Sunday, November 29, 2009

Supernanny to the Rescue?

Last Tuesday, I received an e-mail from Jill Lubarsky with the Media Relations Department at JDRF that on Friday, ABC's hit television program "Supernanny" was going to feature a family where Jo, the Supernanny, is called in to assist Bill and Tammy McGrath of Hamlin, NY. The Supernanny's assignment is to help the family regain control of their lives after they learn that their 5-year-old son, Aiden, was diagnosed with [type 1] diabetes, and introduces entirely new burdens on a family with 3 children that few people ever see until they're experiencing it for themselves.

Unfortunately, with the holidays, I wasn't able to catch the episode live, but thanks to the Internet, those episodes are readily available within days online, so here (catch the brief synopsis here) it is:

Hulu is limited to only recent video clips of Supernanny, but ABC has the original which can be found HERE

As JDRF's media relations wrote in their e-mail:

"I had a chance to view this episode before final production (as did our research department) and believe the show does a good job explaining type 1 diabetes and demonstrating the diligence required by the individual and family to manage blood sugar levels. ABC viewers will have the chance to see the highs and lows (no pun intended) on how parents must learn to work with their child during these tough times."

I thought it might be worth sharing with everyone else, especially those who weren't on the JDRF e-mail distribution list. What do you think ... does it do an adequate job of depicting the burden of diabetes management with the average person?


George said...

Darnit! I missed it!

I will check it out tonight! thanks for the reminder.

Cherise said...


I watched Super Nanny on Friday night. I wasn't dx'd as a child but I didn't agree with making the kid eat his food. IMO, I thought the family could've handled the eating issue a lot better! I'm mad thinking about it. That's all.