Yes, actually, I do.
My daughter, Kait, is a T1...5yrs. She's rebelled in the following ways: not checking bgl, not taking insulin, not counting carbs, not checking ketones, not writing down her data, etc.
I was at a loss because it seemed that no matter how diligent we were, her bgl was always high. For example, it is extremely rare for her to wake up with a bgl lower than 300mg/dl. In August (beginning) she was taking 16u of Lantus by the end, she was taking 28u's. Her food/carb ratio was 1 to 5 for breakfast and lunch but 1 to 4 at dinner. Her morning bgl's were still over 300. I’ve also tried the following: no red meat in her diet, we only eat low fat with some diabetic recipes tossed in here and there, mega fruits and vegetables throughout the day, etc. Basically, we follow the FDA food pyramid.
Anyway, it's very frustrating. I imagine, for her, the feeling is like someone trying to lose weight...you do really great at self-control until you step on the scale only to see that, after all your sacrifice and hard work, you’ve gained a pound. In response to the scales declaration, most people say why bother...and stop dieting. Unfortunately for diabetics, they can't stop diabeticing. Lol!
Well, Kait started on a Novolog JR pen before she learned to give herself shots via a syringe. So, since I had 5 vials of Novolog just sitting in my fridge, I hid all of her pens and made her take her insulin via the syringe. This meant she had no freedom because she could only get her insulin if I gave it to her. It really worked too...for about three vials...cause at that point, she taught herself to use a syringe. Ha Ha! When there’s a will there’s a way. I’d forgotten about that. Anyway, she's doing great now! I check her meter and we discuss her numbers, nightly.
If you're not in a situation to do this, try poker chips. Basically, he gets 1 chip for every check, maybe if he’s dispensed his insulin correctly for the day, he can have 5 chips, etc, etc. At the end of the week, if he has the required amount of chips, he can buy that “something” he really wants or he’ll get “specified amount of $” to put toward that “something” he really wants.
I have a friend who went as far as embarrassing “child” in front of friends. Telling them “child” is not taking care of self correctly and what the consequences are. Yes, the peer-pressure card worked. “Child’s” friends lit into “child” and then started asking “child” about checks, insulin doses, carb counting, etc. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, right?
Think outside-the-box. You know your son and what motivates him. Use that knowledge to come up with a plan that will get him to do what he needs to do. You must, however, stay on top of him, daily.