My 15 (almost 16)year old wants to live w dad

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Registered: 09-09-2011
My 15 (almost 16)year old wants to live w dad
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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 11:03pm

I'm new to this board but I'm having a problem that needs some good advice so please feel free! My son (whos almost 16) has lived w me for 4 years. before that he had lived w his dad for 6 years so we have had alot of equal time raising him. Well he was diagnosed w type 1 diabetes when he was 12 and at that time I felt it was best for him to come home and live w me. (Too many reasons

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Yup. And being insulin dependent is actually less restrictive than if you are using other methods to control your blood sugar (I don't use insulin yet). So long as you don't make it a daily thing, you can have an occasional indulgence like cake or french fries, you just have to PLAN for it. You need to not only have insulin with you, but you need to know how to calculate how much you'll need for what you are about to eat.

I sometimes wish that I could inject with insulin so that I could have a treat. My methods of regulating blood sugar when I have a carby treat are to exercise about an hour after, or to have a drink of wine with what I'm eating (alcohol lowers blood sugar) and maybe another glass an hour or so after eating. Obviously (har har) I choose the exercise more often, LOL.
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Both my parents are/were (my dad passed away a few years ago) type 2. When I was dx, I took it super seriously. I lost weight, started counting and controlling carbohydrates, and exercise (jogging or cycling) at least every other day. I also take meds.

Another friend of mine was telling me about her dad who was dx at 50 and dead at 59. Scary!
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Your mother was fortunate that her heart was not damaged by the rheumatic fever. That was a very common outcome of the disease. Many did not see 40.

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One of my patients, who is a very motivated diabetic, has a treadmill. She says only 15 mins at a brisk-but not insane-pace, will lower her blood sugar about 25pts. *I* would not have done this, but she REALLY wanted to know how much work she had to do, to get what response, so she got on her treadmill, and then stuck her finger--in increments of 15 minutes of exercise, and increments of 15 mins from finish of exercise. I know it's just a drop, but 8 or 10 sticks over a few hours would have undone me!
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Yeah, ouch! Good for her, though, for investigating and *experimenting*. I have a treadmill also and it's one of my most precious possessions. It's such a wonderful thing, especially when the weather is crappy. I can still go for a walk or jog.

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