It’s incredible how quickly kids pick things up. Yesterday morning as we were getting up, Eric was puttering around my bedroom getting into everything. I looked around and there he was on the floor next to the bed with his glucose meter kit in his hand. He’d unzipped it and had the lancet device—the “poker” (what do you call that thing, anyway?)—in his hand. He was holding it to his finger and trying to make it do its thing, with a look of intense concentration on his face. I showed him how to “arm” it and how to press the button, then gave it back to him. He armed it, put it against his finger, pressed the button, and looked up at me with a triumphant grin. Of course, we praised him to the skies… and then quickly put a test strip in the meter and took his BG because, after all, we needed to know where he was at and why waste a perfectly good drop of blood? No point in poking the poor kid again when he’d already done it himself, and we wanted him to know that his ability to do this is a GOOD thing.
But I’m really amazed at him. He clearly understands what he needs to do and has no problem doing it, which means he’s a step ahead of me—I can’t quite bring myself to use the lancet on my own finger. Next step, I guess, is teaching him how to read the meter (he’s in process of learning his numbers anyway).
By the way, we’re going back to the endo on Tuesday for another HbA1c, to see how well the new insulin regime is controlling his BG. It’s only been a month but I’m hoping we’ll see good progress. He’s been in a pretty good range lately.