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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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What should they tell you at diagnosis?

Scott Benner

I was recently asked, "name one thing that you wish someone would have told you the day Arden was diagnosed with diabetes?" I thought about it and almost said that it would have been nice to know how unpredictable things would be.

but after serious consideration... I said,

"I wish someone would have introduced me to Twitter". I found the diabetes online community by mistake. Actually, I didn't know it existed even after I published Arden's Day - I was amazingly and embarrassingly unaware. I never Googled "diabetes", "type I" or the search that I see most now - "my child was just diagnosed with diabetes". I've said this before but there was a small amount of time when I believed that my blog was one of a kind - which of course it is/was not.

I sort of backed into Twitter. I (very honestly) originally joined because I thought that it would help this website find a larger audience. Very soon I realized that it was much more! I began to meet so many great people and communicating with them was very organic. It takes a lot for someone to email you through your website but sending a tweet isn't so daunting. Meeting more people brought new management ideas, more comfort and reinforced the notion that I wasn't alone.

A few weeks after I joined Twitter Arden's BG was unsteady at bedtime so I was sitting up and waiting for it to stabilize. Before I knew what happened it was after 3 am - I was falling to sleep... so in an effort to stay awake I opened Twitter. A quick swipe of my finger showed me that another D-parent was awake and doing the same thing. We chatted for a few minutes and my anxiety melted away. I was still exhausted but I no longer felt isolated.

I think that somewhere between being taught how to give an injection and carb counting class, the hospital should have a social media person drop by and explain why the kids are calling the number sign a hashtag.

My next few posts will center around social media and the great things that it has brought to my life. Look for the first soon after Christmas.

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