What was the impact of diagnosis?
Juliet: It has had a dramatic effect on our lives. I was a single parent and although my employers were generally very understanding I had to reduce my hours and income to care for David. I would wake up in the middle of the night worrying about how I was going to manage.
Juliet: As a parent the best thing is that there is a team of dietitians, doctors and nurses on hand to look after the children. I always leave David knowing he will have a great time and that I can truly relax.
Can you tell us three things you learnt from a Care Event?
David: That I am not the only one dealing with diabetes every day, tips and help for carb counting and more complex things to do with my pump and sensor like site changes and dual waves.
Juliet: I learnt a lot too. Like how to put his sensor on in a better way and tricks for carb counting when you don’t have scales.
How have the Care Events made a difference?
Juliet: You gave David more confidence which meant he was willing to try new infusion sites. More importantly he came back with renewed energy and a better attitude towards his diabetes because he felt less alone. Pump changes before have taken up to an hour with us both crying, there are far fewer emotional outbursts now. It’s made such a difference to our home life.
David: It’s easier to work out carbs when I am out and about. I feel more normal with other Type 1s around me which makes me feel like I am not the only one doing this every day.
What would you say to someone thinking about going on a Care Event?
David: Do it! You can get help with diabetes and it is fun.
Juliet: We would 100 per cent go another event. We would go every year if we could.