I wish my son were a little MORE dependent. Not really, but that not-fully-developed frontal lobe and I keep banging heads about how important control is. For example, before the National Honor Society induction a couple of weeks ago, I talked to him before we went. I posited that there would probably be punch and cookies and that is would be a good idea to inject between the ceremony and the reception. He agreed. But we get there and he decides not to inject. 20 minutes later, up he walks munching on cake and sipping punch. And sent his blood sugar soaring. Grrr.
My son's supplies are a wreck. He has one main box that he keep stuff in and it's constantly shuffled between school backpack or a JDRF backpack that we got in the hospital (that has a cool insulated pocket in the back). USUALLY, he has what he needs and if he isn't going to school, has the JDRF backpack. He doesn't seem to mind it. I've asked if he wants me to buy him anything less obvious, but he doesn't seem to mind. But keeping the supplies neat and orderly is not one of his priorities. It was causing a problem with going through too many supplies, so now we keep the bulk and he has to come ask for more (I need needles). And while we will never punish him for diabetes or numbers, he does lose the iTouch if there are uncapped used needles in public areas of the house.
My son doesn't like to talk about diabetes. WHY do we have to TALK about it!?!?! He doesn't hide it. He's been very open with his friends and injects publicly. (Lately, that also includes through his jeans!!!) But he feels no need to talk about it and violently is opposed to the idea of talking with a diabetic specialist about what he is feeling. (We've brought this up because he confessed one bad night to feel stressed out by the unrelenting diabetes.) And I asked him pointblank a couple of weeks ago if his lack of interest in tight control was an effort at trying to ignore diabetes. He would have never said this on his own, but I hit the nail on the head and he agreed. But he doesn't want to TALK about it.