Hi, I new to all of this. My question is I have a 10 yr old type 1 diabetic she steals food and forgets to bolus when I am not around, can anyone give me advice?

Kathleen - posted on 05/06/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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How can I teach her to be more responsible with her disease. She was diagnosed in 09, this problem began about six months ago.

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Annabelle - posted on 05/08/2013

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Hi Kathleen, I went through this with my neice. It's sooo hard. I had to teach my sister and had to readjust her whole line of thinking. First let me start by saying I'm so sorry for you and your daughter to even have to deal with this disease. My heart goes out to you, her and your family. Also, what I learned is that my sister was trying to compensate by giving my neice sugar then shots so she felt like she wasn't getting left out in the world which in turn made her sicker and more susceptable to thinking she needed sugary crap that I never even gave my own girls. There are so many things you can give your daughter that don't have to be crappy sugar food, I've alwasy brought both my girls up on fruit for sweets and here and there candy so they never felt the need to eat the bad stuff, but there are so many things these days that are sugar free to buy. What I had to teach my neice (my sister) is that when they feel like they can't have it they want it more... kind of like being on a diet~ when you know you can't have it you want it more. AND when it's made a big deal of, it's always going to be on her mind. She is geting told no no, but sees other kids and feeling left out. Also, other kids sneek candy too. You need to talk to her about the dangers or how "un fun" shots are if she messes with her body. Make her understand the most awful thing that could happen if she messes with the sugar or food in her system, she could end up in hospital, do permanent damage etc. show her together (you choose ahead of time the site to show) what could happen. And discuss together how or what she wants that she's feeling hungry for or if it goes deeper than that. Sit her down, she's old enough now. She will not only want to please you but know you are there for her and not repremanding her for being sneaky. Let her know she doesn't need to sneak and she should just talk to you and you will work together to get some snacks that will work. But by all means try not to make her feel like she's special or different, that could cause problems you may have to come.
I hope I've helped. I tried to type as much as I could as clear as I could, I've just been through a lot with this matter. And I know what it can be like the older she gets. You've got a road ahead of you and my heart goes out to you both. Thank God it's a manageable one though and you coming on here shows you are a already a good caring Mama :) Take care
Annabelle

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Kathleen - posted on 05/16/2013

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Dear Annabelle,
Thank you so much for you response it was so very heart felt and moved me to tears.
I have always tried to teach her to eat the right things, however almost everywhere
She goes there is always somebody giving her candy or food without my permission, when I am not around the school is the place were she gets the most junk, the teachers and staff reward theses kids with candy. i have written letters ect. II reached to a therapist that work with type 1 kids. She starts seeing her next week. I have also spoken to her about the damage she is causing her body. Her doctor, diabetes educator and I have agreed that If she continues these bad habits she will have to get off the pump and back on injections. Lets hope with the summer coming and reeducating her she will start taking care of herself.
Thank you again, for advice and wisdom I shall keep you posted.

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Show her what happens when you don't take care of diabetes. Be graphic, show pictures of amputees and what their legs and arms look like.

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