It was a first, the above text. Joe sent it to me from my mother-in-law's phone. She was watching him while I ran out to the store.
Times are changing.
This year the calls from school are from him, not from the School Nurse.
Each and every call to my cell phone is initiated with a whispery-question-y, subdued Joe voice "Ah... ... mom?" (who does he think is gonna answer?) "I am 72, double down ... should I do a combo bolus heading into lunch?" "I am 45, I was 42 before that ... I think we should turn down the basal..." "MOM!!!" (frustrated) "you don't understand... it is a Substitute Nurse ... she cannot help me with the Beef Taco carb count!"
Times are changing.
He asks to run across the street to play with friends. <*GASP*> Inside their homes even. He checks his blood sugar first. He lets me know where he is at "number-wise". He takes sugar according to his IOB and Dexter arrows. He consults with me, sure. I usually respond to any questions with "what do you think you should do Joe?" Many times he is spot-on. He is excellent at considering possible activity. He is getting better at recognizing the impact of IOB. Once in awhile, I will mention a combo bolus or a temp basal as a suggested action as well. He knows the implications of a bad lows and will boost, boost, boost to avoid them. He does not seem too concerned about highs and does not report them to me. He thinks he is "good-to-go" with numbers in the 200's, even in the 300's, and will head across the street care-free without a word to me.
As he becomes more independent, I notice that we tend to run him a bit higher; we run him a bit higher for "safety-sake". Times are changing. And. With the changing of times, Joe's last A1C bumped up a bit. And. With the changing of times, there are more people involved in Joe's management ... namely, Joe. As with everything else that requires balancing in diabetes care, the carbs, the activity, the insulin; the transference of care, the evolving independence demands balance and careful attention too. During Joe's last Endocrinology appointment, his doctor cautioned me about Joe's independence level with his diabetes care. A "let the reins out gradually ... and ever so slowly" approach was encouraged. Makes sense. Wish me luck.
A day-in-the-life of raising a child with type 1 diabetes.