Today, I’m excited to share a special story about my 3 year old niece, Chloe. Earlier this year Chloe was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes also known as Juvenile Diabetes. Multiple times a day, she has to have her finger pricked to check her blood sugar and receive shots of insulin.
Chloe is so brave! She takes her shots and finger pricks like a champ!
Even at such a young age, she knows about her condition. In fact, when she went trick-or-treating this year, a woman handed her M&M’s, and Chloe told her, “Um, I can’t have that because of my blood sugar!” 🙂
My sister-in-law Hannah reads the nutrition labels on everything to figure out how many carbs Chloe is eating and then determines how much insulin is needed. It is a lot of work and number crunching. She never gets a day or meal off. At first it was A LOT to take in and figure out, but Hannah was determined to learn everything she could. Chloe’s life depends on it.
Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Chloe has had a few close calls at church when the children’s workers have given her sugary treats even though she wears a bright yellow sticker and a plastic bracelet informing the caregivers of her diabetes! Putting her in environments where she could potentially get too much sugar can be scary.
Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the Lord forever. For in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
|Chloe at church on Pirate Day, wearing her medical alert bracelet and a bright yellow sticker|
As a parent, Hannah will do anything for her daughter. One day at church, the children were having snow cones, and Chloe was going to be completely left out of the activity. Instead, Hannah bought a Diet Coke and told the children’s workers to pour the diet coke over the snow cone so that Chloe could have the treat too! It is amazing what Mommas think of for their kids!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and I am proud to share about my brave niece. This disease is something that she will have to deal with for the rest of her life. It was nothing that she ate or did to bring it on. It was simply the way God deigned her. Hannah has had a few people say hurtful things like, “What did you feed her?!” or ” I thought only old people got that.”
Truthfully, I did not know much about the disease either. I hope this post has given you some more information about Type 1 Diabetes and encouraged parents who have children with this disease.
If you work with children who have type 1 diabetes, here are some helpful tips.
Have an alternative to candy. Often good behavior is rewarded with candy or a sweet treat, but it is good to have an alternative such as stickers, pencils, erasers, ect.
Be conscience of any medical alerts. If you see a child with a medical bracelet or a medical alert sticker, read it BEFORE giving them anything to eat. Those alerts are meant to remind the caregivers and save lives.
Talk to the parents. If you are not sure whether or not the child can eat something, always ask the parents. Also if there is a special event that the child may not be able to participate in, let the parents know ahead of time so that they can be prepared.
Get proper training. If you work with children with diabetes on a regular basis, it is important to be informed and know what to do if the child has a blood sugar spike.
Are you or a loved one affected by Type 1 Diabetes? I’d loved to hear your additional thoughts!