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Re: [IP] Re: Doing too much for my son

Hi my name is Dean and I have been a diabetic since I was 6 yr. giving
myself shots 2 sometimes 3 a day doing tests on a daily basis, have gone
through the boiling of my needles and syringes and going to the hospital
every year to get straighten out. well with my parents in the room he said "
you have two choices 1 follow the rules of staying alive because you do have
a problem, or die within 10 days of not taking my insulin"  Mom and dad will
not be around forever, grow up have fun and if you want to dance you will
have to pay the fiddler, mom and dad you are doing a great job but put the
facts in front of her, life is not fair or easy. There are people in worst
conditions. by the way I have lived with diabetes for 48 years and have doe
everything possible to get rid of this problem, but I love Life.

Sorry for the comments if I hurt anyone Dean
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To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, June 24, 2000 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: Doing too much for my son

> Oh Lori,
> I ask myself this same question regarding my 14 year old daughter at least
> once a week.  The trap I get into is to constantly ask her if she has
> and bolused.
> One thing my husband and I do with our daughter is to prioritize with her,
> those times when her involvement is critical.  We allow her to slack off
> she is with us (either in the home or out).  We take a greater role in
> management at these times.  When she is out with her friends or at school,
> obviously she is on her own and needs to have a different mindset.  At
> until she returns home when she can relax a bit on her management.
> Another important time is right before bedtime.  I can't tell you how many
> times on a school night she has walked into our bedroom at 10:00p.m. (when
> husband and I are reading and trying to wind down for the day) and
> that she wants to change her site.  It would be nice if she thought to
> her site earlier in the evening because 1) we all need to go to bed at a
> reasonable hour, and 2) we need to make sure that the site change was a
> one and the insulin absorption is what it should be throughout the night.
> obviously can't do this if she goes right to bed after the site change.
> Another bedtime issue is having a snack and bolusing aggressively.  We are
> trying to teach her that, right before bedtime, if you have a snack, be
> conservative with the bolus.  Do a slightly smaller bolus than you would
> during the day.  Obviously, this is a strategy to reduce middle of the
> lows.
> Our daughter is absolutely fantastic to work with on diabetes.  (We also
> a son who would not be as adaptable if he had it.  Fortunately, he has
> tested and will not get it.)  But we are all human, and need help in this.
> The challenge is consistency, and the never ending nature of the routine.
> my daughter has said to us "I''ve had this for almost 3 years and I'm
> of this."  Oh boy. We say nothing.  Not even "I know" because she has
> made the point in her quite articulate way, "No, you don't."  She's right.
> Lindsey
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