Almost 12

posted by on 11/28/2012 | 172 comments (leave one of your own)

I consider myself pretty laid back with the kids (and laundry), I let them do their own thing and I try not to hover. Zoe will be 12 in January and reminds me of this fact regularly, so I try to give her the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her handling what she needs to handle.

Unlike most almost 12 year olds, she has to handle Type One Diabetes.

Since she’s been diagnosed, I make sure I change her lancet every night, I always make sure she has enough supplies in her bag, and she has the appropriate snacks and glucose tabs.

She checks her blood sugar on her own, she has no problem poking her own fingers. She calculates her dose, draws up the insulin, and then hunts me down to give her the injection. She can give her own shot, but she usually just rams the needle through her jeans INTO HER LEG and this makes me almost faint. She has absolutely no fat on her body and she ends up with a gigantic bruise with that injection method. I prefer to give her the shot because GOOD LORD.

I’ve been trying to back off a bit regarding the upkeep of her diabetes bag because if she wants to carry around 16 used syringes and 39 blood soaked test strips, so be it. It drives me straight cray, but it’s totally not cool for your mom to follow you around and clean out your bag because “I’m almost 12, Mom” and insert eye roll here.

She went to dinner with my mom and my sister the other night and a few hours later, when it was time for her bedtime insulin, she came into my room with her kit and had a weird look on her face.

“OK, don’t freak out, but when we went to dinner, I forgot to put a new container of test strips in my bag when I used the last one at lunch…so I guessed my blood sugar before we ate and I might be high.”

She “guessed” that she was a 250, gave herself 10 units of insulin (probably through her jeans), put that used needle in her bag, ate a hamburger and french fries, and went on with her life.

She was a 204, a bit high, but not bad for a guess.  But still.

I let this one go, I mean, when I was her age I lost a shoe on the school bus.  I sure as hell wasn’t concerned with my blood sugar.  I did mention to her that all she had to do was call me and I would have brought a container of test strips to her. She seemed surprised and asked, “You wouldn’t have been mad?”

Not in the slightest, my sweet girl. After all, you are only almost 12.

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