Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Love / Love-Not-So-Much

My youngest son, Tyler, has been using his Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for about a month now. I have stated before that I love it. I still love it, but some times not so much.

I love the fact that I can “peak in” on his blood sugar levels without having him poke his finger.

I love that it lets him know he should check his blood sugar because his levels are either too high or too low.

I love that I can keep the receiver in my room at night and it will alert me for the same reasons. This way he can stay a sleep and not be bothered by it.

I love that it will keep alerting me until I do something about his sugar levels.

I ultimately love the peace of mind it affords and the tighter control we have on Tyler’s glucose levels.

But some times it makes me no so happy…..

I don’t like it when it alerts that his blood sugar is low/high when in fact it is the opposite.

I don’t like it when it alerts me all night long, even though I know it is only doing its job and the real problem is I can’t get Tyler’s glucose in range for whatever reason.

I don’t like that he has to have another device stuck on him and the he has to carry around another electronic device. He already has to carry his pump and meter with him all the time.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, this new tool will keep his numbers under better control. I know that this tool is helping him with his “Duh – I’m a teenager” moments, and me with my “diabetic care team blues”. It is just too much info at times.

DIABETES SUCKS

Don’t let my little rant discourage you from trying out this new tool. It really has changed our lives for the better. I do sleep better at night, when it isn’t alarming. The alarming is a good thing. It is letting you know there is an issue that needs to be resolved.

Any advice on raising a teenage boy with T1 diabetes? Or experiences with CGMs that you would like to share?

Teenagers…. oh my!

So I have two teenage boys who I am sure are becoming less mature each day. So last night I chose to leave the boys at home so I can visit a friend. I thought this would be an easy event, but I was wrong. When the boys and I got home I instructed them on what needed to be done. I didn’t need them to do much in the way of chores but I did need them to pack everything for our quick trip this weekend. I stayed until the chores were done, since I figured this particular item on their to-do list would most likely not get done. Once I was satisfied with the vacuuming and sweeping they had done I grabbed my things and headed for the door. I reminded my oldest that his laundry had to be finished so he would have clean clothes to take on the trip. I let him know that my clothes weren’t quite finished in the dryer and to please leave them in the near by basket when he moved  his over. The last thing I said before I shut the door was that they needed to eat in an hour, which would be right around 6 pm.

Then I high tailed it! I wanted just a couple of hours of kid free adult time. The last little bit I could get before we head out today. I love my boys but they have really been working my nerves lately. I thought I would do us all a favor and get some separation before we to spend the next 71 or so hours together.

I am here to tell you that they must have really enjoyed my idea and used the free time to do absolutely nothing. I had to call my diabetic son around 6:45 pm, to make sure he had eaten and to find out how his blood sugars were doing. He hadn’t even thought about eating. I instructed him to immediately feed himself and let me know what his blood sugar was before he ate. I left the conversation at that since I could already tell I would not be a happy person when I returned home. If the boy could be bothered to feed himself, then him and his step-brother must be occupied with doing something they aren’t supposed to be doing, like watching TV. You see, both my boys thought it would be a great idea to bring home progress reports with C’s and D’s. How did they get those C’s and D’s you ask? Simple, they just didn’t feel the need to turn in some of their assignments. Zeros are never tolerated in our house. C’s and D’s are only acceptable if they are having a hard time in a particular subject, but only after going to tutorials and studying. None of those applied to either child for this particular progress report.

When I returned home I found that my oldest hadn’t moved any clothes around in the washer and dryer, my youngest hadn’t packed his bag with the clothes I had already approved earlier, and I could tell the TV had been recently on. I let them know that I was completely disappointed with them for doing NOTHING while I was gone and that they will continue to be under 24/7 adult supervision for the rest of their lives.

The trip is today and I am dreading it. I do not understand why I have to hold the hand of a 13 and 15 year old in order to get them to do what they are told. At this rate I am afraid they will never be able to move out of my house when they become adults. It will not be from my lack of instruction, but from their complete laziness.

I know I can not be the only one with brain-dead teenage boys…… am I?  Anyone…….anyone…