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Childcare and Type 1 Diabetes: Navigating Choppy Waters

We had counted ourselves lucky to find Sofia, a local in-home childcare provider who had created a loving and affordable environment for our first child, Cassidy.  Sofia now stood at our front door in Los Angeles and smiled sadly as she handed me our daughter’s diaper bag. “I’m so sorry,” she said. “I just don’t think I can take care of her anymore.” Although it’s been over 20 years, I am often transported back to that moment. We had just returned home from a week in the hospital with our 16-month-old daughter. The diagnosis: Type 1 diabetes. After 48 hours in the intensive care unit, we spent another week learning how to give insulin injections and test her blood sugar.  As we left the hospital,… Read More »Childcare and Type 1 Diabetes: Navigating Choppy Waters