My 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with T1D almost a month ago. Although she and our family have been on an emotional roller coaster ride the first couple of weeks, she has been really great with checking her own BG and helping to prep her insulin pens.
However, in just the last couple of days, she started getting really angry and upset. She gets frustrated when it’s time to check her BG. She yells and even starts hitting me and says she wants to die.
Prior to her diagnosis, she was heavily involved with her dance company, dancing ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, etc. She is also a singer and actor, and she had a lead role this summer in her children’s theatre production this summer. She also played community basketball. However, right now, she wants none of that. She went to her first dance class after her diagnosis and hospital stay, but broke down crying. She never returned since then. Every time I mention or asks if she wants to go back to dance or even dance at home, she starts yelling and gets angry at me for talking about it.
She will occasionally go on walks with me or dance casually at home, and she will attend school. She enjoys school. At home, She loves drawing, coloring, creating arts and crafts, making slime, watching movies on Netflix and YouTube. It seems that this is her way of coping, and right now her only way.
I am constantly a nervous wreck, always worried, and always crying about everything! Her hair is also falling out, and this terrifies me. I was doing okay with meal plans, insulin injections, and overall managing things, but since she has become so angry, I am so emotional and overwhelmed. She refuses to see any therapists or talk to other kids with T1D.
Does anyone experience this? Any pointers?
Thankful for this forum!