It looks like I’m a little late here, but I want to add my thoughts to the mix. First I’ll affirm what everybody’s been saying so far – work closely with your endo and diabetes educator, and you’ll get used to it in time.
As a teenager myself, though (18 now, diagnosed at 12), I just want to say this to parents: it is hard, and yes, @CoopsMom, I think I went through the stages of grief myself. It took several months to realize this terrible disease would NEVER go away, and I would have to deal with it till the day I die. But eventually I came to terms with that, and I realized that it doesn’t define who I am. Now it’s just part of life. So, anyway, parents, from my experience, the best thing you can do is just be there for them through it. My parents have been excellent (most of the time ) at being supportive without pushy. If blood sugars are running consistently high or low, and they aren’t doing anything about it, maybe say something, but please be gentle, because T1D is frustrating. And (yay teenager-ness!) it’s full of crazy hormones without adding lack of insulin to the mix. Realizing that I could be open to my parents about my frustrations and they wouldn’t immediately try to starting fixing my blood sugars and assuming they knew better than I did what my body was doing – that was a reassuring realization.
One more thing: insulin is a hormone that affects emotions just like all the others. I’ve realized that when I’m high for a while, I get just plain grumpy. Often when I’m low (or dropping), I’m lethargic and tired. Either way, it probably comes across as moody sometimes. So just be aware of that.
All right, I’m done now. Thanks for all the wisdom and honesty here!