Hi Michael, Yes I have since learned from my son that this child is a bully. This is the first time he’s ever mentioned it to me. It was kind of weird, pointing at people and saying this person or that gave him diabetes. He says he told him that No, it’s just a disease, and left it at that.
Unfortunately when I have tried to ask the school on possibly educating these kiddos about it (just taking a few minutes of class of explaining and letting them ask questions), it’s like it has become a taboo subject. Oh no I can’t possibly do that! It must be a trained professional. I can understand but a trained professional does not know my child and how his diabetes works. I gave up asking a couple of years ago. He deals with it like a soldier. It’s all he’s ever known.
However, the school nurse and I think he is beginning to rebel a bit. His classes had incentives the other day (treats in class), and he did go ask and get tested beforehand. He ate the treat when he was told he could not, resulting in him being over 300, 20 minutes later. He then lied to her, his teachers and I about eating it although his BG said otherwise. He then did it again the next day I think it was.
It breaks my heart as his mom that he has to live with it, and we do accommodate sweets when we think it’s ok. It’s not like we keep our kids from sweets and candy at all. I just think maybe the rebellion has started early, or he really doesn’t get exactly how serious his diabetes can be.
I know this is getting long but I feel I need to say these two other things. One two different nights last year, it was just before bed and he said he felt a little low. He was fully alert and awake as much as any kid would be who doesn’t want to go to bed. He tested one night 32, and the other 28. He got full glasses of juice for sure!
The other thing is something we confirmed with a semi scary event. We had been watching some Halloween baking shows all day and he went to put away something in the trash can. At night our house is fairly dark. He had seen what he thought was a ghost, it freaked him out and as he turned to run back to the living room (we live in a trailer), he tripped on his feet and passed out. In all these years he’s never passed out. Even with the 32 and 28! He went flying to the floor with the momentum, taking a chair with him. His eyes rolled back and his head was limp. His dad lifted him and I tested him, he was 51. Which we find as a normal low. My mother came out of her room in a panic, then tried to get him to eat sugar from a spoon. I was trying to get around her to get him juice. When I grabbed his face, I felt his jaw had locked. It took him a good minute to respond to me and open his eyes. He then let me give him the juice, which he drank heartily. We concluded that his adrenaline must have made him do this. It was his dad’s white shirt hanging on a black hamper by the way. We are not haunted.
If you have stayed with me this far, thank you. I don’t have another person to talk to about this stuff.