Happy Happy Joy Joy …

I know parents everywhere are dealing with the moodiness that plagues teenagers and pre-teens… Our dilemma and issue is the fact that Type 1 Diabetes exacerbates this moodiness.


High blood sugar can cause mood swings – low blood sugar can cause mood swings AND a rapid rise or fall in blood sugar can cause mood swings..

Doesn’t THAT sound fun?!?!

Especially since we bounce around and yo-yo up and down and around so often.. Pair blood sugar moodiness with the regular pre-teen hormone moodiness and it creates the PERFECT STORM of ugliness…

YUP – this is what I am dealing with in my household this morning..

My usual beautiful, happy, smiling child is ugly, ugly, ugly..

Truth be told – I don’t have much patience or tolerance for it either.

Do I tell her she needs to check her blood sugar??

That itself usually causes a backlash.

If she is out of range do I let it slide and let the hurtful words she is spewing out just roll off my back ?

I honestly don’t know if she can actually CONTROL her emotions and mood when her blood sugars are crazy?

I can’t FEEL what she FEELS …

I guess I just look at the clock and be thankful that Little Miss Moody is heading off to school shortly

In this instance I DID have her check her blood sugar again. Less than an hour after checking when she woke up and she had risen to a lovely 312 ..

BINGO – we have a reason this time!

312 – is HIGH – She is way too HIGH …


Off she goes to school with instructions to check her BS again in a couple of hours to make sure she is coming down… 2 extra finger pricks already today.

Although I of course am worried about the unexplained high – I am also thankful right now for a SILENT house.. It’s a bit early for a glass of wine – but I am most certainly going to enjoy another cup of coffee. I think I deserve it after mopping up after the perfect storm this morning 🙂


16 thoughts on “Happy Happy Joy Joy …

  1. Oh my gosh that’s my house too! I fully expect my 11 yr old T1d grand’s head to spin completely around a La Linda Blair sometimes. I think the key is to not get sucked into the drama…WAY easier said than done!!

  2. Hi Eden. I know kind of what you mean, in a couple of different ways. I’m a private tutor for a teen with Type 1 diabetes. She is just like that – and her ability to concentrate is almost non-existent. And her desire to study…well, I’m sure you can guess what that’s like. And to add the normal teenage angst on top of a chronic disease, wow! It’s so hard.

    Also, my mom had Type 2 diabetes, and it eventually killed her. She didn’t keep control of her diet, and she didn’t exercise, and she certainly didn’t want to take advice from anyone.

    I didn’t know at that time that blood sugar swings can play havoc with your personality. I just thought my mother was wackadoodle. (Well, she didn’t like me anyway, so that might have had something to do with it.)

    I can also relate from the other end. I developed epilepsy at 13 after being attacked. And I lived in denial for a long time, messing with my meds because they made me feel “less” than I had been. Growing up “different” in any way is hard. Chronic disease even makes it harder.

    Anyway, the upshot of this long-winded comment is – my heart goes out to you and your daughter. I’m sure that once the difficult teenage years are over, she will really appreciate you and your caring parenting.

    • Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! I really, truly appreciate it!
      I’m so sorry about your own diagnosis – I actually think about Epilepsy quite regularly due to a FB page I follow. Although I don’t know much about the illness I do know that it would be incredibly difficult to live with.. Have you heard about the #AJO movement? https://www.facebook.com/AJOforeverinourhearts
      It brings me joy and sadness every day… but it brings the much needed awareness to Epilepsy as I am trying to do for Type 1 Diabetes.

      goes to show we ALL have our struggles – some of us just choose to share them with the world.


      • Thanks for the link, Heather. I’ve really been blessed by having epilepsy. If I didn’t have it, I probably would have gone on to become a surgeon like I originally planned. I’ll never know if I would have been a good one, but I wouldn’t have had as much contact with people as I do in my current profession.

        Now I’m a math teacher/math lab assistant at a community college in Florida. I help students understand math, realize their dreams to continue in college, but I also have an additional thrill. Lots of people don’t think they can do math. I can put the concepts across in such a way that people get it. And that makes them feel accomplished. It makes me feel good, too.

        I might have missed that if I didn’t have seizures.

    • Its type 2 I have and I inject with a drug that is made from a hormone that is found in the venom of a lizard and it stops your body producing a hormone that stores sugar, it also slows your gut so you feel full and helps you loose weight. I have lost 6 stone which is around 90lb and 10 inches off my waist, there are some side affects at first because you are basically taking a poison but its had great results for a lot of people but not for some, apparently its all down to your genes.

      I saw epilepsy mentioned also I have neurological problem called Motor Functionality Disorder, either in the womb or when my brain was developing when I was under 5 my brain was wired wrong and its left me with a range of neurological problems which has only come apparent in the last 10 years. One of the problems is non fitting epilepsy its a lot like a petite mal when a person goes blank and has no response, it only lasts a few seconds but luckily I have not had one for years so I can drive still. I do hope that it doesn’t hinder your life to much. 🙂

      • No, actually it doesn’t hinder me at all. My official diagnosis (which came only after years and years of “we’re not sure”) is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. Apparently it’s partially genetic, but it takes some kind of traumatic physical event to activate it.

        But once I was properly diagnosed, I got the right meds, and I’ve been fine ever since. I’ve only had seizures twice since 1997, and both times I was taking OTC antihistimines – Claritin and Zyrtec. No more antihistimines for me!

      • I am so glad about that, I worked with a guy who was fitting at least once a week and eventually was forced to give up work and ended up with 24 hour care.
        I was taking an anti-epileptic drug Gabapentin not for the fade outs for the whole neurology as intense pain is one of the symptoms, much like tooth ache in the whole of your body……

        I thought I was going mad, I even forgot I had been to the toilet, forgot how to drive, lost my way home on a route I travelled every day and had to phone a friend to come and get me, it was a very scary time, I went to see a neuropsychologist because my doc thought I had early onset dementia and after a barrage of test she came back with the results and took me off the drug. Within 36 hours I was back to normal.

        I do graphic work, look after the computers and website sometimes for a small print company and one of the partners was given the same drug for his epilepsy and his business partner was starting to panic thinking that the business was going to go down then he stopped the drugs and like me within 36 hours he was back to normal. Even prescribed drugs alone they can ruin your life.
        This is the website that belongs to the specialist I am waiting to see and it will explain about MFD if your interested http://www.neurosymptoms.org

        Stay well 🙂

      • Thanks for the link, Pete. It’s always nice to learn more things. I’m taking Depakote ER, and that can make you tired. Coffee and I have become best friends. I love to work on my books at Starbucks, with a venti sugar-free, skinny caramel latte to hand.

      • Ohhhhhh Starbucks I am 35 miles from the nearest one, I love Starbucks, when I get one its a treat. Would you believe I live in one of oldest cities i Scotland and we don’t have a Starbucks, cinema, McD’s, Burger King or KFC even some of the poorest cities in Africa have a McD’s I will have to go and drive to Dundee now this weekend and get one, my lips are smacking and mouth is watering .HUH …..Thanks Lara!!!!!


      • I will tell you where I live, I live in a city, it has less than 6000 people that is including the villages and farms. The city has a cathedral which was founded and a round tower was built in the 11th century, the round tower is one of only two original ones left standing and complete. I am 11 miles to the east coast and the beach, I am 15 miles to the hills, mountains and lochs (lakes). My city is called Brechin and its pronounced Brekin in the county of Angus. Angus is the birth place of Scotland, this is where the Picts settled over 2000 years ago, there is still eveidence of the Picts with the standing carved stones and the hill forts.
        Brechin has a whisky distillery Glencadam which has made whisky for 200 years, majority of the houses in the high st are 200 years old with one or two 500 years old, the city itself is a royal burgh and holds a 15th century Papel charter to hold market day on a Sunday.
        The nearest loch to me is Loch Lee which is 25 miles away through glen esk past the purple heather covered hill side which is roaming with deer, 1 mile to loch Lee finds a 17th century church which is still lit by gas, then you discover a 17th century guard tower before the walk to the loch side and a 14th century disused church and grave yard, standing in the graveyard you can look over the wall to see the two mile stretch of loch Lee which is banked each side by high peaks capped with snow this time of year, you can walk the path to the end of the loch to a farm, there you connect with another path which takes you the 4 miles to waterfalls.

        From Brechin travel 20 miles north you come to Dunnottar castle where I used to be a guide. If you look on my blogs rainbow-photography.net and mysoresoul.co.uk you will see lots of photos.
        I have more to add shortly. Any questions please email me
        I love my country and will share it with you 🙂

  3. I am 50 year old with diabetes and I know its not teenagers that fly off at the smallest thing when sugar is low.
    I have worked for many year at the coal face of pre-teens as a learning support assistant in primary schools as well as having a Matthew who had ever mood going in a single hour, every hour for around 10 years, but he is now 29, married with two girls Hayley 5 and Megan 7 and I sit back and laugh because payback is a b**ch hahahaha 🙂

      • I worked in a high school with young adults, a term I use loosely, most did a very good job at pretending to be 8 year old and under. 🙂 I did tell a class of 13/14 year old that I was going to give them all a velcro label to wear on their jerseys so they can change the label depending what mood they are in, so I know whether to allow them into the classroom, outside heads office or down in the nursery.
        One smart Alex shouted “but what if I want to wear the wrong one”, I replied I will wear mine that always says ‘In charge and will kick your butt out out the class and sit you outside the heads office and yes its a very big label”
        I loved the job, it was so much fun 🙂

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