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From Ohio, USA:

Our daughter is 18 years old. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11. She is also mildly retarded with physical disabilities also. She has difficulty with fine and gross motor skills. She does know to stay away from sweet foods. She can't tell when her blood sugar is low or too high, and can't relate her sugar levels whether there good or bad: 115 good, 200 bad. She is unable to draw up her own shots. With time we think we can get her to give her own shots.

Is there any agency that can help her? We won't always be her for her. We want to know she will be helped. There are agencies for disabled adults but not for diabetics too.

Answer:

I would speak to the health care team that takes care of your daughter about realistic goals for her, and long term planning. A social worker familiar with people with disabilities would be able to help you make plans as well.

LM

Original posting 5 Mar 1998
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