@mawa316 Hi Matt, and let me welcome you to our JDRF TypeOneNation Forum! - a wonderful place to find comfort, and learn much about living with someone, and with a loved one, who has diabetes. Yes, you have learned a few of the “basic necessities” for managing diabetes (TypeOneDiabetes can not be controlled - it has its own mind); managing diabetes is an ongoing learning process, and I’m still learning even though my diagnosis was in the 1950’s. Just keep asking questions, and sort through what you hear and apply to caring for your son. What is your son’s age?
Don’t be too alarmed by your son’s glucose levels being in the 200’s and 300’s at this time - it will take a while to find the correct insulin dose and the timing of his injections. As time progresses, you and your son will learn how to make minor adjustments in insulin. Managing diabetes focuses on learning a balance between food, activity, and insulin; additionally there are dozens of other factors that affect glucose levels.
My suggestion, focus on the positive. Even tho you are scared, try to remain positive with your son - these days, with awareness and self care, diabetes should not put any limits on what your son can achieve, and in fact, with his growing awareness of his need to listen to his body, he may lead a longer and more fulfilling life than the general population. That’s my personal experience.
Another thought, “good” and “bad” are never terms to be used to describe a blood sugar check; use in stead, “in-range” or “out-of-range”. Finger-stick checks and lab tests are to be used as pieces of information to be used to make treatment decisions - such as adjusting insulin or adding food [carbohydrates] at certain times of day or during or before, exercise activities. There are many “diabetes tools” you will be hearing about, but it is my strong belief that until you son masters the very basic “how he feels” he should stick with his BGM [blood glucose meter] and injections with a needle. He, unless he is very young, should be able to recognize when his glucose level is dropping and that he MAY need to eat something and adjust his activity. The same principal applies to when his BGL [body glucose level] is getting extraordinarily high. All the “tools” instruction manuals tell us NOT to take action unless our bodies are giving us similar instructions; in time, if his doctors prescribe, he could begin using some of the assist mechanisms. Note: I currently use an AIDs [Automated Insulin Delivery system] , fully automated where the only “hands-on” for me is to enter carbohydrate count estimates.
From time-to-time, I may offer you SUGGESTIONS for how you assist your son manage HIS diabetes; keep in mind that my writing is based on my experience and that I am NOT a licensed medical professional.