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 🙂