Caring for a preteen with T1

By hevyn<3 Latest Reply 2013-02-01 17:22:31 -0600
Started 2013-01-28 13:12:41 -0600

My daughter was diagnosed 1 year ago. She has done fairly well with shots and was excited about trying the pump and some other kid asked her "why she had that "thing" on her, was it because she's a freak or zombie??? ". Needless to say, as a preteen that quickly ended her enthusiasm for the pump. Any ideas to bring her back around or shall I just wait for her to be ready????

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type1's mom
type1's mom 2013-02-01 17:22:31 -0600 Report

Things said will always hurt. Wether they r teasing about Injections or a pump. Needless to say she will have to pick one. When my 10yr old child switched to the pump I was surprised at the smaller amt of "accessories" he needed to carry around. That's not even mentioning the better control and less "sticks". Your daughter will always be different. What matters is what makes her life easier. Then she can come up with ways to be confident. Most people are just curious, but that's hard for a preteen to understand. Tell her that I would have picked Zombie then smiled! The other kid prob would have just laughed

jayabee52 2013-01-29 10:02:19 -0600 Report

unfortunately this is a time of life where most kids have to show their individuality by "being the same" as their peers (yeah I know, paradoxical!). It is a phase most of us have gone through. It is a time of learning how to deal with the world of peers.

Really you are likely in the best place to be able to bring her around as you have lived with her for all of her life.

If she has been generally good and consistant about injecting herself, I believe she'll come around eventually and she will be none the worse in her blood glucose (BG) levels. However you may eventually butt heads over even that. It is something which is worth fighting over. To not use a pump is one thing, to forgo insulin injections is something else entirely. Her health is on the line there.

manapua72 2013-01-28 18:25:32 -0600 Report

Kids can be so cruel … I was taking 6-8 shots of insulin a day … My #'s were still terrible quite out of control . On 11/14/12 World Diabetes Day I got connected to my Medtronic insulin pump … Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAMM sugar levels DOWN , levels more stable , LESS insulin , feeling so much better withy pump … 13.7 to 7.5 one A1c to the next … If she can manage with the pens though I guess there is no real need for a pump … I was told that its the GOLD standard of treatment for diabetes , I don't know about all that I do know it's working for me and several friends that I have here in town that r using same pump as I …

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