Much has been written about diabetes burnout in adult literature. Adults with diabetes become tired of all the work that must be done to care for their condition (I am now referring to adult onset or type 2 diabetes, which affects over 90 percent of the diabetes population). However, today, I feel compelled to discuss the overwhelming burden that is carried by families with children diagnosed with type 1 (and 2) diabetes.
In the beginning, after the initial diagnosis, I see that the families are in a state of shock. Their once totally normal kid now has a chronic disease with no current cure. After receiving the initial diabetes education including survival skills (how to give insulin, check blood sugars and treat hypoglycemia etc.) and a concepts class (why you are doing everything in survival skills- pathophysiology, nutritional information, psychology support, etc.), families begin adjusting to the diagnosis.
After the caregivers and child/adolescent realize that they actually can manage the condition, I see their relief – insofar that the child/adolescent can go back to school and participate in usual activities with the caveat that they must check blood sugars, inject insulin in school, etc.
Not a fleeting illness
However, this process is scary with fears of going low, mak