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Re: [IP] Re: teens and pumping



Thanks Tricia froma mom of a teenager.
I needed to hear that..I did.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tricia Till" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 8:46 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: teens and pumping


> When
> >this group sees numbers that are not in target, their usual response is
> >that
> >they did or didn't do something they should have.  This makes them think
> >they
> >have failed the parents, the diabetes team, and themselves.  Is it any
> >wonder
> >they want to save face my "fixing" the numbers?
>
> I am no longer a teen, but I cannot agree more with this!!!  I'm
> 22...diagnosed at 14..."fixed numbers" right up through probably my
> sophomore year of college!  I know why I did it...I was (and am!) a
> perfectionist; I graduated high school valedictorian, I was the captain of
> my basketball and volleyball teams, I was all-State academic, etc. etc.
So
> "failing" at the "diabetes game" was not acceptable to me.  (Yeah, I still
> have problems with this today...but it's improved over the years a bit!:))
> I thought it was ALL my fault, and I know my parents meant well...but
> continuely harping over my "numbers" made me want to record those numbers
> even less.  It got to the point where I would even write in "imaginary"
> numbers...I wouldn't test, but would write something down to make my
parents
> and doctor think that I did!  I think teens need to understand that some
of
> the highs aren't their fault.  Sure, some are...you know, when you decide
> that a slurpee from 7-Eleven sounds really good and you drink it without
> thinking about its affects on your blood sugars.  But others can be caused
> to hormones, stress, the need for different ratios/amounts of insulin,
etc.
> And being a teen is always an emotional rollercoaster, with or without
> diabetes!  But while I feel guilty today about fixing my numbers in the
> past, I guess that I can't blame the kids who do it.  I think letting them
> know that it isn't their fault...and that the team is not mad at THEM, is
> simply mad perhaps at diabetes, hormones, etc...would be a big help to a
lot
> of teenagers.
> Tricia
>
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