A Cry for Help: DiabeticSitter.com Launches Website to Help Parents of Children with Diabetes
June 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsBRENTWOOD, CA – DiabeticSitter.com announces a free online community that helps parents who have children with diabetes find babysitters in their local area who are able to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with high and low blood glucose levels. “DiabeticSitter.com is dedicated to creating a worldwide community of caring people who want to reach out and help parents of children with diabetes,” said Victoria Gits, website creator and mother of an 8 year old child diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
When asked why she created a website that searches for local babysitters who have experience taking care of diabetes, Mrs. Gits stated, “As parents of a daughter with juvenile diabetes, we were never comfortable leaving Michaela with a babysitter who could not recognize the signs and symptoms associated with high & low blood glucose levels. We always wanted to enjoy a night out on the town, but we were afraid someone who hasn’t lived with diabetes would not know what to expect, and we would wonder if some important task would be forgotten. It wasn’t until last July, 2006, when our daughter attended Bearskin Meadow Diabetes Camp, that my husband and I felt we could let down our guard and trust that Michaela would be okay in someone else’s care; six long years without a night away from home without the kids.”
Michaela Gits was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes on New Year’s Day, 2000, at the age of 1. After caring and living with a daughter affected by diabetes, the Gits’ foremost concern in life is keeping their daughter Michaela alive and healthy. The complications associated with diabetes can be as severe as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy & nerve damage, skin disorder, nerve damage in the feet and gum disease.
In caring for a child with diabetes, you must be alert at all times. Gits added, “Each day our daughter is given over 4 shots of insulin in order to keep her blood sugar regulated. In addition, we poke her finger, checking her blood sugar level via a glucose monitor, at least 7 or 8 times per day.”
Gits continued, “If our daughter’s blood sugar level fluctuates too high, she runs the risk of ketoacidosis and must be hospitalized”. In December of 2003, Michaela was flown via helicopter to Children’s Hospital because her blood sugar got dangerously high and she went into a state of ketoacidosis.
Mrs. Gits stated, “If our daughter’s blood sugar fluctuates too low, she runs the risk of hypoglycemia and potentially can go into a severe seizure.” These dreadful hypoglycemia incidents have already affected Michaela three times in her brief life and have resulted in seizure each time.
The Gits’ knew there were other parents out there who desperately could use a free resource within the diabetic community who would make them feel secure about leaving their child in the care of someone they can trust. The online platform has been a resounding success within the diabetes community.
When asked what types of sitters DiabeticSitter.com was seeking, Gits offered: “Our sitters are typically teens with diabetes, parents and family members of children with diabetes or nursing professionals.”
Registration is free for both parents and sitters. For information on how to join the network, you can visit www.DiabeticSitter.com.
Diabetic Sitter.com is the premier online babysitter community that helps parents who have children with diabetes find babysitters in their local area. Diabetic Sitter.com is an exclusive communications platform that ONLY searches for babysitters in your local area who have experience taking care of children with diabetes.
Diabetic Sitter.com was founded by a team of parents who have been living with juvenile diabetes for the past seven years, when their daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on New Years Day, 2000. Since that traumatic day, it has been their mission to help create a better life for their daughter, as well as other families living with the same auto-immune disease, by not letting diabetes interfere with living an active and productive life.