Caregivers need time for themselves too. Parents of children with diabetes should arrange for back-up or respite care for their child at least once a month to recharge their batteries, re-establish couple connections, and maintain their emotional balance.
Other ways to stay sane:
Stay supported. Seek out support from others in your area who understand. Your child's endocrinologist may have information on local support groups, or try your community hospital.
Don't do it all. If childcare has become time-intensive due to diabetes, get help with some of the non-essential tasks in life, such as cleaning the house and doing the yardwork.
Get involved. Helping out with fundraising efforts with your local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can give you an outlet to strike back at diabetes.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
Poached Fish with Pine Nut Sauce Pork Olé Salad with Roasted Pumpkin Seed Dressing Cucumber and Tomato Salad Simple Sensational Chocolate Cake Tangy Slaw Salad Brown Sugar Banana Bread Asian Roasted Vegetables Chutney Chicken Salad Low-Fat Curried Pot Roast Chicken a la Orange
When the Dexcom monitor flashed a warning that it was time to order a new transmitter, I figured I’d at least have a couple of weeks before it went kaput. So we numbed the back of Charlie’s arm for about 40 minutes, slapped the sensor on him and waited two hours for the warm-up period. And waited. And … waited. Unlike the signal spottiness we experienced occasionally when we were using the Medtronic CGM, the Dexcom...