I think that it's impossible to tell Kaitlyn's diagnosis story without talking about her Aunt Jen. Helping Kaitlyn through the first stages after diagnosis was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do as a mom… and believe me, I didn't think anything could be worse than potty training! Anyway, it was in those first few weeks that I felt more support from our family than I ever dreamed possible, and Aunt Jen was especially there for us. In fact, the day we went to the hospital, she packed Kaitlyn the cutest little comfort bag with a brand new BarbieTM and a few other things that would help her get through the long day. She watched my other kids countless times so that I could take Kaitlyn to appointments and check‐ups. The first few days, she called several times every day to make sure everything was OK. Day and night, I had all kinds of questions, like...
"Jen, how many carbs do you give for a CutieTM orange?"
"Jen, how is she ever going to get a good night's sleep if I keep waking her up to check her all night?"
"Jen, what exactly do I need to keep track of in this diabetes log book?"
"Jen, she's running really high, do you think it's because of what she ate?"
"Jen, how am I going to help Kaitlyn get used to not snacking all the time?"
Through all of those questions, she was there, willing to help with anything I needed. Mostly, she was there to tell me that everything was going to be OK. What a blessing it was to have someone so close to our family who had experienced the exact same thing we were going through.
I love being able to have a friend to bounce ideas off of and to talk to about the frustrations and even the funny things our kids experience by having diabetes. And yes, I have to admit that when it comes to finding someone to help me watch Kaitlyn, it's pretty awesome to have someone available who knows as much or more than I do about caring for a diabetic kid! We have always had a great relationship as sister‐in‐laws, but the bond that we share now of being sister‐ in‐laws AND mothers of children who share the same disease, is something really special!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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