Oh they definitely looked at my blood sugars until I was a teenager.
But they wouldn't give me my shots or test my blood sugars. I'm going to venture out and guess that that was mostly my dad. My mom would have given me my shots and checked my blood sugars for me until the cows came home. I hated it at first, I was terrified of needles and I didn't like pain. I used to get super mad at my dad for not letting anyone help me, but now when I look back I'm super thankful.
I'm not saying its not a huge responsibility, because it is, no doubt, and for kids who are diagnosed younger it definitely is a different situation and there is a point to what people say when they say it depends on the person. but I also think my dad had the right idea, no diabetes isn't fair, and no it's not my fault I got it, but the fact simply was that I had it, and I still do, whether I thought I was ready or not, whether my mom thought I was ready or not, you have to get ready. In my personal thinking, I'm glad I was forced by my dad to step up and take the wheel early on. Not saying that it's necessarily babying someone, but at a certain point, you have to step back and tell them they need to take care of themselves. Some children are self motivated, before I got type 1 I was not, now I totally am.
One thing I tell every new diabetic or a struggling diabetic: "Don't let Diabetes define who you are right now, let diabetes HELP define who you're going to be"
Diabetes will most likely always be apart of my life, but it will never control it, because I won't let it.
I am 20 years old, I live on my own, I am fortunate enough to already have a great career that I love, I'm in a great relationship, I have great friends. I grew up playing sports, most of the time ahead of my class in school. I was in theatre, I took trips with friends without my parents, I live a great life, I eat cake when I want to, and I take insulin when I have to. I love my life.
I know diabetics who are 30 and still live at home because they don't know how to live life on their own. they could never play sports because they were never healthy enough. They didn't have many friends because besides school they couldn't be away from their parents outside of school because they didn't want to give themselves their shots. Each one of us chooses how we're going to deal with this. Parents are a HUGE part of that choice. If we don't have a reason to chose to become independent why would we?