When my boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I brought all the info home from the hospital. I read what I was given and went from day to day learning along the way. We were given the book: Caring for Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. It was a great first book and taught us so much. That’s a year and a half ago and looking back it’s such a blur. I did do a couple of quick searches on the internet but it scared the bejeezus out of me so it was a long while until I looked again.
I don’t have diabetes: my son does but it lives in my home with him and I want to understand it as much as I can. He is a teenage boy and I can sometimes see the man he will become. It fills me with such pride. I love him and his brothers beyond words. I want them to be all they can be.
I hadn’t bought any other books related to Type 1 diabetes. I try to deal with issues as they arrive and not plan too far ahead. This is not my natural default setting. I’m a planner and an organiser but I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected.
A few months ago our Diabetes Educator recommended this ebook: A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe by Joe Solowiejczyk. I found everything I needed there. I love the embedded video clips. Most of all, I loved how empowered I felt as a parent when I read it. I am a strong parent and have always had rules for my boys but throwing Type 1 Diabetes into the mix had left me unsure and questioning myself. I love how Joe talks about teenagers. I am in total awe of him – he has taken on a rock star glow for me.