Sarah is at diabetes camp this week, which is wonderful and I’m so happy. But the camp called this morning to say that Sarah had a shower last night, suspended her pump and forgot to resume it! Somehow, someone woke up at 5:00 am and discovered this and needless to say, she was a very sick monkey. But is feeling better now and what better place than at camp where it’s full of medical staff and even her own endocrinologist.
But I’m kicking myself now for not sending her with her Dexcom! I didn’t because I wanted her to be like the other kids, and do all their manual blood checks together and make her think more about her blood glucose levels. Not to mention their Dexcom policy states that her counsellor would have had to carry Sarah’s phone and there is no data sharing at camp. I assumed that Sarah would have spent most of her time out of range and it wouldn’t make it worth it and it would be one more thing to worry about. But it would have been helpful last night!
The funny thing is, I’m actually on the fence about using a CGM. I think it works if you care… but Sarah is 10 and she really doesn’t care. I care of course, but then I’m the hovering mother, bugging her about correcting etc, which I DO, but it’s not enough when she won’t bolus or couldn’t care less about going high.
Her average blood glucose lately has been 11, and after two months on the CGM her A1C only dropped a tiny bit. I think it’s frustrating ing because as an adult, I would care if some foods made me go high and I would avoid them, or I would always make sure to bolus, but I know what the consequences are. She doesn’t get it, how do you get a 10 year old to believe that in her 30’s she will regret the choices she is making now?
Plus, but she isn’t going to give up things like caramel popcorn of her own volition. And it’s not like I buy it, but if someone else does and its available, she eats it regardless of what it does to her. And I’m really hesitant about labelling foods as “bad” and ‘forbidden’, knowing her personality she would want them more!
In talking to my husband we are all for removing foods from our household that are a problem for her so that no one eats them… and I would like to take more time this fall to make it a sort of experiment where we keep a food diary and see for fun what effect different foods have on her. Maybe that would help her to understand.
Sigh… this is not easy and it’s hard when it makes me feel like such a failure. My only hope is that going to camp will have a good effect on her and maybe some positive peer pressure will make her want to do better. She is competitive and I might ask one of her counsellors to keep in touch with her as a mentor to make Sarah want to try harder.
Sorry… this post kinda morphed into something different. But any other ideas for motivating a 10 year old?