Planning is key if you're going to keep your child's diabetes under excellent control. Think about what your child will be exposed to in advance, and smooth the way. Consider doing dry runs to prepare for potentially difficult situations. Practicing how you'll handle situations before they arise makes it a lot easier to function when you're faced with the real thing. For example:
1 When it comes to food, you can eat at places you know, inform your hostess that your child has diabetes and help her to prepare something he can eat (if possible), bring the food for your child with diabetes, and/or check the fast-food recipes on the Internet. If you've been invited to a new restaurant, visit it in advance and simply read the menu. Carefully select the foods that will help your child to stay in control of his T1DM.
1 Plan for the times when your child's blood glucose is low. Have glucose tablets or any of the other treatments recommended in Chapter 4 available to bring the blood glucose up but not too high. An emergency glucagon kit is another valuable item to have on hand.
You may want to create checklists because remembering everything you have to do can be difficult. Have an eating-out checklist, a visiting-others checklist, a travel checklist, and so forth. You'll be so glad you did when you discover that you have the thing you need at that moment you need it.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.