I was diagnosed when I was 2 1/2 years old. That was 52 years ago. My best advice is don’t stress, difficult as that might seem.
Yes, diabetic supplies can be expensive. Check with your son’s insurance carrier to see what they cover. Quite often certain brands are preferred over others, cutting costs. Also, if the cost is a hardship for you, the manufactures often have programs to help, so contact them as well. There are several generic brands for test strips that are less expensive than the name brands, but I don’t believe that those are covered by insurance. So, compare the costs. Also, keep in mind that diabetes supplies are tax deductible as well.
You didn’t say whether the doctor is putting your son on shots or a pump. I know that a pump is pretty much the norm these days, so I’m guessing that’s what he’s on. If so, call the pump manufacturers too. I know that some of them offer payment plans, which might be an option for you. I know when I got my pump I waited until Dec. so that my deductible was met before I bought one. Talk to your son’s doctor, as well as your son, to see what will work best. If your son is against taking shots everyday then call the pump manufactures to see what they can do to help.
If you have any questions about his diet, exercise, etc please don’t hesitate to ask here! There are a lot of people with T1D and we are all willing to help answer questions!
Pam (T1D 52 years)