TEEN TOPICS – WEEK 71: If you had an issue related to your diabetes, would you feel comfortable enough to ask your diabetes team?  

Annelies (age 15)
Yes, I’d be comfortable. Your diabetes team should be a support system for you, and you shouldn’t be afraid to tell them if you’re having issues related to diabetes.

Andrew (age 15)
I would feel comfortable asking my diabetes team about an issue I have with my diabetes because I have an amazing team. I’ve had that same team since a young age and they’ve supported me through the entire diabetic experience with great advice and leadership. If I could give one piece of advice to parents about finding outside sources to help your child’s diabetes care, it’d be to find the right medical team.

Ashley C. (age 16)
Yes that’s the people I would ask because no one else would understand it.

Cameron (age 18)
Yes because they’ve always been here for me and supportive of me.

Caroline (age 15)
Yes, I would feel comfortable discussing it with my diabetes team. They are amazing & super supportive.

Christina (age 15)
If I had an issue with my diabetes I would feel most comfortable talking to my doctor rather than my educators. I have a great connection to my endocrinologist and she doesn’t yell at me because of how I take care of my diabetes. But, in an emergency I would talk to anyone from my team. I know I would feel a bit awkward asking for help. However, I have talked to my doctor over the phone during emergency calls when I needed my insulin adjusted because my parents thought it would be easier for me to change my pump settings if I was talking directly to the doctor.

Claire (age 18)
I would 100% feel comfortable because I know that the majority of them have gone through, if not the same thing as me, then similar things to me. And I’m always willing to hear others points of view in order to problem solve and find a solution that maybe I hadn’t previously thought of.

Erin (age 17)
Yes; I’ve had issues before and was not afraid to bring them up with my team.

Haley (age 14)
 Yes. I have an awesome and very supportive team, so I feel like I would be comfortable discussing any issues I might have.

Ian (age 15)
 Yes, however, I would only ask if I could find no answer that seemed purely legitimate and thoughtful elsewhere.

Jordan (age 18)
Yes, you should never feel embarrassed about your diabetes, it is literally a matter of life and death, so if there is an issue you should speak to your team.  Your team should make it a point to create a comfortable environment where all questions are okay to be asked.

Julia (age 15)
Yes, I would feel comfortable asking them for help.

Laura (age 17)
If there was ever a problem I wouldn’t be afraid to ask. I might be a little embarrassed afterwards but I always put my health first.

Lexi (age 16)
Yeah probably. Diabetes is a serious thing.

Maddy (age 15)
I would be very comfortable talking with my diabetes team if there was an issue. The job of my diabetes team is to help me when there are problems or miscommunications. I love my endo and she is always helping me with any problems I have, and helps me stay positive when something not so good happens.

Maggie (age 16)
I do feel comfortable asking my diabetes team if there ever was an issue. I have my doctor’s offices email in my phone just in case of emergency.

McKenna (age 16)
Yes, I would feel comfortable asking because the know more about it than I do. They’ve studied diabetes so, yes, I would feel comfortable.

Skylyn (age 16)
Yeah I think I would probably be comfortable asking my endocrinologist about an issue with my diabetes. If I wasn’t comfortable asking her, then I would probably ask other diabetics in one of the Facebook diabetes groups I am a part of and see if anyone on there has experienced the same thing and could offer advice.

Vanessa (age 16)
Yes, it’s always great to have others to give you advice about something you haven’t gone through yet but they have and it makes you feel better that someone else understands what you’re going through.

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