Finding a Silver Lining from DKA

Finding a Silver Lining from DKA

Finding the Silver Lining from Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Finding a Silver Lining from DKA

Diabetic Ketoacidosis at
Freshman Orientation Camp

In August 2015, our 18 year old Type 1 Diabetic son set off for his college freshman orientation camp.

He almost did not make it home alive.

DKA is a demon. It shows no mercy. It sneaks in on your bad days and is always waiting in the wings to grab you if you let your guard down.

Type 1 Diabetes and Sports

Tristan Edgar is a college student at
Texas Tech University in Texas. 

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)?

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus. Signs and symptoms may include vomitingabdominal paindeep gasping breathingincreased urination, weakness, confusion, and occasionally loss of consciousness. A person’s breath may develop a specific smell. Onset of symptoms is usually rapid. In some cases people may not realize they previously had diabetes.[1]

DKA happens most often in those with type 1 diabetes, but can also occur in those with other types of diabetes under certain circumstances. Triggers may include infection, not taking insulin correctly, stroke, and certain medications such as steroids.[1] DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids which produces acidic ketone bodies.[3] DKA is typically diagnosed when testing finds high blood sugarlow blood pH, and ketoacids in either the blood or urine.[1]

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetic_ketoacidosis

 

 

Dehydration plays a role

DKA snagged my son within the first day of his camp. A stomach bug and dehydration gave DKA an invite to join his plans. No, his blood sugar was not necessarily high. It is important to note that blood sugars do not always have to be high for diabetic ketoacidosis.

Dehydration can have a huge impact as well. Combined with a stomach virus, that was a cocktail that could not be beat.

College freshmen are adults

Yes. The camp knew he was diabetic. Yes. They had a full clinic onsite. But a clinic that does not recognize the signs of DKA can’t help. A teen who does not realize how quickly things can go seriously wrong creates a perfect storm.

It is also important to remember, teens going off to college are adults. Due to HIPAA, a clinic will not take the initiative to call the parents.

Too sick to be here…at the hospital!

Between 6-7 hours after he stepped into the camp clinic, they sent a camp counselor to drive him to the hospital. He was so sick at this point, he needed to be in ICU!

The hospital took one look at him and said “He is too sick to be here!” So they shipped him  five hours by ambulance to the medical center in Houston. Two full time attendants on him – a moving Intensive Care Unit on wheels.

Very lucky

Everybody got very lucky on this one. Our son, our family and the university. We dodged the DKA bullet. And we ALL learned something very valuable.

With the development of new technology such as CGMs and close parental management, it is possible to go many years without a DKA incident.

That is fantastic for our T1s. But… that also means we forget.

DKA can be deadly

Unless your teen has had a recent diabetic ketoacidosis incident, it is easy for a teen to head off to college not realizing how serious and deadly it can be. And it’s fast. Immediate response to DKA is critical.

DKA likes to loom behind simple illnesses. Knowing how to handle a sick day is important for teens.

You can learn more about a College Sick Day plan here. 

Teach your Teen the Signs of DKA

Headaches – Extreme Thirst – Frequent Urination
Fatigue & Weakness – Blurry Vision – Fruity Breath Odor
Rapid Deep Breathing –  Nausea & Vomiting
Pain in the abdomen – High Ketone Levels (blood/urine)

High Blood Glucose* – Dry/Flushed Skin

*BG does not always have to be high to develop ketones.
Dehydration and illness can impact DKA symptoms.

Remind your teen that these symptoms can also be mistaken for:
flu, virus, a stomach bug or strep throat.

Finding a silver lining

Our family tries to find the silver lining in the dark cloud of diabetes. We created Type 1 To Go Teen so we could share some of the challenges of T1D Teen years.

There are so many things to address before a teen leaves for college. DKA Awareness should be one of them.

Over the last year, I have spoken at many events. Parents and teens ask me what I think is the MOST important thing they should do to prepare to leave for college with diabetes.

My answer: Know the signs of DKA and have a Sick Day Plan.

DKA Awareness at the University

In addition to Type 1 To Go Teen, we have asked our son’s university to participate in the Beyond Type 1 DKA Campaign. University health services teams need to know the symptoms and seriousness of DKA.  They also need to be able to share that with their Type 1 students who are away from home for the first time.

We are losing too many young adults to DKA. That was almost us and we will never forget that. It was a great teachable opportunity for everyone involved.

Texas Tech University kicks off the Beyond Type 1 Type 1 Diabetes/DKA Campaign.

Texas Tech Health Services Team is “Guns Up” to promote
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness on their campuses!

A silver lining from my son’s DKA – Texas Tech University became the third Texas college to commit to the Beyond Type 1 DKA Awareness campaign. The Student Health Science center is a vital team player for our son’s well-being while he is at school.

I am super proud of Texas Tech University for increasing awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and DKA with their students.

Making friends at camp

Our son did not get to enjoy his college freshman orientation experience. Being in DKA prevented him from making new friends at the camp.

However, his friends made friends.  His friends introduced him to a sweet young girl from the camp the first week on campus.

They introduced him as “That kid who was in the hospital at camp”. She said “Oh, you’re that guy!” and he said “Yep, I’m THAT guy!”

And they have been together ever since!!!

Texas Tech Students support the Beyond Type 1 T1D/DKA Campaign

Tristan Edgar & Amanda Hodge met the first week at Texas Tech University.
They are excited to see Texas Tech increase Type 1 Diabetes awareness. 

That sweet girl has been a blessing to our family. Amanda is studying nursing and she keeps an eye on our Type 1 Diabetic son for us! She has even attended his endocrinology appointments with him. Our son adores her and so do we!

Now that’s truly finding a silver lining from DKA!!!

Written by Anne Imber
published on 7/12/2017 by www.Type1ToGo.com 

Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website www.Type1ToGo.com provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.

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Turning 18 for High School Seniors Presents a Medical Dilemma

Turning 18 for High School Seniors Presents a Medical Dilemma

Turning 18 for High School Seniors

An Important Reminder for Parents! 

Turning 18 for High School Seniors presents a medical dilemma. This is an important reminder for parents. Once your child turns 18, you no longer have access to their medical records and doctors. That magic number 18 shuts doors for parents still trying to assist their child when making medical decisions.

Managing a child with a chronic illness? Parents, add this to your List of Things To Do Senior Year.

Of course those same issues apply for ANY parent and teen.  If you have a High School Senior, it is important to review this before your teen leaves the nest.

Trust me! Two hospitals and a five hour ambulance ride with our 18 year old taught us how important it is!

Teens are not always ready

Life with Type 1 Diabetes  involves far too many medical appointments and hospital visits. Hundreds of medical decisions and appointments shared together with my kid.

Even when a “child” suddenly turns 18 and qualifies as an “adult”, they are not always ready to take on responsibility of all their medical decisions.

Speaking from experience

Within 24 hours of sending our Type 1 Diabetic son to his College Freshman Camp, we received a call from a college camp counselor that our son was being admitted to a hospital. He was in serious DKA from his diabetes. DKA can be deadly. It is so serious the hospital in that small Texas town could not handle him.

They were going to be shipping him out… anywhere…just some place capable of handling his potentially deadly condition.

Over 250 miles from home and the hospital was preparing to ship him out to another hospital within a 500 mile radius from us.

Scary.  We had not even been able to speak with our son. We just started driving…and hoped they would tell us where he was going.

At 18, he was officially an adult

At 18, he was officially an adult but he was still my child. And he was far too sick to be making any decisions for himself.

There is nothing worse than being in that situation and the hospital won’t let you speak to your child.  They won’t give you any information either. All because of the rules with HIPAA.

For any parent with a High School Senior, I highly recommend you read up on HIPAA. You and your teen are going to need to know this.

We were prepared

Thankfully, we were prepared for just this type of situation. We had a Medical Power of Attorney in place for our son so we could make decisions for him. It also gave the hospital the right to speak with us about his condition.

My son really did not want to get the bills from the hospital either! This also gave us the right to speak with the hospital regarding billing.

Having the appropriate legal documentation in place allowed us to still be involved with our son’s medical care.

HIPAA - LEARN MORE!

Every family needs to know this. 

Are YOU ready?

I know it’s so easy to get caught up with Graduation parties and decorating dorm rooms.  But this is one more thing you need to add to your List of Things To Do.

If you happen to have a child with a chronic health condition like we do, it is an absolute must. Type 1 To Go has a great Turning 18 page you can review for reference.

It applies to ALL teens turning 18, we just happen to have one who is Type 1 Diabetic.  If you know friends with graduating High School seniors, share this with them too.

Check out our Turning 18 Page!

A must read for parents of High School Seniors. 

Five hours by ambulance – a moving ICU

After driving two and a half hours to reach our son, the hospital decided to send our son to The Medical Center in Houston, Texas. It would be a five hour ambulance ride manned by two attendants in addition to a driver. A moving Intensive Care Unit.

By talking with us, the ER doctor decided Houston would be the best place for him. We are thankful for the smart and compassionate doctor who treated him in our absence with our input over the phone.

We were thankful we were able to tell the hospital that we had Medical Power of Attorney for our son so they would speak with us. We also have this documentation in an electronic format so we can easily share it with others in an emergency.

The billing

Since HIPAA impacts billing, my son was grateful that we could pay the two hospital visits and five hour ambulance ride. Without the proper documentation, we would not have been able to negotiate the bill on his behalf.

Oh yea, and if you have not already ordered an extra Health Savings Account card or Flex Spending Account card for your kid, you should get right on that.

We plan for the worst

Type 1 Diabetes teaches you to plan for the worst. We have had a rough ride with this brutal disease during our son’s teen years. Some close calls have taught us to always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Oh the stories we could tell…

We are just sharing what we learned so other parents can be prepared too.

Written by Anne Imber
published on 4/19/2017

Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website www.Type1ToGo.com provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.

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T1D Teachable Moments

T1D Teachable Moments

T1D Teachable Moments

Embracing the Positive with a Type 1 Diabetic Teen

T1D Teachable Moments. That’s what we call trying to remain positive during the chaotic years of raising a Type 1 Diabetic teenager. Parenting a teen with Type 1 Diabetes is an emotional roller coaster for both parties.

Is it the hormones?
Is this normal teen behavior? 
Is my teen self-managing well?
Is my teen being truthful?

So many questions, and the constant “fear” of knowing that failure is not an option.

 My son, Tristan, 3 months after
T1D diagnosis. He broke both arms
riding a bike!

Preparing for adulthood with diabetes

We do want them to grow up and ultimately leave the nest. Preparing for an adult life with T1D is the ultimate goal. It’s like taking the training wheels off their bike and letting them ride out of sight.  And if you’re my kid, you come back with two broken arms…

With diabetes, there will be stumbles that will send your heart to your throat and your stomach to the floor. In our case, a couple of serious DKAs and one seriously close call diabetic coma during the night.

We recognize that each and every day is truly a blessing. And yet, we still had to let our teen go out into the real world without us.

Trying to find the positive

Trying to find the positive in the situation is why our family started calling them T1D Teachable Moments. As a parent, it’s so easy to over react out of fear but I found myself saying to people We are so glad this happened while he is still at home.”

You may think  What??? Why would you be glad??…..

Simply answered… so we could learn from it.

We were glad that it gave us an opportunity for a discussion with our son. After the moment of crisis had passed, we would ask a series of questions to prompt our son to THINK. And we would ask him to get back with us at a set time to finish the discussion. Of course, we told him we would THINK about it too but we really wanted to know his perspective.

What’s your plan?

What do you think happened? Do you think you could have prevented this? What would you do differently?

And here is the important one, IF it happens again… what will you do?
Role play a little about options for solutions and seeking help when needed.

The goal was to get our son to realize that a negative diabetes event can (sometimes) be prevented in the future by exploring what happened in the past.

And if it happens again, what is your plan?

Teachable moment for all of us

We also have to recognize that doing a great job of managing our T1s can leave them vulnerable. For instance, my son missed the whole DKA diagnosis stage. Because of our help, he managed to stay out of DKA for over 4 years. His first experience with DKA happened when he was 16.

This time when we asked him “Why didn’t you tell us you were so sick?”  His response was very honest, “I did not know what DKA felt like.” Despite years of talking about it (and preventing it), he did not know what the signs were.

Now that was a T1D Teachable Moment for all of us!

Preparation for college

Since our son was diagnosed at age 12, I always felt “adulthood” with diabetes was looming at us. Empowering Tristan to manage himself was always our goal.

What we did not take into consideration was the burnout, peer pressure and typical “teen” behavior (ie. Independence seeking) that would come into play. As parents, we assumed he could handle it all because he had been doing it so well. But those stumbles were great learning experiences that have prepared him to be off at college on his own.

Tristan will continue to face the day in day out challenges of living with diabetes. We just pray that some of those teen stumbles better prepared him.

Finding the positive

I would not wish any of this on my son.  But we’ve tried to find the positive from some our experiences with T1.

I encourage your family, when possible, to step back and ask, can we learn from this together?

And you should know that I have already received that dreaded phone call from college.  The one where my T1  said, “I’m sick and I think I need help.”  Thankfully, we had a plan in place and many T1D Teachable moments to help him along the way.

Written by Anne Imber

Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website www.Type1ToGo.com provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.

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Confidence in your weakness by Brandon Green

Confidence in your weakness by Brandon Green

Learning to have 
confidence in your 
weakness! 

My little man Brody

So that’s my little man, Brody, in his headgear. Will he play football? Probably, but who knows and this helmet is not by choice.

Brody had surgery at 3 weeks to try and fix a condition called Craniosynostosis. Because of this condition he has had to wear this shaping/protective helmet for 1 1/2 years.

Brody Green son of Brandon Green

A painted helmet

With Brody’s condition, Kara (my wife) and I have had several conversations about people and their reaction to the helmet. You can see in the picture that the helmets above look like totally different helmets but they are in fact the same. Paula Strawn in Washington painted the helmet. We think it looks awesome!

When people suspect that something is wrong

What I think shocked us was the change in reaction that came with the “cool” looking helmet. When Brody was in the white, medical looking helmet it was amazing how people would avoid and/or ignore Brody. Having 2 other kids, you go through the Goo’s and Gaa’s stages when people come up to look at your baby. “Oh he is so cute” or “she’s adorable ”. People normally flock to babies; they want to talk about them! People even give you great compliments of how beautiful they are!

But when people suspect that something is wrong…. all of a sudden, your child doesn’t exist.

So this blog isn’t just about having Diabetes

I’ve heard this from many people with disabilities, not just those of us living with Type One Diabetes. The worst thing about having a disability is being ignored by those who pass you by. I truly think that most people don’t mean to be unkind. It’s just when they are confronting something “different”, they try not to offend or say the wrong thing.

But, and this comes from someone who lives everyday with a disability, they actually drive us into a world where things are moving all around us but we are not perceived to be a part of it…

Learning to HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WEAKNESS

Everyone has different weaknesses, and some are much more serious than others. I’ve learned that when you have CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WEAKNESS, people respond differently. I would even go so far as to say they respond in very positive ways. And in that moment, those affected will sometimes see the possible “positive seeds” of their issue get just enough sunlight to sprout and start to grow. This has been the case in my life.

Honestly, on the scale of “bad” things that can happen to you in life, Type One Diabetes doesn’t even make the top 5.

Don’t get me wrong, T1D is still a bummer!

Most people slow down the conversation when they find out I’m a T1D. You can literally see their minds spinning. I get it; they are hoping to find a quick topic to talk about that won’t offend me. My best friends are different though. They talk about it, laugh about it, and even mock the disease at times. Living with diabetes and the seriousness of it, I find their lighthearted approach actually very comforting. It reminds me I’m just one of the guys! They make me feel that there is nothing about “this disability” that keeps me “outside the circle” of my friends.

Instead, good friends let me live my life just like a “normal” person (Imagine!?).

The truth is everyone has “something”…

The truth is everyone has something that they think takes them out of the “normal” category. How we approach the challenge decides whether or not the “positive” aspects can surface.

Do we have to like our ailments? NO!

Do we have to be glad we have them? Of course not!

But with diseases like diabetes that don’t have a cure (for now), why not embrace them as being part of who you are? Put a little spice (or in my case, humor) on it and grill it up.

“Confidence” is not easily offended

First, I find it helps you cope with the problem. Even better, it opens the door for friends and family to share in the experience with you. They can ask questions because “confidence” is not easily offended. They can laugh at the funny situations and ironies, because “confidence” can easily see the lighter side of life. And you know that you are not battling the issue alone. No longer living in a world where things are moving all around us that we are not a part of.

Instead, you are part of a community of love and support…and I believe this is how life is supposed to be lived.

Do I love diabetes? No…but I’m not going to stop loving life because of it!

Written by Brandon Green
Published on www.type1togo.com
2/9/2017

Brandon Green was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10. He has played a multitude of sports throughout High School. He has a degree in Kinesiology from Rice University where he played football throughout college. Brandon played in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and ended his career with the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to playing sports at all levels, Brandon has coached Middle School and High School sports. For athletics and diabetes, he brings a complete perspective from player to coach.

An avid spokesman for Type 1 Diabetes, Brandon Green is a motivational speaker encouraging children and families living with diabetes. In addition to his professional career with Sundance Memory Care, he blogs and provides support for www.Type1ToGo.com. For more information on Brandon Green, please visit his page here.

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Psychological Side of T1D with Dr. Barbara Anderson

Psychological Side of T1D with Dr. Barbara Anderson

Psychological Side of T1D Audience

Families of Type 1 Diabetic Children
came from all over the Houston area
to hear  Dr. Barbara Anderson speak about
the Psychological Side of T1D.

Dr. Anderson is known worldwide for her
expertise in diabetes psychological support.


Psychological Side of T1D


An important tool in diabetes management

The Psychological Side of T1D is one of the most challenging but often overlooked aspects of diabetes care. During Diabetes Awareness Month, Type 1 “To Go”  sponsored an event with Cy Fair Type One Connection“The Psychological Side of T1D” presented by Dr. Barbara Anderson.

Dr. Anderson, Professor, Pediatrics-Psychology with Baylor College of Medicine, has over 25 years of clinical and research work with diabetic children and their families. She currently practices at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas which has one of the leading endocrinology departments in the United States.

Family Team

Event attendance was incredible. It reflected the support families are seeking regarding the psychological impact of Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. Anderson elaborated on the need for two teams – the Health Care Team and the Family Team. It was interesting to hear that behavior is the foundation of diabetes care for both the Diabetic and the Family Team.  Diabetes is demanding. And the demand takes a toll with frustration, conflicts and exhaustion. 

Diabetes Burnout and Miscarried Helping 

To briefly summarize the event, Dr. Anderson addressed two important issues encountered by families with Type 1 Diabetic children – diabetes Burnout and Miscarried Helping. Both of these issues can impact interactions and family dynamics. 

The first topic, Burnout, is actually a common occurrence in adolescents and teens who are dealing with a chronic illness. It can often be mistaken for “Teen Rebellion” or “Risk Taking” and can be quite overwhelming for families.   Thankfully, Dr. Anderson pointed out some clues to help identify Burnout.  Following the signs and increasing support from various sources were just a few of her helpful suggestions. 

It was also the first time many families heard the second topic, Miscarried Helping.  It was new terminology but most of us had lived it. The emotional investment in being a care giver can result in losing sight of the original illness-related problem.  The cycle of Miscarried Helping can lead to worry and fear from parents and discouragement for the T1D.  Though well intended,  Miscarried Helping can often lead to a power struggle between Authority vs. Autonomy. It is a situation where everyone involved can feel overwhelmed and stressed. 

Just those two issues alone can represent the frustration and exhaustion that goes along with Type 1 Diabetes management.  Dr. Anderson reminded the families that we are not alone and offered some further encouragement through Diabetes CPR

Diabetes CPR

C = Communicate
P = Problem Solve
R = Realistic Diabetes Goals

C for Communication offers families a chance to step back and ask “What is going well?”.  When things seem to be out of control, it is always important to address “What is going right?”.  Taking a moment to address what is going well can put a positive spin on the situation. 

P for Problem Solve poses the questions “What are the barriers?” and “Which of these barriers can be modified?” So much of diabetes is out of your control.  By reviewing and modifying what is within your control, the Diabetic and the Family Team can come up with some solutions together. 

R represents setting Realistic Diabetes Goals.  Not all BG readings can be explained or controlled.  And yet, parents often feel 100% responsible for something that is not in their control.  “Perfect” is not achievable, so be realistic with expectations.

 And the best advice of all, reward the behavior not the BG number.  Sustained effort in management is the goal. 

Diabetes Standard of Care

Psychological support can be an important tool in managing Type 1 Diabetes.  We were grateful to hear Dr. Anderson’s perspective and support for families. Her words were encouraging and enlightening for those in attendance. 

Psychological support is part of the 2017 Diabetes Standard of Care. Incorporating psychological support into a family’s care program is essential when raising a child with diabetes. Utilizing the expertise of a professional who specializes in chronic care conditions, can provide your child with additional tools and resources for living a life with diabetes. 

Although T1TG focuses on the non-medical issues, it was a wonderful opportunity to partner with Cy Fair Type One Connection in bringing Dr. Anderson to so many families. Cy Fair Type One, a school advocacy and support group, offers educational programs to families of Type 1 Diabetics in Cypress, Texas. 

Life for a Child

Please read Dr. Anderson’s blog this month from Texas Children’s Hospital “A global perspective on diabetes in youth”.  In her blog, she mentions Life for Child that she discussed during our event. We encourage you to visit the Life for a Child website this Diabetes Awareness Month to be a part of saving the lives of children in the developing world.

Written by Anne Imber
Published on www.type1togo.com

Original publish date 11/18/2016
Revised: June 2017

This blog was written with Dr. Anderson’s permission. 

Anne Imber is the mom to a Type 1 Diabetic son diagnosed in 2009. As the Founder of Type 1 To Go Teen, Anne shares her experiences with other Type 1 families regarding many of the non-medical issues that Type 1 Diabetic Teens face. The website www.Type1ToGo.com provides support materials from her presentations. Anne is also the Co-Founder of Cy Fair Type One Connection, a T1 School Advocacy & Support Group for one of the largest school districts in Texas.

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Going to College with Type 1 Diabetes

Going to College with Type 1 Diabetes

A Mother's Prayer by Anne Imber
College with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetic, Tristan Edgar with college girlfriend
Amanda Hodge. They met the first week of school
Freshman year at Texas Tech University.


 

Going to College with Type 1 Diabetes

A Mother’s prayer by Anne Imber

Going to college with Type 1 Diabetes can be a challenge for a teen. It’s hard enough to let any teen leave home for the first time but for a parent of a Type 1 teen, well, there are no words to express that fear.

I Pray

People ask me how I could possibly let Tristan go off to college with Type 1 Diabetes. They knew the teen years with Type 1 had been very tough. He was even in the hospital in DKA the week before we drove him up to college. It’s simple. I pray.

The pit in my stomach would not go away during his senior year of High School. So in April I turned it over to God. And I prayed. I prayed that he would have a supportive roommate that would watch over him when we couldn’t. That was my prayer. Not too much to ask… I hoped.

Move-in date arrived and we dropped Tristan off in his half-empty dorm room. No roommate had arrived. It was heart wrenching. But I continued to pray. And still no roommate showed up into the first several weeks of school.

Prayers Answered

But one day, shortly after the first day of class, Tristan called me to share his news. He met a sweet girl from a small town in Texas. And she was a nursing student. That first year of college, Amanda was a huge blessing to Tristan with his diabetes.

So yes, I prayed and my prayer was not answered…exactly. But God answered my prayer in better ways than I could have imagined.

I pray that you and your family will find Type 1 “To Go” helpful. Tristan who had once been so private with his diabetes gave me his blessing to share his struggles.  The Teen years with Type 1 were very tough and he wanted to help others with our story. And yes, it’s our story because we lived it as a family.

Our mission is to share what we learned on our journey and to help you on yours!

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