Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 26, 2002
Question from Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA:
My six year old daughter, just diagnosed last week with type 1 diabetes, was terrified of needles before she went to the hospital, but now she seems to be eager to get the glucose test and shot. Of course she knows that the shot is going to keep her from being ill and feeling bad. Are there any behavioral signs to look for? Is this common behavior for a six year old? I am confused and worried.
It sounds as if your daughter’s doing great! You should all be very proud. Many children cope with the diagnosis and the daily diabetes demands quite well. Sometimes, the “novelty” wears off and children begin to express feelings of sadness, anger and frustration. These are quite normal. If your daughter feels this way, the most important thing to do is listen to her, let her know her feelings are normal and expected, and talk about things you all can do to help – as a family team.
You may be interested in reading the book: The Ten Keys to Helping Your Child Grow Up With Diabetes by Tim Wysocki, Ph.D. It has wonderful advice for families about helping children cope with and adapt to life with diabetes.