There are people who think that teenagers are hopeless,that they know everything and nothing. I work with teenagers every day and I love them. I see the struggles they have as they grow and the frustrations they have with this crazy world we live in. It’s not all doom and gloom! They have great friendships, and many a belly laugh in their days.
I now add to that the awe I feel for my own child who has Type 1 diabetes. He does everything a normal teenager does, but in amongst that, this is what he does in an average school day, with some realistic complications thrown in.
This will be different to every other person with Type 1 diabetes as it’s not a one size fits all disease. My son does not have a pump. He might choose to have one in the future but at the moment he prefers to inject his insulin.
Growth spurts, hormones and a busy life means levels can be crazy. I read about this all the time in blogs of other people who have children with Type 1 or who have Type 1 themselves.
I showed this daily routine to one of my best friends and she started to cry. That was not the purpose of showing her but it made me realise how amazing our teenagers with T1 are. To navigate the teenage years is hard enough but to add this in is just awe inspiring!
A Normal Day
6.30am Wake up. Clean finger. Blood glucose test. Calculate insulin required. Inject insulin. Wait 15 minutes for breakfast. Weigh breakfast cereal. Measure out milk.
Pack hypo kit for school – check enough insulin, needles, finger wipes, poppers, shapes for the day.
Pack lunch for school. Check that the carbs are enough to cover recess, lunch and extras for emergencies.
Morning tea – recess. Clean finger. Check blood glucose. Have morning tea.
Lunch – Clean finger. Check blood glucose. Calculate carbs. Calculate and inject insulin
Afternoon tea – Clean finger. Check blood glucose, calculate carbs, calculate and inject insulin
Dinner – Clean finger. Check blood glucose, calculate carbs, weigh and measure food, calculate and inject insulin
9.30pm – Clean finger. Check blood glucose levels, inject long acting insulin, write down all blood glucose levels for day, go to bed
The following things can be added to the list on a regular basis:
– Wake up hungry and with a headache due to hypos / high levels the previous day. Have to wait 15 minutes after insulin for food.
– Refuse cake/lollies being given out as prizes and treats in class as you know you cannot snack.
– Hypo at start of morning tea – have popper, wait 15 minutes. Recess ends – no morning tea? Bell has rung. Decision?
-Sport/PASS/PDHPE – just had hypo but levels have come up. Safe to play but where do you keep hypo treatment?
-Hypo at dinner time. Do Blood Glucose test – cannot have dinner yet. Treat hypo – wait 15 minutes. Retest Blood Glucose levels. If levels in range eat dinner.
– BGL high due to having cold /stress of assignments. Don’t want to ask teacher for extension. Feel a bit sick. Stay up to finish assessment tasks. Go to bed at 11pm. Retest Blood Glucose levels.
-3am – woken up for a Blood Glucose test as levels were high/low at bedtime.