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Old 07-10-2017, 15:36   #1
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Hi all,

A year after my diagnosis I am in the midst of trialling new things to work with my T1. I have trialled a CGM and am hoping to buy one soon and have just been told that I could be eligible for a pump in the near future.

While things seem to be finally lining up personally I am struggling to keep my adult family in the loop. They seemed ok while I am in control of injections (well most are but that is another story) but seem to struggle with the technology side.

Is there any information that I can give/ show adults that shows them about diet, keytones, BGLs etc without just handing them pamphlets or lecturing them? Has anyone else gone through this?

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I'll presume you're a teenager living at home. It's natural for them to want to be "kept in the loop". Chances are you know more about your diabetes than anyone else in your family...and it's as individual as each of us who have it.

How much to educate them? That's a good question. I don't think pointing them to sources of information is a good idea. A lot of the information out there isn't your friend. They'll want to argue what they've read...verses what works for you. The last thing they'll want to hear from you is Dr. Feelbetter is full of crap!

I've raised a couple kids. Whatever we'd talk about had its in-depths with me. Some things I had advice about...others I left alone for them to find their own path. Therein lies the rub. How much of a "loop" is really necessary?

I remember my daughter coming down for breakfast one morning, sitting down at the table and moaning, "Dad...I've got menstrual cramps!" As a father...of course I'm concerned. Can I do anything about it? No! So...I said, "One eggs or two, honey?" It probably wasn't what she was looking for...but at least it was on topic.

Good luck...

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Actually I am 35, single and a carer for my mum with cancer... I love the menstrual quote though! I dont want to appear like a teacher handing out information or lecturing them and I don't want to just give them a website to read. I do know that as I am living with them that them knowing is a good thing. Beyond that I am stuck.

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Sorry to hear about your mum. Kinda makes your diabetes pale in comparison.

Let's look at this "in the loop" thing and your mentioning the technology of it all. Is this in regards to MDIs verses this CGM/pump technology you're looking into?

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I spent 16 years trying to help care for my dad with diabetics, the only optical was him and his doctor. You really have your hands full, and I'm sure the stress is not helping your diabetics. IMO, I would explain as little as possible, and mostly be positive. I love people's opinions, cause everyone has one. You are on a good site, with lots of experience, and knowledge. Talk to people here, about issues and let your family know it's taken care of. Or if they can be the super supportive kind of family, (which I don't have) tell them everything, tell them your plan, and let them help you research. Tell them you want the website, or book and check it out if you have time.
I have friends totally against the low carb thing, they hate the high fat thing and think I'm going to die, they give their opinions on the no carb thing, and I just smile and say we are all going to die, I pickin my poison, what didn't work for my dad, is not going to work for me, I'm choosing a different path, and I feel good about it. Good luck hope things work out for the best.

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Sorry to hear about your mum. Kinda makes your diabetes pale in comparison.

Let's look at this "in the loop" thing and your mentioning the technology of it all. Is this in regards to MDIs verses this CGM/pump technology you're looking into?
yep. How do I tell them about CGM, pumps etc without lecturing?

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Try and simplify things or use analogies. You might say that a CGM and an insulin pump kind of work like a refrigerator does when you want to keep your beer cold. You put the beer in the refrigerator, go back a week later and it's still cold. During that week...that refrigerator has turned the compressor on and off at least 300 times to maintain that temperature. Mine runs for 14 minutes...then shuts off for 23 minutes. How does it know when to do that? It has a Constant Temperature Monitor.

Before your body started destroying its Beta cells that produce insulin...that's how your insulin production worked. Now...you have to do that manually with exogenous insulin...or use a little "tech" to give you a hand.

Maybe a Type 1 could explain this better.

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You can just boil it down to basics. CGM automatically takes a little blood periodically through the day to test. It's just like pricking your finger multiple times a day, but easier. The CGM lets the pump know what the result is. The pump gives you much smaller injections throughout the day based on the results of the CGM. So, if your blood sugar is higher, you get slightly more insulin. If your blood sugar is lower, you get less. Since it adjusts more often than you yourself would normally do, your blood sugar levels stay more normal.

What are the advantages? Your blood sugar stays more normal. For someone who is active, this is important. In addition, you somewhat reduce the medicalization of your illness - you don't have to go find a place to take your blood sugar and give yourself an injection all the time, interrupting your activities or conversations.

As to eating, YOU decide how you want to follow your diet and just tell them what your plan is.

Just remember that most people only take in small amounts of information, particularly when it doesn't DIRECTLY affect them. As time goes on, if they are interested, you can guide them to info, but chances are, they won't.

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