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6 Lessons I've Learned as the Parent of a Child With Diabetes

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My 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few months before her second birthday. Her diagnosis came after an E.

coli infection took over her body and shut down several organs, including her pancreas. The other organs recovered, but Mr. Pancreas did not. (How lazy of him!) In the first few years of her diagnosis, my daughter needed blood glucose checks via a finger prick about 10 times a day Then, she got a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that attaches to her arms or tummy, so now we can watch her blood sugar levels in real time — which is amazing technology.

After we figure out her blood sugar, we dose her for her next meal by giving her a shot of insulin. In the last few weeks, we have been test-driving a new insulin pump.

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