Q generally goes along with all she has to do to manage her diabetes.
Does she always want to stop what she’s doing when her CGM alarms?
Does she always want to stand next to me for an extra 30 seconds while I enter the information into her pump to give her a bolus?
Does she always want to run back downstairs or back upstairs to retrieve her pump or CGM?
But she does it.
I once heard Dr. Polonsky speak at a social media event about “diabetes vacations.” Diabetes vacations are safe ways to give yourself a break from the constant attention that diabetes demands. For an adult PWD, it might be having your spouse do all your carb counting for a weekend. For a teen it might be having your parent figure out your boluses and draw up your injections.
I had to laugh when I realized a little bit of diabetes rebellion that Q has been dishing up. Maybe it’s her way of taking a break.
A few times recently when I have asked her to check her blood sugar, Q has yelled back, “I’ll do it, BUT I’M NOT WASHING MY HANDS FIRST!”
And I don’t make her.
I give her that break, even though it’s a tiny break.
I give her that control, even though it’s a minor thing to have control of in the grand scheme of things.
She has an entire lifetime ahead of her to deal with diabetes. Why not let this one slide once in a while?
(But we generally DO wash hands. We’ve had false highs from residue before, so if the reading doesn’t match her CGM, I make her wash her hands and test again. Definitely read the post “Go Wash Those Hands!“)