Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What is it like ...

to be the father of a Type 1 Diabetic?

I asked and they answered, Our next interviewee is Marc, Marc is the father of a 6 year old T1D. I bet some of you out there can understand Marc's views.

Q: Your First Name 
A: Marc

Q: How long has your child been a Type 1 Diabetic? 
A: 1039 days
Q: How old is your child? 
A: 6 (7 in Sept.... 16 days after his 3rd anniversary)
Q: For the management of your child’s Type 1 Diabetes are they on an insulin pump (If on pump which one) or multiple daily injections? 
A: Medtronic pump

Q: What made you choose this method for management? 
A: We wanted the best possible control for the benefit of long term health and avoidance of complications

Q: How confident are you with managing your child’s diabetes? 
A: I am about as confident as I can be. We just do our best and hope for the best.

Q: What does a typical day look like in your household in regards to diabetes management? 
A: We don't believe in "typical", every day has a challenge, but if there is a constant it's that we roll with the punches and deal with whatever comes up

Q: What does a typical day’s diet look like? 
A: Pretty regular. if anything, type 1 has driven us to eat healthy like any family should. we don't refuse anything, we just try to take it in moderation like anyone should
Q: Besides a cure what 1 thing would you like to see researchers working towards and why? 
A: Smart insulin.... even if we have to inject/pump I want Jr. to live a long, healthy, happy life.

Q: What tips or advice would you give to other parents of newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic children/teens? A: Don't give up. it is horrible and it seems impossible to deal with, but you will find a new "normal", it will be ok, you are not alone, and even if that sounds like a cliche - it is true.

Q: What would you like to see more of out of the Diabetes Online Community? 
A: It's all good, keep it coming

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Diabetes Online Community and why? 
A: Even though, most of us don't know each other offline, we understand each other better than most others do.

Q: What is your least favorite thing about the Diabetes Online Community and why? 
A: There is unnecessary drama, not much, but it does come up and any is too much - it's not needed

Q: What 1 thing would you like to see discussed in the Diabetes Online Community that is not discussed enough? 
A: Not sure how to answer this. I think most people I've come across are pretty open and most topics I can think of are covered. I'm just glad there is such a diverse group of people who are open and willing to connect with perfect strangers to support each other and help make things better for the ones we love.

Keep checking back for more :)

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