Summer highs


#1
Oh, I am so frustrated with the out of control highs this summer! Of course, I am not the one who has to endure the discomfort of the high readings, it's my six year old.
I am not quite sure what happened here, we were doing so well on the new pump... Two months after starting on the pump, her A1C went down from 8.2 to 7.3. I though we were heading in the right direction, but not any more, I am afraid.
I think Summer (and not being in school) brought out the constant snacking in my kids. They stay up late, sleep in, and eat, eat, eat.
If I haven't mentioned, my oldest child is deadly allergic to nuts. So, between reading all the food labels on his snacks (to make sure there are no nuts of any kind), and counting all the curbs for my daughter's snacks, I am just about loosing it. Not to mention a two year old, who only wants to drink milk right now (and only from a particular cup)! "Meeeelky, Mommy..."
We have an Endo appointment in a month, and I can already picture his less than impressed look at my child's glucose charts. Then come out the questions, etc. Ultimately, it is MY responsibility to make sure she is doing well and I don't know how to do that without making her fell "different".
Anyone else can relay? Any advise? How the heck do you count carbs in "a bite of this, a spoonfull of that, followed by a piece of gum"?
I know, I know, I am probably lacking the discipline, and rest assured, I have plenty of excuses for that... ;-)

#2

My son, Riley, is 5 and was diagnosed with D when he was 3.

I have a 16 year old too that does not have D. He eats snacks when he wants, but Riley knows he can’t just munch all day.

Riiley gets a snack in between each meal and at bedtime. This satisfies him. And, while I try to get him to eat healthy, I still let him pick his snack. It’s one of the few things he gets to control (you know, since he has to get stuck with needles and all). For example, last night he had cheese nips for snacks and his afternoon snack was Chips Ahoy cookies. The snack before that was Chocolate Goldfish.

Maybe that’s how I let him feel “normal” by letting him snack on normal kid’s stuff. He still snacks on fruits too most days, so he makes pretty good decisions on his own.

And, I measure out Riley’s snack, or most of the time he eats those 100 calorie snacks that they have now. They are pre-packaged, so you don’t have to guess on the carb count.


#3

I totally feel your pain… why is it so much harder to think in the summertime?! You’ve got a lot on your plate, so try not to be too hard on yourself, okay? It’s not lack of discipline, but sanity (I’m right there with you and I’ve only got 2 kids).
Food for thought:
I try to make sure I have a drawer full of “free” snacks, cheese sticks, sf jello cups, lunch meat/cream cheese rolls, those yummy splenda merengue cookies, and also those Sugar Free Lifesaver Popsicles that taste amazing! They make lots of yummy flavors of sugar free gum too, and Julia loves to chew that stuff! Popcorn is also yummy and you need to eat a lot of it before you bolus, so that’s probably an okay choice too (unless you’re son is allergic to it! sigh).

I am sure it will be much easier for you to get back into the happy glucose levels when school starts again, and you’re kids are back on schedule. In the meantime I am sure you’re doing a better job than you think managing your busy family…and if your Endo gives you “the look”, ask him to babysit for a day before throwing stones! LOL :slight_smile:


#4

I totally feel your pain… why is it so much harder to think in the summertime?! You’ve got a lot on your plate, so try not to be too hard on yourself, okay? It’s not lack of discipline, but sanity (I’m right there with you and I’ve only got 2 kids).
Food for thought:
I try to make sure I have a drawer full of “free” snacks, cheese sticks, sf jello cups, lunch meat/cream cheese rolls, those yummy splenda merengue cookies, and also those Sugar Free Lifesaver Popsicles that taste amazing! They make lots of yummy flavors of sugar free gum too, and Julia loves to chew that stuff! Popcorn is also yummy and you need to eat a lot of it before you bolus, so that’s probably an okay choice too (unless you’re son is allergic to it! sigh).

I am sure it will be much easier for you to get back into the happy glucose levels when school starts again, and you’re kids are back on schedule. In the meantime I am sure you’re doing a better job than you think managing your busy family…and if your Endo gives you “the look”, ask him to babysit for a day before throwing stones! LOL :slight_smile: