When I was diagnosed 22 years ago (I was 10 years old), I wasn't hospitalized. My mother was a nurse and suspected T1 - she checked my sugar one day and it was high. My mom advocated for me to be treated at home. My endo was (and still is) great and went along with it. My mom would check my sugars around the clock and even call the endo at his home at 3am, if needed, to get direction.
When my sister was diagnosed (she was 12) 6 years later, she wasn't hospitalized either. The same endo did the same thing for her as he did for me. But I realized then we were an exceptional case and usually children had some contact with the hospital when diagnosed. I also realized how 'untraumatic' diagnosis became as a result of just being at home. I had no fear, I got to sleep in my own bed, and be with my family as usual.
I'm just wondering if other parents have experienced the same? I worry about my son possibly developing T1 in the future and what the options would be at that time. I hope that at-home treatment may become more the norm? Or is it still hospitalization?