I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was 6 years old and it was a hard adjustment for me and my family. For me, it was just confusing. I had no clue what was going on and why I had to be in the hospital for so long. My parents tried explaining to me but I still wasn't very aware of what was happening.
For awhile my parents did everything for me and I was watching and learning, but it wasn't until the age of 11 that I was really on my own with everything. By then I knew the basics of what diabetes was and how to control it for me. Unfortunately they let me loose when I was going into middle school, and even for a kid without diabetes, middle school is hard.
Middle school was hard, especially 8th grade. I didn't want to leave class to check my BG cause I felt low or high, I didn't want to leave the lunch room to check it for lunch, I felt like I was being restricted and missing out on things because I have diabetes. So, I just stopped checking my BG. Worst mistake ever.I ended up in the hospital two times and had an A1C score of 11.2. It was horrible. The first time I ended up in the hospital, I was actually in a diabetic coma for about 16 hours. I was in my bed at home one minute and the next I was in a hospital bed with IVs in me. You'd think I'd learn my lesson, not checking my blood glucose is bad. I didn't and I ended up in the hospital, yet again, for the same reason.
The last time I ended up in the hospital me, my doctor, and my mom had a nice, long conversation about how we could change my way of doing things. We decided that I needed to cary my BG kits around with me and keep my insulin in my locker for lunch. It worked and it was the best decision I made.
Now, I'm a high school senior, I participate in choir, tennis, have participated in marching band, and my BG and diabetes hasn't controlled me since 8th grade. I can't say that the few things my doctor, mom, and I talked about is the reason why. I found friends who supported me and know enough about diabetes that they're constantly checking in on me. Not only that but sometimes they even check their BGs. I think it's funny. A good support system and motivation got me through my awkward teen years with diabetes.
There's a little bit about me. How I'm dealing with diabetes and maybe you picked up somethings you could try.