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What to Do When Your Kids Have Diabetes

Have you just found out that one of your children has diabetes?  The news can come as shock for any parent but it takes on an almost surreal nature when it is one of your kids.  After all, you’ve done everything right but they still ended up diabetic.

Beyond blaming yourself there is also the fear of how to help your child manage a condition that that will need to deal with for the rest of their lives.  Maybe is it worries about how to properly use Ketone test strips or maybe it is how to better manage your family’s eating habits – it can all seem a bit overwhelming.  With that in mind, here are some tips on what to do when your kids have diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

For starters, let’s look at what is diabetes and how living with it can impact one’s life.   The condition known as diabetes happens when the pancreas cannot manufacture adequate levels of insulin needed to transform sugars into energy.  This can be a problem as sugars build up in the system with nowhere to go.

In order to manage this condition, one will need to monitor their blood sugar level and well as getting doses of insulin either by shot or through a pump.  While this can be a tedious process – especially when a child is involved – it is needed to make sure the body can balance itself out.

One important thing to know is that there is no ‘cure’ for diabetes as it is not a disease, rather it is a condition.  Some researchers have explored the link between diet and exercise and diabetes, but even then, the research groups have been relatively small and might not apply to the type of diabetes your child has.

As such, a child with Type 1 Diabetes will probably need to get used to being constantly poked and prodded. For parents, this means learning you to alleviate a child’s fear of needles and blood.  Sure, it is on a pin-prick but it can still be hard for a young child to cope with this.  Some tips include using ice or a numbing cream on the skin, sight or sound diversions, or even potential rewards as motivations.

It’s Normal to Worry

As a parent with a diabetic child, it is normal to have some worries.  These can include blaming yourself or looking at environmental factors.  While this is natural, you don’t want to dwell on this for too long as the reality is that there was probably nothing you could do – especially when the child has Type 1 diabetes.

Instead, you want to focus your energy on learning on diabetes.  This can include learning about the impacts of the condition, what diet and lifestyle hacks can help to improve your child’s outlook, and importantly what treatments are most effective and why.

Healthy Living

As you go through your learning journey, one thing that is bound to come up is the concept of healthy living.  This can extend to making over the diet of your entire family, including becoming more discerning about what to eat when you eat out, and finally looking at exercise – especially what can be done as a family.

While this might be a welcome step – after all, most parents probably want to increase their fitness levels.  However, it can be a bit stressful for other children who might not understand why they can’t have ice cream all the time.  As such, you’ll want to look at ways to make healthy living fun for everyone.  This can include adding in some rewards along the way.

Get Support

Living with diabetes can be a lot, even when you are an adult.  But when it comes to having a diabetic child, you will want to increase the size of your support network.  It could be as simple as finding other parents in your area going through the same thing or to get online to see what is out there for parents.

This could include reaching to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, now known as the JDRF, and the American Diabetes Association.  Both organizations offer a bevy of support tools for the parents of diabetic children.  In addition, there is no shortage of books on the subject, though you might want to talk to other parents or check out the reading lists offered by national organizations as you start your journey.

Having a child with diabetes might seem overwhelming at first but it is not the end of the world.  Instead, the keys are to increase your understanding about the condition, focus on healthy living, and increasing your support network.

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Helpful Ideas for Writing an Obituary

Writing an obituary can be a very challenging task. Its purpose is to announce the death of a loved one and to honor them. It is a way that the loved one’s passions and achievements can be celebrated.

In most cases, an obituary is going to have five sections. The first section is the announcement of the death of the loved one. The second part is biographical information. The third part is a list of information that includes information about surviving family members. The fourth part is information about scheduled ceremonies. This will include where the funeral or memorial will be held, like family owned funeral homes Brookfield IL. The fifth part contains contributions.

You need to make arrangements for the obituary to be printed in a local paper. In some cases, a printed obituary will be offered as part of a funeral package from a local funeral home. If this is not the case, there is some basic information that you should obtain from the local newspaper. You want to know how much it will cost to have an obituary printed. You need to know the deadline and when the obituary will be printed.

You can get ideas by reading other obituaries in the local paper. This will give you a sense of what obituaries typically look like. Then you can get an idea of which style you prefer.

It is good to start with a basic list about the deceased. This would include their full name, birth date, age, residence, family member’s names, and details about the funeral, wake, and memorial service.

Then you can write down additional information. This would include things like the names of the person’s parents. You might want to write down where the person was born and places they have lived. Write down their personality traits. You may want to include information about the way the person died. It is important to use discretion in this area. All of these things will help you draw up a basic rough draft that can be used to make the final obituary.

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Every Rest Day!

I am always looking forward for my rest day because I get to bond with my kids. I even hoped that my rest day would always be the same day wherein they will do their Kumon so then after their session we will be able to go to the mall or go to the night market and eat barbecue. You see, my kids and I are just so shallow, you will treat us in a barbecue stand and we are already happy.

One time, when they were already finished with their Kumon, we only supposed to go to Roxas street to wait for a Jeepney. Roxas is known where you can find cheap meals, cheap clothes, cheap massage. You  have so many things to choose from. When we passed by at the night market, my kids felt hungry all so sudden, and since their meal is so affordable even though don’t have much money that time, we were able to buy meal for us three.

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Hiatus Again!

I know I already promised to update my blogs if not daily at least twice a week, and I promised to do blog hopping everyday but whenever my blogs are down, I could not help but to feel down too. I know it’s not all my blogs are affected but even so I feel like losing my interests. Good thing that my host helped me to have this one up again. Don’t get me wrong, this blog has been up for a long time now since it was down but I just don’t have the energy yet, plus I don’t have home topics I can share to you guys. I am looking for one though, so anyway the car is still not fixed, I already bought the cylinder head block but 2 parts needs to purchase yet before my mechanic can assemble the engine. I could not call them yet to buy the parts because my fund is not enough already. I have to enroll Faith yet to her new school before I can take care of the car parts that we need to buy and mind you the enrollment is no joke at all. But I am not discouraged, I have to work hard, I know I can take a breath in the end of this tunnel; I just have to trust myself that I can.

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