Well when it comes to diabetes, I am a beginner. My daughter was dx on June 12th, 2007. She is two years old and full of spunk! She is Type 1. Being a health and physical eduation teacher, I thought I knew alot about this disease. Boy was I wrong - I learn something new everyday. It is nice to have the support here!
My husband and I had an inkling that something was just not right a couple of days before her dx. She was drinking like there was no tomorrow and she would leak out of a diaper every hour. We made an appointment with her doctor. Her BG level was 428 and she had ketones in her urine. We spent 5 days in the hospital to rehydrate her, etc., and to education me and my husband. Those five days were the hardest. She had no idea what was going on. Why was she being poked? Why were mommy and daddy giving me shots? She would cry. I would cry. I still cry at night - I guess that is the worrying side of me.
Right now the Endocrinologist and his team tells me that our Olivia is in the "Honeymoon" stage. She gets very little insulin right now. I don't know how long that will last and neither do they. She gets 1 and 1/2 units of NPH in the Morning @ Breakfast and she get 1/2 a unit of Lantus @ bedtime and then she follows a sliding scale of Humalog @ Breakfast, Dinner, and Bedtime. Right now she gets no insulin @ Lunch time because all three are working then. I believe tomorrow they will probably change her NPH again because at lunch time her numbers are in the 70's.
I also struggle with eating time. It hasn't been a month yet since her dx, so I'm still learning and it's nice to learn from these forums what other people have done and are going through. I'm contantly on the www.calorieking.com website checking carbs!!
Our Olivia is pretty good about getting her BG checked. We change from her fingers to her toes every other day. She is also pretty good about her insulin shots, but constantly wants it done @ upper right arm! It takes a little convincing to do it anywhere else ----SOOO when she is sleeping I try to do it in her belly, etc.
We also have a 6 year old daughter, Gwen, who is doing okay with everything. She lets us pretend on her so Olivia is more willing. The whole family eats what Olivia eats - there is no making something else for the rest of the family. We all have to make do with this disease. Olivia still takes a nap during the day so Gwen knows that @ this time she can have a piece of candy,etc.
Right now my husband and I are the only ones who test BG, give injections, but our families are eager to learn.
I admit, at times, I feel a bit overwhelmed, but my sweet Olivia and I just try to take it day my day.