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The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Juvenile Diabetes: Reassuring Advice for Managing Symptoms and Raising a Happy, Healthy Child

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As a parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes, you are faced with overwhelming, and sometimes frightening, questions like: Will my child be able to eat sweets again? How will I ever be able to let them go out on their own? What is the newest technology and how can it help my child? Is a cure really on the horizon? The Everything[Registered] Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps you cope with the challenges of helping your children live happy, healthy lives ...
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The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Juvenile Diabetes: Reassuring Advice for Managing Symptoms and Raising a Happy, Healthy Child

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Overview

As a parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes, you are faced with overwhelming, and sometimes frightening, questions like: Will my child be able to eat sweets again? How will I ever be able to let them go out on their own? What is the newest technology and how can it help my child? Is a cure really on the horizon? The Everything[Registered] Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps you cope with the challenges of helping your children live happy, healthy lives while controlling the disease.

This reassuring, easy-to-use guide features advice on: Adjusting to life with diabetes, Helping your children take control of their health, Monitoring diet and insulin levels, Handling emergencies, Finding support for you and your children. The Everything[Registered] Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps parents deal with the challenges you and your child face when living with diabetes-one day at a time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598692464
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 572,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Moira McCarthy is a well-known parent in the diabetes community. She is the national chairman of government advocacy of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and volunteers as a Bag of Hope delivery mom to newly diagnosed families. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Clara Barton Camp for Girls with Diabetes, one of the nation's oldest and best-known diabetes camps. An award-winning news reporter and magazine writer, Ms. McCarthy has appeared on CNN, many other national and local news programs, and twice on the front page of the New York Times. Her daughter Lauren has been a national spokesperson for diabetes. Ms. McCarthy lives in Plymouth, MA.

Jake Kushner, M.D., was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Morris White, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Harvard Medical School. He has worked as an instructor in medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and as a faculty member in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group and Cell Biology and Physiology Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Kushner lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     XIII
What Is Type I Diabetes?     1
The Physiology of Type 1 Diabetes     1
Signs and Symptoms     3
Type 1 Versus Type 2     5
Statistics and Type 1     7
Common Misperceptions and Truths     9
Treatment Options     11
Type 2 Diabetes and Children     13
The Physiology of Type 2 Diabetes     13
Why Type 2 Is Hard for a Kid     15
Taking Control of Type 2     16
Statistics     18
Treatment Options     19
Support for Type 2     21
Diagnosis Day     23
How It Happens     23
Where to Go and What to Expect     26
What Happens at the Hospital?     29
The Emotional Toll     31
How and What to Tell Your Friends     34
The Guts to Go Home     35
Bonding with Your Diabetes Team     37
The Pediatric Endocrinologist     37
The Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)     40
The Nutritionist     42
The Social Worker     44
How to Find a Good Match     45
Building a Positive Relationship     47
Letters, Numbers, and Other Diabetes Codes     51
DKA     51
Alc-It's Not as Easy as ABC     53
Breaking Down Daily Averages     55
Realistic Goals at All Ages     58
Good Numbers Versus Bad Numbers     59
The Numbers in Your Child's Future     61
Tools of the Trade     63
The Way It Used to Be     63
Today's Insulin Choices     65
How to Know What's Best for Your Child     67
Meters 101     69
Glucagon 101     71
New Devices: Today and on the Horizon     73
All about Pumps     77
What Is an Insulin Pump?     77
The Pros and Cons of Pumping     79
Ages and Pump Issues     82
Where to Begin     85
Cool Pump Tricks for Everyone     87
Saying No to Pumping     88
The First Weeks     89
Settling In     89
Organizing, Storing, and Toting the Supplies     90
How to Use Your Medical Team During the First Weeks     95
That First High Blood Sugar     97
That First Low Blood Sugar     99
Nighttime Checks: How Many and How Often?      100
Family Dynamics     103
Sibling Matters     103
Extended Family     107
Spouses and Sharing the Disease     110
Divorced Parents and Diabetes Planning     114
When Diabetes Strikes More Than One Child     116
School Time     119
The First Day Back     119
How, When, and What to Tell Other Students     122
Making the School Nurse Your Partner     124
504s and Other Long-Term Plans     126
When Your School Doesn't Have a Nurse     127
The Rest of the Team     129
When a School Won't Cooperate     130
Playtime     133
Around the Block Feels Like Around the World     133
Adjusting for Outside Days     136
Youth Sports and Diabetes     139
Safe Playgroups and Play Dates     141
Birthday Parties     143
The Beach, the Mountains, and the Wilderness     145
Support for Parents and Caregivers     149
Why Parents Need Support     149
Finding Support     151
Online Support     153
In-Person Support     155
Using Your Support     156
Becoming the Support Person     158
Support for Your Child     161
Kids Need Support Even More Than You     161
Where to Find Help     164
Diabetes Camps     166
Online Support     169
Publications     170
When Basic Support Isn't Enough     172
The Honeymoon Period     175
What Is the Honeymoon Period?     175
How to Cope     177
Hope and Denial     180
A Time to Learn and Explore     181
Can the Honeymoon Be Extended?     183
When It's Over     184
Independence and What It Means     187
Age-Appropriate Independence     187
The Slumber Party     190
High School Freedom     192
When to Say Goodbye to the School Nurse     194
Checking Meters, Asking Questions     196
Setting Your Child Free     197
Hitting the Wall: Kids and Burnout     199
Signs and Symptoms     199
Battling Burnout     202
When Nothing Works     205
Counseling: Finding the Best     205
Other Places Your Child Can Heal     207
The Age Question      208
Hitting the Wall: Parent / Caregiver Burnout     211
Signs and Symptoms     211
Avoiding Burnout     213
Battling Burnout     215
When Nothing Works     218
Counseling: When and Where?     219
How to Escape     221
Teen Issues     223
Attitude Changes     223
The "Cool" Factor     226
Driving     229
Alcohol     231
Sex and Other Traps     232
Recognizing a Cry for Help     234
Sick Day Management     237
Common Ailments and Diabetes     237
Cuts, Scrapes, and Breaks     239
Stomach Bugs and Treatment     241
Emergency Room Visits     243
Stocking Your Sick Day Cabinet     245
Other Long-Term Health Issues     247
Advocacy and Fundraising: Are They Right for You?     249
The Advocacy and Fundraising World     249
The American Diabetes Association (ADA)     251
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)     253
Other Big Names     255
Is Volunteering Right for You?     256
When It's Wrong     259
The Path to a Bright Future     261
Twenty-five Years Ago     261
Better Treatment Options Are Here     263
Cures on the Horizon     267
Complications     269
What You Can Do     271
Glossary     273
Top Diabetes Centers in Major Cities     276
Sample Log Sheet     280
Index     283
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