I totally agree with you. It’s absolutely a personal choice. But I do think sometimes kids need to be encouraged, especially if the parents feel it’s necessary. In my case, I was getting so little sleep before the CGM because I was constantly waking up and feeling the need to check on her. Yep, totally know that it’s mostly irrational, but she’s my baby and not knowing (and hearing horror stories about kids dropping to dangerously low levels during sleep) resulted in a bit of extra paranoia for me. Also, Sarah’s had a few lows at night (not recently) and has never woken from them – so I have no confidence that a dangerous low would wake her so she could wake me.
I don’t know that Sarah was too excited about a CGM in the beginning either. It’s another site (and a bigger one that we’ve had more issues with, skin wise), and another piece of technology she has to carry. She’s starting to look like Batman with all the gadgets on her utility belt! But for both of us, the piece of mind is worth the inconvenience.
I just think that if the parents feel it’s necessary, it’s good to find a way to encourage giving it a go. When Sarah was first diagnosed, I took her to meet a girl about her age. She saw the girls pump and from that moment forward, worked her butt off to get one. When we were considering the CGM, I showed her blogs and posts of kids/adults with their CGM’s and it helped her feel more comfortable with giving it a try. I thought maybe seeing another young girl with a CGM would help another get over that initial fear.
I agree that these forums are amazing, love hearing all the different perspectives! It’s been an incredible help to us over the last months!