• August 2008
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no bolus

Diabetes stinks. Having a twelve year old with diabetes stinks.

J. was very mean and not her usual happy self when I got home from work when I asked her to help bring in some things from the car. Then when I saw her having a snack- right before dinner – I asked if she’d done an insulin bolus to cover the carbs in her snack. When she started yelling, I asked her to check her blood sugar. She threw down the snack and started yelling for me to leave her alone. I made her let me check her insulin pump and saw that she’d not done a single insulin bolus (to cover food) since yesterday at 5:45pm. We ate dinner around 7pm on Monday. It’s now almost 7pm on Tuesday.

I made her check her blood sugar and it’s 245. Not as high as I thought it would be. Her higher afternoon bolus and her mile walk home from school must have helped lower it some.

I’m worried about her. And exhausted from worrying about her health and her attitude regarding herself and diabetes. It’s so hard to know what to do to help, to encourage good behavior, to discourage poor choices, to discourage self-harm and encourage healthy habits.

2 Responses

  1. Man all she has to do is push the button, she has it so much easier than I did growing up with this disease, but………with that constant bolusing also comes the fear of lows and the fact that we just want to eat and not think. In that respect I had it easier growing up with diabetes. I had no meter so I just shot up once a day and had my snacks and meals without really any thought process at all and went with just how I felt, which I know now was not a good tool or plan. I did have it easier with one shot and no tests, but….. I also probably had decades of high blood sugars and god awful damage to my vascular system, I try not to think about it. I feel for you and I feel for J, she just wants to be normal and not have to think or have the awful feeling of lows. Sorry for the long post. Hope I made sense. Say hi to Ms. J for me.

  2. Natalie, have you thought of introducing her to some older diabetics who may have had complications from not keeping their blood sugar under control? You know, that’s how my Mom lost her eyesight – from her diabetes. My Mom started painting at age 60 and she was a great painter. When she lost her eyesight, it was devastating to her. She was always an avid reader, painter, seamstress and without her sight – it was all lost! Just a thought!

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