There was a time we would give an insulin shot a little bit of time before my daughter ate. The meal would be given and the insulin would impact the body ‘at the perfect time’ to counter the carbs she was about to eat. Ideally.
Sometimes it was a race to the finish line (yes I know my picture used today does not depict the healthiest of foods but you try finding a food, with ‘running feet’ photo).
It also opened the door for mini-disasters. I remember many, many stories about the battles that raged after a child took their insulin and what parents did to get their child to eat so they did not ‘bottom out’ (drop low). Eat, sometimes, just about anything. If the child was a finicky eater, those meals and doses of insulin became a battle ground of anxiety quite often. Which was usually every meal.
In today’s world, I don’t see, or hear of, these battle so much anymore. Modern technology, perhaps; or even the fact that I don’t even have a teen-ager in my house anymore, much less an infant, that I just have not been in ‘that’ circle with that topic of conversation for a long time.
Is it still there? Do you give your child insulin (shots, pump boluses etc) and do you rush to get food inside your child; or with the modern technology now existing, that’s just not a problem anymore?
As I write this, I have this visual in my head of readers saying to themselves, ‘….wow is he really out of touch; what is he EVEN talking about?’ But when it comes to eating and dispensing insulin, please share your experiences with your child. What have you learned? What do you do? When it comes to dispensing insulin and eating, what happens in your house?
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