Hi. I am really sorry about your daughter's dx.
Don't forget to ask the endo about "sick day" management.
I snickered when I read that your grocery store trip took long. Not because it is funny but because it brings back so many memories of EVERYTHING taking longer. Counting up the carbs, weighing food, calculating the insulin ... my poor boy would have to wait sooooo long to eat while I tried to figure things out. Then I would get paranoid that I made a mistake and do it again. That first year was TOUGH. I know you have prolly heard this but it does get easier. You'll start to remember how many carbs things are, get faster at things and overall just will become more confident managing your dd's D.
My husband and my son both have type 1. We never get the flu shot because up until this year, none of us got the flu. I did consider getting the H1n1 for my daughter (asthma) and son, who even though he had never gotten the flu, I was concerned with the rapid spread of H1N1. Even though we decided against it, it was a moot point because my daughter got it before the vaccine was available. I got it too. I started everyone on echinachea/goldenseal, except my husband (he won't take it) and no one else got it. My daughter and I took some other stuff and were better within 48 hrs.
My husband got it this past week. He was REALLY sick. He refused any medicine until the third day when he was wishing for death. Then he was humbled and gratefully took everything I had to offer. He was better a couple of days later. The others and myself did not get it (immunity?) He was vomiting the first day. he didn't develop ketones, but becase he was havign trouble keeping food down, I was concerned about him going LO. So while his belly was uncooperative, he did not take insulin until after he ate, and had a feel for whether it was going to stay down or not. Ginger tea, helped with the nausea. He is fine now.
These are the things I took into consideration. My son is not honeymooning anymore, but his bg is managable and he always responds to insulin.There have been one or two occasions that a high was a little stubborn, and I would have him take a hot bath to help absorb the insulin faster and that would do the trick. He rarely develops ketones, only testing "trace" once and he rarely gets sick. I understand, that he mighjt get the flu one day. I am prepared to deal with it. Hopefully, he won't have to ever be hospitalized, but if he is ... I am prepared to deal with that too.
We can't see around corners, mama. We can only do the best we can, and I KNOW you will do the best you can for your daughter.
I wanted to second the "childrenwithdiabetes" website. These people know their stuff. The help I have received from them has been INVALUABLE and I consider them more helpful than any doctor we've had. They respond quicker too. By the time the doctor calls me back, with the help of those parents it is usually already taken care of