- I compare my 2 children and marvel at how completely different they are in so many ways even though they were raised in the same environment.
- I compare appropriate punishments, rewards and encouragements to find what works for their different personalities.
I speak with other parents and breathe a HUGE sigh of relief when I learn that other families are fighting the same battles raising their teen and pre-teen children.
- I compare and take notes from other D-families with their successes and challenges raising a Type 1 Diabetic child.
- I wonder what we are doing wrong when we can’t manage to get Eden’s blood sugars IN range more often versus OUT of range.
I see D-parents saying that 180 is too high a blood sugar number for their child – when I CELEBRATE anything that is in the 100’s..
Seeing and reading that scares me and constantly makes me question the way we do things.
The thing is – WHY do I do this to myself ??
We are ALL DIFFERENT and although making comparisons sometimes helps to ease the anxiety and helplessness I am sometimes feeling – I am comparing APPLES to ORANGES.
This especially goes for raising a typical pre-teen girl who happens to also be a Type 1 Diabetic.
Although T1D is a disease shared by many – it is NOT THE SAME for everyone. Everyones body is different !! Insulin – carbs – exercise – illness – age and attitude ALL affect people in a multitude of ways and therefore the outcome of management is going to be different..
- I constantly research various methods for dosing insulin and management of T1D.. I welcome advice and sometimes am willing to try just about anything to see if it will stick.
- Sometimes it does – sometimes it doesn’t – sometimes it works for a little while and then we are back at square one. Everything we do is by trial and error but what works one day might not work the next.