Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Your Diabetes Clinic Visit


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions that will help you prepare for your visit.

What's in the clinic?

  • Education rooms: where you get information about diabetes and how to take care of yourself.
  • Exam rooms: where you meet the doctor or nurse during your visit.
  • Classroom: where you go for group education classes.
  • Child Life Room: where you go for education and activities to help you cope with having diabetes.
  • Waiting area: Our large waiting area has a fish tank, teen magazines, children's books, and toys.

What should we bring to the clinic?

  • Blood sugar meter
  • Log sheet or log book
  • New patient notebook
  • Snack
  • Child's comfort item

What will be done at the clinic?

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Blood pressure
  • Hemoglobin A1C

Can siblings come to the clinic?

Siblings can come to the clinic to learn about diabetes. They can see where their brother or sister comes for a check-up.

Who will we meet in the clinic?

We have a team of health care providers specially trained in caring for children with diabetes. Click here to read about our diabetes team.

What are the steps to help me manage my diabetes?

Visit 1: Diagnosis
You may be seen in the hospital or the diabetes clinic. You will see a doctor and a nurse educator. You may also see the social worker and child life specialist.

Visit 2: Five to 10 days after diagnosis
About five to 10 days later, in the diabetes clinic, you will see a nurse practitioner and dietitian. You may also see the social worker and child life specialist.

In visits 3 and 4, you will go to a group class, if you are five or older. One-on-one teaching will be provided for children aged four and under, and as needed for those of any age.

Each group class will meet with a nurse educator, dietitian, social worker, and child life specialist.

Visit 3: 1 to 3 weeks after diagnosis

A TrialNet researcher will provide information about having family members of those with type 1 diabetes screened for their risk of developing diabetes. You will learn about taking care of high and low blood sugars, managing your diabetes when you are sick, matching insulin to the food you eat, and coping with diabetes.

This class takes place on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Visit 4: About 1 to 3 weeks after your first class

  • You will learn how diabetes fits into your day-to-day activities.
  • You will also learn how to solve problems, set goals, and adjust your insulin.
  • This visit finishes the group classes. This class is on Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visit 5: Last visit of education program

  • • In this last visit, we will go over everything that you have learned about diabetes.
  • • Your first hemoglobin A1C will be checked during this visit.
  • • You will have a check-up with either your doctor or a nurse practitioner.
  • • You will also meet with the dietitian and nurse educator.

Ongoing care

Every three months you will see a doctor or a nurse practitioner for follow-up care. A hemoglobin A1C will be done at each visit. Other tests will be done, as needed. You can contact a doctor or nurse between visits by phone or on the internet by visiting My Health at Vanderbilt.

Last Edited: October 13, 2016
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