Hi all! Quick background. I am the mother of a little girl who was diagnosed with T1 last December at age 6. After the initial shock of the diagnosis wore off, I feel like we have all been managing this pretty well since then. My daughter is now 7 and is in the second grade. I guess it’s the age now, because lately she has been getting invited to more and more activities, parties, sleepovers, which most parents are expected to drop their child off at. I’m really struggling as a parent with all of this. Obviously, I am not going to drop her off anywhere until she is able to fully manage this by herself (currently she is doing a great job of checking her blood sugar but is not comfortable giving herself injections). Even then I’m not sure I feel good about leaving her with anyone who isn’t fully aware of the complications of T1 and trained in what to do should her sugar get low/high, etc.
Recently she was invited to a Halloween party her friend is hosting next weekend (which is a drop off party). When I told her I would be attending with her, I noticed she seemed a little embarrassed. This is the first time I’ve ever seen her have that kind of emotion. Suddenly, I find that I am really angry that she has to be different from everyone else (being the only girl who has to have her mom or dad go everywhere with her).
I am interested in hearing how other parents managed activities and social expectations of young children with diabetes. How did you manage it? At what age or maturity level did you begin allowing your child to go places without you? How did you communicate with other parents of friends, etc?