Justin's mom says life with insulin
shots revolves around schedules.
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Justin, 8, Texas Life with insulin shots revolves around schedules, and Justin's mom, Yasmin, says her thoughts are with Justin every minute of the day. A 'normal' day for Justin, would go something like this…Mom performs a finger prick at 6 a.m.…breakfast and an insulin injection at 7…mid-morning snack at 10 a.m.…finger prick at 11:30 a.m.…lunch and an insulin injection at noon…mid-afternoon snack at 2 p.m.…finger prick at 5…dinner and an insulin injection at 6…finger prick at 8:30 p.m.…bed time snack and an insulin injection at 8:45.
"This is Justin's routine, day in and day out…never a day off…365 days a year!" Yasmin says.
During school, the nurse will perform Justin's finger prick and give him his insulin. "She is wonderful!" says Yasmin. Justin's teachers know to make sure he gets his morning and afternoon snacks. The cafeteria staff knows to make sure that Justin ate all of his lunch. Yasmin also supplies sugar-free Popsicles and snacks for Justin to have in case there are 'special' reward activities or birthdays.
"When Justin wants to eat the school lunch," Yasmin says, "I meet him at school to help him count his carbohydrates and figure out how much insulin he needs. When I supply a lunch from home it is written down in Justin's logbook, for the nurse to see how many exchanges he will have for lunch that day."
Justin and his mom shared their story in the Winter 2004 issue of Countdown for Kids magazine.