Re: My Type 1 teen is struggling with her disease - What can I do?
I was a diabetic teen and it was hard. My parents helped tremendously by taking a significant amount of the burden off my shoulders. When I was a little kid, my Mom asked the doc how soon should I be doing my own injections (I was dxd at age 2 in 1966) and the doc told her that Mom should keep doing it until I wanted to. I would have to do it for a very long time and the longer Mom could take care of me, the better.
I agree that a pump takes away a lot of shots (1 shot every 3 days instead of multiples each day), but it does require a lot of work and testing. Can you give her the shots sometimes? Mom or Dad still jabs me once in a while when I am sick and don't want to do it myself. I feel so loved and taken care of when they do on rare occasions. Also, to show some solidarity, you could ***** your own finger (get your own lancing device) when she does hers. She won't feel so isolated. I know of a few parents who do this so their kids don't feel so alone. Work with her on her carb counting and calculations. Do it and then ask her if she thinks you are right. Be an active participant with her,
Diabetes is an adult responsibility that many adults are not able to handle. Imagine still being a kid. I agree that she needs to know how to do it (school, trips, sleepovers), but she is not an adult and shouldn't be expected to bear the responsibilities of one.
Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to ask me some questions.
Dxd T1 1966, 2001 dialysis, 2002 kidney transplant, 2003 insulin pump, 2008 pancreas transplant