Meet my daughter.
She is seven and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween 2012. Like many kids with this incurable condition she is pretty amazing. After nine months of living with diabetes, she considers herself an expert but happily ranks me as novice in comparison. She wants to help kids who have just been diagnosed, I think she will do a sterling job.
Molly’s hints and tips for any kids who have just found out they are Type 1.
I promise you will feel better when you get out of hospital, this is not the end of the world. I felt so much better when I was home and not wetting the bed anymore, or going to the toilet all the time.
To the parents, it will be easier when you get used to it.
The first few days are hard as the injections hurt a little bit, but then when you get used to it it will be fine.
Hypos are caused by too much insulin. Hypos get worse the longer they go on, but you get to eat sweets to bring you up. I had a bad hypo the other day and had to have 25 sweets to bring me up. Mummy phoned up to help me as I was with my babysitter, then it all got sorted and it was fine.
Hyper is something what is not very nice, it is when your blood sugars are high and not low. It feels not very nice, like hypos, but if you work really hard at counting your carbs you can avoid hypers and hypos most of the time.
When I found I had diabetes it was terrible but now it is just part of me and not a big deal, it is just an injection. To anyone reading this in hospital, I hope you feel better soon.
Hopefully this video will show you how injections can just become part of life, like brushing your teeth every morning and night.