I Can Help Take Care of Me

A book about type 1 diabetes

Children - Educational
64 Pages
Reviewed on 04/01/2016
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Author Biography

I've lived with type one diabetes for over 57 years, since the age of two. I was one of the early users of the insulin pump (37 years), CGMS (over 20 years) and worked on development of the infusion sets, pump and CGMS software as well as features. Currently involved in diabetes support and education, writing books for children in a way they can understand and feel comfortable with.
As a result of support work I’ve realized that education and training is the piece of the puzzle in diabetes care that is most lacking. I have also designed a computerized game system which tests, checks and teaches people with diabetes the daily routine, carb counting, daily and weekly physical checks, etc.
I attended Cornell University and achieved a dual degree in Chemical and Computing Engineering which turned out to be a perfect background for work in Diabetes Technology

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

I Can Help Take Care of Me is an educational story about Diabetes (Type 1) written by Yerachmiel B. Altman. This illustrated children’s book, written completely in rhyming poetry and using soft toys as patient, parent and doctor, talks of how the author was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of two. With things being very different back then, the experience was a lot scarier. Much of the equipment used to check your blood sugar, administer insulin, and keep you healthy inside has now changed, with insulin pumps helping to keep blood sugar at a good number. When your symptoms alert you to the fact that something is not right, it is essential that your blood sugar and blood pressure are checked and that your blood sugar is brought back to the proper range before you can partake in sports or play with your friends. The book makes it very clear that Diabetes is not contagious in any way, and that when you eat well and take proper care of yourself, there is absolutely nothing that stops you from being able to live a full and happy life.

As a Diabetic, I was quite impressed with how Yerachmiel B. Altman tackled such a difficult topic, especially for children, who can be quite upset, angry and stubborn when diagnosed with Diabetes. The earlier they are educated on all aspects of the disease and are taught that Diabetes is not a death sentence, the better. When a Diabetic child realizes how important it is to tell the people around them that they are not feeling well, it soon becomes second nature to them to take care of themselves and to alert others that they may be in danger. Yerachmiel B. Altman has not only taken the mystery, stigma and fear out of Diabetes, but has also taught a child to feel empowered, in that they are more aware of their symptoms than anybody else and can play a part in making sure they are well. Educating parents about the fact that their children cannot catch the disease from those with Diabetes is also covered. I recommend I Can Help Take Care of Me to all newly diagnosed Diabetics, their friends, families, and peers.

Zena M. LeCoff

I've read this book and I must say that it warms my heart that there is such a book out in the World these days. When I was growing up no such book was available. My best source of reference was my Mother who passed away from this deadly disease 30 years ago. " I Can Help Take Care of Me" teaches the child that they can indeed take care of themselves, be their own champion while learning how and when they are at School, doing things as any "normal" child does.
I highly suggest that anyone who has a child, grandchild, relative or knows of one to pick up a copy of this book. This will indeed enhance the lives not only of the the Diabetic but of the family of one. This is one of the most well written Books I have come across.
Working in the field with Adolescents for over 25 years I will add this to our arsenal of literature to bring awareness to our clients and their family. I am honored to have the privilege to have read this piece of work.

Zena M. LeCoff

Zena M. LeCoff
I've read this book and I must say that it warms my heart that there is such a book out in the World these days. When I was growing up no such book was available. My best source of reference was my Mother who passed away from this deadly disease 30 years ago. " I Can Help Take Care of Me" teaches the child that they can indeed take care of themselves, be their own champion while learning how and when they are at School, doing things as any "normal" child does.
I highly suggest that anyone who has a child, grandchild, relative or knows of one to pick up a copy of this book. This will indeed enhance the lives not only of the the Diabetic but of the family of one. This is one of the most well written Books I have come across.
Working in the field with Adolescents for over 25 years I will add this to our arsenal of literature to bring awareness to our clients and their family. I am honored to have the privilege to have read this piece of work.