Friday, December 30, 2005

To check or not to check, that is the question?

How do you know when your 3 year old is being a normal 3 year old, or if he needs his sugar checked? I mean, how unfair is it that when he shows any different emotion than normal, I'm sticking his finger? If he's fussy, I check. If he's drowsy, I check. If he's bouncing off the wall, I check. Today I checked because when he was taking a nap, he was sweaty. (He was 75 at 2 in the afternoon though, so I'm glad I checked). Still, I worry that eventually he'll just stop expressing emotion all together, because when he does his psycho mom brings out the lancet and sticks his finger.

On another note, Holden finished the written part of driver's ed. today and passed it. He starts the driving part tomorrow. I'm really not ready for this.


Christine said...

This is a tough situation. I never really thought of it. Luckily, pretty soon your son will be able to tell you when he feels low, and you will stop needing to test every time he is emotional. Also, your son views fingersticks as part of life, not a punishment, and that is good.

GOod luck.

Anonymous said...

Even though Hannah is now 7 and can usually detect extreme highs and lows, I still check her sugar when she is acting out of normal for her (and have learned to check her before I put her in time out for really acting up - sometimes she is acting up - but sometimes it is because her sugar is out of whack). I have just learned it is better safe than sorry.

She now will even recheck if she doesn't think what she got is right. The other day she checked at lunchtime and it was 450 - she said she didn't feel bad and that couldn't be right. It was right and then I figured out I had neglected to bolus her breakfast. We are human!

I am enjoying reading these blogs and glad I hooked up with them.

Mom from Greensboro

Shannon said...

I used to check Brendon for all the reasons you do when he was Riley's age.
I still check him when I think his moods are too extreme.

His nurse educator told me it's better to check him too often than not often enough.