Feeling useless I started to at least sort out some resources to help in these early whirlwind days of adjusting to the new reality. Here are some things I found that might be of help to other families with kids:
Getting oriented -- information, support, help, and resources
Children with Diabetes: The online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes. Online support, tips and product information, etc.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International: Dedicated to finding a cure
Get your "newly diagnosed" kit with Rufus the Bear, find local chapters for support, how to help with fundraising, getting involved in clinical trials, up-to-date news on research toward finding a cure.
Diabetes Stinks: Tips and thoughts on living with diabetes at home and at school from 8 year old Bailey who was diagnosed at age 6.
Nick's Simple Wins - Nick Jonas of "The Jonas Brothers" teams up with Bayer Diabetes Care to fight diabetes. Read Nick's blog, enter contests, find product information.
Medical Identification Tags
- Low cost metal bracelets, necklaces, shoe tags that can be engraved
- Low cost zipper pull or keychain
- Super inexpensive tags for shoes, bracelets, zipper pulls, etc. and can be engraved. Cheap enough to stock up and put on everything and have spares for when others get lost!
- Low cost jelly wrist bands that come in lots of colors
- Low cost kids neoprene wrist bands in lots of different themes and colors suited for kids and teens
- See more options at http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/