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3/10/10 11:27 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Tink and I just joined sparkpeople a couple of days ago and figured I would joined a type 1 diabetes page as well because I AM ONE!

I've been diabetic for over 4 years now and doing pretty well I think. I am currently using an omni pod pump (tubeless and autmatic insertion) as well as a cgm by dexcom. I'm also keeping an eye on the solo micropump which looks like the best advancement technology has made for diabetes and pumping so far....

I'm a sophmore in college studying elementary education. I love kids and I can't wait to be a teacher. The funny thing is growing up (non diabetic) my 4th grade teacher who I loved and wanted to be just like her, she had type 1 diabetes and wore pump. Didn't really need to be just like her but... I guess God had other plans!

I'm not sad or depressed about having diabetes anymore. I feel special. I love teaching people about the disease because many do not understand it at all or they think they do and they are wrong. If I wasn't going to be a teacher I would become a diabetes educator. I'm a friendly and encouraging person and I'd love to get to know all of you! See you all around!!

Tink =)

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3/5/10 1:12 P

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Hi Lisa!
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I am a mom of two (that do not have diabetes) and a type 1 myself. I think joining this site is a great step towards helping your son. I was officially diagnosed at age 10, but we believe that I actually had it for a couple of years prior. We were finally sure with an 800 blood sugar, an experience with ketoneacidocis (spelling?) and a quick drive to the hospital. I do not know your son, but personally, I had a really hard time accepting all of the changes to a new lifestyle, especially when puberty was rearing its not so pretty head and so much of the thinking on diabetes was different back then. I would say the best thing to do is help him be PRO-active, he is in charge and learning to make good decisions for himself (don't all teenagers?) emoticon Life is very hard when everyone is always looking over your shoulder at everything you do and eat. If there is a way to make learning about diabetes more of an independent, man-in-charge-of-himself kind of process (and I do emphasize process), he might get it way quicker than I did. (Some days, I still don't have it). Also, find ways to reward yourselves (you need it too), preferably that are not in any way about food. Maybe too, find someone, other than immediate family that he can talk to. Keeping up on the lastest research can be encouraging. Lastly, on days that it all seems too much, I hold on to the belief that type 1 is going to be cured in MY lifetime and my job is to keep my body as healthy and strong as possible until that happens. Here is hoping that it happens way before he gets to college! emoticon
Be Strong!!!
Robin

You must be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi


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TOOTIEFRUITIE1's Photo TOOTIEFRUITIE1 Posts: 87
3/4/10 9:14 P

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My almost ten year old son has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed five years ago. Newly diagnosed is an overwhelming feeling. You tend to second guess yourself constantly. There is an adjustment period. And then you look at your life and say, I think I am getting used to this, and I can do it. I am always ready to help others as they go through this transition. Feel free to get in touch with me. Glad to help. emoticon

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3/4/10 9:14 P

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My almost ten year old son has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed five years ago. Newly diagnosed is an overwhelming feeling. You tend to second guess yourself constantly. There is an adjustment period. And then you look at your life and say, I think I am getting used to this, and I can do it. I am always ready to help others as they go through this transition. Feel free to get in touch with me. Glad to help. emoticon

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MIIFIT's Photo MIIFIT Posts: 70
8/26/09 2:56 P

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I will spark mail you right now with my contact info.
I don't mind at all.
You're right about the stability thing. These kids grow so fast and there are so many variables; it's a challenge all the time to keep those sugars under control. If your son has just been diagnosed, he may still be honeymooning--in which case, his pancreas is still producing random and unpredictable insulin, just to throw everything off even more....this is a tough time. It WILL get better.

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LIBRARYLISA7's Photo LIBRARYLISA7 Posts: 184
8/26/09 2:30 P

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Hi --

I'm an academic librarian at a mid-size private university. :-)

Thanks so much for your very positive reply. Overall we're doing OK, but I still feel just -- out of balance, I suppose. People keep asking if he's stable yet. Well, I don't know. His blood sugar was in the 60's the other day and then this morning it was 220. "Stable" is a very relative term.

I'll probably send you a private message with my personal contact information if you don't mind. I really appreciate your kindness!

lisa



All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. -- Julian of Norwich


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MIIFIT's Photo MIIFIT Posts: 70
8/25/09 10:59 P

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Hi Lisa
My son Aaron has Type One, diagnosed at the age of eleven, 3 1/2 years ago. I know exactly what you are going through--I don't even know where to start because I could go on forever! Please feel free to ask me anything. I check in here daily.
The one thing I do want you to know is that Aaron is happy and healthy and taking on more and more independence in dealing with this disease. He's a normal teenaged boy in every possible way. It's going to be ok.
Sending hugs and positive vibes!
(((( X X X ))))
PS What's with the library in your name? I am a librarian myself, in an elementary school.

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8/25/09 5:54 P

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Hi Lisa! Welcome to the team. I'm not a mom, but I am a type 1 myself. You are doing the right thing by counting carbs. It makes life a lot easier.
How is your son doing?

It will get easier once you have a pattern down, I promise!

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LIBRARYLISA7's Photo LIBRARYLISA7 Posts: 184
8/23/09 1:49 P

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Hi -- I hope I'm in the right place. My 12-year-old son was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and we're trying to get used to a new way of life. I joined SparkPeople primarily to have access to the nutritional information so we can make counting carbs easier. It would be great to hear from some other parents of kids with Type 1 so I can hear how you manage to stay organized and on top of things. This is all very new to us and although we're doing OK so far, I know that there are challenges that are ahead of us that we can't anticipate. Thanks!

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. -- Julian of Norwich


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