I realized something the other day.
Even as I found myself making progress toward putting the anguish of Eric's diabetes diagnosis behind me, Eric himself is making amazing strides at learning what he needs to know to take care of himself. For instance, just in the past six months, he has:
• Started taking his own blood sugar readings (I had to bribe him, but once he'd done it once, he seemed to really like the fact that it was in his control now).
• Started learning how to program his insulin pump — he unlocks it and follows the step-by-step directions I give him to give himself a bolus, and he is almost at the point where I'm ready to let him do the steps without prompting, although I'm not going to let him bolus himself unsupervised yet. He's also very good about making sure he locks it every time.
• Begun to independently recognize and treat lows when he feels them coming on; he also understands that if he exercises, he'd better check his BG and/or take some sugar with him to ensure he stays in range.
• Started learning how and when to change his insulin pump reservoir.
Not bad for a kid just 7 years old.