I have discussed before doing ‘due diligence’. Due diligence is making sure all aspects are checked thoroughly when dealing with our children’s diabetes. Whether it is a doctor, a management tool, a diabetes educator, or even a diabetes alert dog; make sure you ask a zillion questions.
Ask people in the diabetes online community (DOC)
There is so much information out there that we no longer ‘just have’ our spouse or partner to ask questions, but also the power of the DOC. It is this aspect that I find to be one of the strongest tool in our diabetes toolbox. If you need an opinion on something, you merely just have to post something online on the many various opportunities and people will be VERY WILLING to share their knowledge and experiences.
Now I am not saying that anyone should take the place of your medical team. But I have witnessed time and time again that people have said; “I was told XYZ, anyone out there have any experience with this?” BOOM….instant indformation.
There truly is really no reason, that with all of this readily available information, that anyone should ‘get caught behind the eight ball’. Back when Kaitlyn was first diagnosed, we had very few options to find out what we needed to know. The flood gates of information are now open and I cannot begin to stress how easy it is for anyone to find out what they need to know.
The electronic library of information and the electronic discussion room of opinion is open for anyone to ‘tap’ into. Again, due diligence is extremely important as not to get hear-say mixed up with what is fact; all information is right at your finger tips for practically anything one needs to know.
Also, do not fool yourself in thinking that your kids are not looking also. They are utilizing this expressway of information as well. Do not fear it. Harness it and use it for discussion and knowledge.
But in everything you seek—–seek it completely until you see the trend of information of truth that will give you the correct answer you seek.
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