Cassandra - posted on 02/01/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
I am having a real issue with my 13 yr old son. He is very independant, tests on his own, does his own tracking and he is on the pump. I keep an eye on him daily and track his numbers also, but he sneaks food all the time and has admitted to the diabetes team that he prefers to keep higher numbers (like 10-12) all day for fear of crashing! Here in Canada, I know the readings are a little different, but a good range for him would be 5-10. But now the diabetes team wants to shorten that even to 4-8. My son doesnt even like to go to bed unless he is a 10...
He often get high numbers during the day (16-20) then corrects and later crashes, and stays up late at night treating and treating himself until he sees at least an 8 on his meter. Problem with that is since he only checks every 15 mins after treatment, then often treats again if he doesnt like the number, his number is sometimes 15 or 16 when he wakes up.
What can I do for him to make him feel less emotionally distressed about having a low and crashing? I worry about his instability, since the diabetes team even told him that if he doesnt get a handle on it, within 2 years he will develop complications!!