eyes in honor of the month of diabetes awareness.
Stephanie's position highlights many misconceptions and disagreements that people have with type 1 diabetes. The most striking is this: "Insulin is a lifelong support, not a medicine. Its devices help us, but we still have to be very alert and make countless decisions on a daily basis without the help Doctor. "
"As a parent, I often face the idea that I was labeled as a helicopter parent, or I was overworked or too overbearing," POPSUGAR said. "If I lose focus for just a moment, it's possible to make a difference between the fun of the moment of a game or a son who lies in an unsafe way on earth. It is a very serious illness which can be a short-term and deadly complication in the long term if you do not deal with caring care 24 hours a day . "
"Insulin is life support, not medicine".
Stephanie added that "there are many myths or assumptions that people make, often people offer food or treatment that they have heard about the treatment of the disease or think that feeding my child too much sugar has caused it. There is no remedy even though nutrition can help in its management, nothing What ate caused this disease. "
T1D affects about 1.25 million Americans, including Nick Jonas and former NFL's quarterback Jai Cutler. Although this is different, it is still often confused with type 2 diabetes, which is when it produces pancreas some insulin, but this is not enough for the body to be needed or if the cells of the body are resistant to it. Symptoms for T1D may look relatively sudden and include:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Moistening beds in children who are not wet bedding overnight
- Extreme hunger
- Unintentional weight loss
- Fatigue and nausea
- Irritability and other mood swings
- Blurred vision
Now, when her son is 5 years old, Stephanie has become "better in the course of day-to-day changes and flight decisions," but it did not necessarily become easier. For Ethan, it's "everything he's ever known," which makes him "very receptive to all the shows and treatments he receives every day." He says he has T1D: "I can still have fun!" Schooling helps Stephanie get Ethan's disease under control, but "inclusion is enormous for the T1D family!" She added: "If you're not sure how to help us get involved in an activity or a party, simply asking is really a big deal."
To learn more about T1D, visit the American Diabetes Association.
Image Source: Stephanie Chen