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Re: [IP] teen control problems

Dear Renee,

These are the words of a truly wise woman!  Thank you for sharing them with 
us.  Your kids are truly blessed to have you for their mom, and your 
students are incredibly lucky, too!

Diane :-)

At 03:23 PM 1/25/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Lindsey and Rae:
>     I know you don't want to hear this but it WILL get better with 
> time.  Without the burdens of diabetes, it's not easy being a teenager today.
> From my perspective as a mother of 2 girls ages 18 & 19, and my 15 yrs as a
>high school teacher, I've learned that one of the more important insights a
>parent can offer a child is the knowledge that mistakes are made & that the
>best we humans can do is learn from them & try to do better the next time.
>Feeling self-imposed pressure to be "good"(perfect???) only heightens the
>anixety.  The issues with menstrual cycles, hormones, sports highs & lows,
>emotional & psychological stress from school work, socially-mediated poor
>decisions, dawn phenomenon, teenaged junk food preferences, etc.  are but a
>handful of the 100+ factors that can impact a teenager's blood sugars. Adding
>guilt/frustration to that mix only worsens the scenario, so I try to
>"trouble-shoot" with Melissa, if she asks for my help- otherwise, I have to
>trust that after 5 yrs of pumping, she knows far better than I what changes
>to make- whether it's an overdue site change, a need for basal fasting tests,
>time for a call to her CDE for a "touch-up" appt., etc. Ultimately (and a lot
>quicker than you'd have thought - right Michael???) these hormonal teens will
>be out of the nest, dealing with this essentially on their own (BIG GULP!)
>    so hang in there & feel free to vent here whenever.....
>Regards, Renee (Melissa's pump mom)
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