Ask ELISSA

Diabetic Living - - Your Kids -

I’ve al­ways man­aged my son’s di­a­betes but he’s about to move out. How can I make the tran­si­tion to self-man­age­ment easy on him?

Elissa says: It’s not as hard as you might think; if he’s old enough to move out, he’s old enough to man­age his own di­a­betes! Help him out by:

Stock­ing up on sup­plies When my sons moved out on their own, I made sure they had ev­ery­thing they needed first. So check he has enough sup­plies to tide him over, as well as the cor­rect equip­ment and back-ups. If he’s or­gan­ised, he’s more likely to man­age his di­a­betes cor­rectly.

Check­ing in For the first week, call him each day for a chat and ca­su­ally ask how his lev­els have been. Af­ter that, just check in once a week. This worked with my boys.

Trust­ing him – and your­self Keep in mind if your son is work­ing, or at uni/TAFE, he’s al­ready on his own most of the time. So trust you’ve es­tab­lished a solid rou­tine he can do on his own. He’s got this! ■ Elissa Re­nouf, owner of Di­a­bete-ezy and mum of four kids with type 1. Her range of con­ve­nient di­a­betes prod­ucts is avail­able at di­a­bete-ezy.com

Email your ques­tions to: di­a­bet­i­cliv­ing@paci­fic­mags.com.au

Post: Di­a­betic Liv­ing, Q&A: Health, GPO Box 7805, Sydney, NSW 2001.

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