dose anyone else experience the same

Emma - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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megan is 7 and been diabetic for 10 months and her mood swings when her bloods are high is getting out of control she is always snapping at her brother and sisters and throwing tantrums she is usually a very quiet and placid child so this is a shock to every1 , has any1 got any ideas to help her control her mood swings when her bloods are up.

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J - posted on 02/04/2009

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Agitation is due to high levels of blood sugar. My daughter is not different from yours. Even on her sleep, when she gets highs at night, she's strampling on the bed, crying loudly and she's hard to comfort. Sometimes it helps giving some sips of water, but mostly we just wait and watch that she's not hurting others nor herself until she calms down (by herself). How i observe it was severe during the first months of the disease, but as months, years go the agitation becomes less and less severe. I guess she's getting control over her emotions and psych. Good thing though. My dauther is already 3 yrs and 2 months diabetic. And she is dealing real good with it.

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Natalie - posted on 06/07/2009

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ahhh yeh it must be annoying for her when they do that but i think our darlings are little amazements how someone so little can adapt to such a serious condition so quickly surpasses me but sounds like megan is coping so well and is an example child

Emma - posted on 06/07/2009

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thanks for your reply natalie, your daughter is a little star, doing her own injections at such a young age meg dose hers to but she is 8. megan also loves to tell other ppl all about diabeties and what she has to do to look after herself she did a talk infront of the whole class a couple of weeks ago i am so proud of her.

we are also doing more of the distraction thing when she gets a little moody, but sometimes it is hard as her brother and sisters can sometimes wind her up coz they think it is funny when she gets cross and that makes her worse. so we just let her go into our room and chill out for a while.

take care xxx

Natalie - posted on 06/07/2009

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hey yeh my little girl farrah was diagnosed at 3 years and is now 4 and she also suffers from these dramatic mood swings but what your forgetting is she doesnt do it on purpose its a body reaction which i find farrah finds very hard to deal with especially when shes on a high she says she doesnt want this anymore its heart breaking all i do you prevent her from getting upset is talking to her a distraction from the situation and mellowing her out by having hugs and doing things she feels is relaxing in this situation ie reading ,watching something she likes eventually she is calm enough to deal with it by herself i dare think how difficult life is for our precious babies not being able to do things they want all the time but i must say for a 4 year old she has adapted well and is already doing her own injections and can set things up for herself i just refer to her diabeties as something she has been given to help other people more aware about them and she loves to talk about it with her friends she feels sooo grown up!! good luck with megan im sure she will improve as time goes x

Emma - posted on 05/19/2009

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thankyou all for your replys we are currently waiting to go onto the pump to see if that is able to manage her bloods better (although we are currently getting on top of them once again) it is so hard to understand y she is so high when we have done everyting right. but that is just part and parcel of diabeties we dont know where it comes from and we dont know how your body reacts to all of the changes.

fingers crossed for all of our children that they stay fit and healthy and extreamly happy.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/17/2009

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Hi, I am new here my daughter is 8 and was diagnosed at 5 years old. We to experience a lot of this sort of behaviour. We had her insulin changed because of a lot of ups and down every day.



Then the moods got worse and worse the last 12 months have been horrid. After speaking to her specialist we decided to have her checked by a child psychologist and in December we found out she had ADHD.



Her specialist was not surprised as she told me a lot of children with Diabetes have some sort of neurological disorder. I'm not suggesting that anyone elses has just saying what I was told :)

Elaine - posted on 05/09/2009

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Hi my son is 10 he was diagnosed at just before 8yrs.like your daughter he is a placid child but when his levels are high he is jekel and hyde . yelling and crying for almost no reason, sulking, intolerant the works. best i can say to help you is to help your daughter understand herself and realize she is reacting because she is High and take her out of the situation for some quiet time without making her feel punished. they do learn that they are reacting wrong and will eventually come say mum i think I am high. The thing I have the most trouble with is the forgetfulness and short memory that my son gets when he is high .. which is alot as we still have not been able to stable his diabetes.( but that is another post to come )
Elaine

Emma - posted on 03/27/2009

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megan seems to have settled lately we are waiting to see if she can go onto the pump, we have had to write down the pros and cons that she thinks will be involved in this process (if meg wants it i will do anything to make sure that she gets it). all our children are stars they put up with so much and never complain.

thankyou to every1 for all their kind words we are learning to recognise how she is feeling and help her along the way.

hope every1 and their families are well.

Susanne - posted on 03/27/2009

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My daughter is 13.  She was diagnosed at 10.  She has had some spells when her sugars get too low (or too high) that resemble something from the Exorcist.  The worst part is she has no recollection of her behaviors.  We have learned to recognize the symptoms, and she is learning to tell how she is feeling the older she gets.  For our family, after a really bad low spell, we have learned to "laugh it off" so that she doesn't get embarrassed or ashamed in front of family or friends.  Usually after a really bad high, she wants to sleep for a while.

Emma - posted on 02/04/2009

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she is good at school she will always bring things hmoe and ask before she eats them and we will just combind them with her dinner and work out the insulin from that. what insulin is your daughter on meg is on novo rapid 3 injections per day and 1 of levemer.

it is totlly amazing how well they get on with it and cope with all the injections and blood testing .

J - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Emma:

thankyou for your reply she is like a child with pmt she gets so frustrated with the other kids and needs to learn to control this as it is not fair on the other kids either, will try giving water and then we will just have to hope that she learns to control it herself. thankyou


 



you are welcome. You said it, Emma, it's their frustration...and even anger - due to all the pains and some restrictions brought by the ailment. Especially,  if she sees that her sibling can eat anything at anytime and she does not or not allowed to at that moment or if she's allowed the amount is also limited. My husband and i are really seeing to that we are consistent and consequent. We are not giving in just bacuase we pity her. We want her to learn that when she would  be independent from us she can control her appetites and even manage her DM well by herself. So I can just understand how they would feel.



We are so happy with how she does at school. Her teacher is just so impressed how she controls and takes nothing when someone in her class distributes some sweets for his b-day.



I am sure your daughter will learn as time passes and it will be easier for you as parents.  By the way, my daughter, Dane is also 7 and is in 1st grade.



 

Emma - posted on 02/04/2009

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thankyou for your reply she is like a child with pmt she gets so frustrated with the other kids and needs to learn to control this as it is not fair on the other kids either, will try giving water and then we will just have to hope that she learns to control it herself. thankyou

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