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Re: [IP] Who should be doing the work? was: Fastest site change

Chris, for children who resist any part of the shot taking, blood sugar
testing, infusion set inserting - I think making them the part of this -
under watchful eye of the parent is appropriate.
I can't imagine fighting a kid to do all this but it doesn't have to be
scary-kids can adapt to the insertion of needles. Don't get me wrong - I do
hate insertions but there is time (quick insertion time) that I just have to
de-sensitize myself and do it because there are other things for me to do -
Like, I gotta leave and better get this site change done or it will cost me
more time later doing the change out on the road.
My thought is the kid actually afraid of the needle or getting hog-tied to
get injected. I found that it hurts less when I relax rather than tense up -
a known fact of getting a penicillin shot in the butt through my many bouts
with tonsillitis.
Anyway kids learn to adapt but they do need direction from their parents
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Saunders" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 4:12 PM
Subject: [IP] Who should be doing the work? was: Fastest site change

> What about your child changing her own sites? I think I read 9 1/2yo.
> That's old enough to be thinking about changing them.
> Every situation is different. but if the child is doing the majority of
> work, they usually will learn how to do it quick, and all you need to do
> make sure they aren't cutting any important corners.
> I have a dreadful fear of needles. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes 9
> years ago, I was reminded of watching TV when I was about 6 years old. It
> was Sesame Street and they were teaching about diabetes. The kid had a
> large shoe-box sized device he used to test sugars with. Then it discussed
> taking the needle. I vowed at 6yo that if I ever became diabetic, that I
> would kill myself before giving myself needles. 19 years later, and 9
> after being dx'd I still remember how awful I felt before I gave myself
> that first shot of insulin, and after I left the hospital and stopped
> taking my insulin because there was no one to tell me otherwise. Wow,
> There's nothing like how sick you feel after not taking insulin for a
> Let me tell ya, your stubbornness goes away. =)
> Good luck.
> ChriS
> Disclaimer: I have no children. I have only ever taken care of my own
> >   Now I know lots of parents will say they get
> >them
> >done quickly.  Well, good for you, you don't have a strong-willed
> >stubborn
> >child, you are lucky.  I'm just banking that these traits will serve her
> >well
> >in the future, there has to be some salvation.
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