Watch her A1C like a hawk. That should give you a heads up if she starts running high to lose weight.
Hi Aimee. I can see that you are a very loving mum and want to do the best for your daughter. From my personal perspective I can say I have always been not shown, but "threatened" by doctors and my mum, who always mention complications when my A1c-s are higher and I can say that just hearing about them is terrifying enough. I don't know how I would react if my mum met me with a diabetic with an amputated leg as a child in order to show me what might happen to me if I don't manage my disease. Knowing the consequences is good, being too afraid of the future is not so much. I was a diabulimic for probably around 7 years. My parents, even most of my friends never knew, but my mum always made sure she knows about my blood sugars and told me about the dangers of them being high. This resulted in me being not honest about my real results and feeling unable to share with her how difficult it was for me to keep up with diabetes (because I thought that I would disappoint her and only be told off and told again about the complications). SO I woud say, if you suspect some day that your daughter has diabulimia, be supportive. Make her feel she can tell you anything and you wouldn't blame her, you would try to understand and support her. But after all, with all my heart I wish diabulimia will never happen to her and you.
Thanks for the advice. I will definitely do my best to come to her from a place of support instead of criticism as I would like her to feel comfortable sharing with me. I struggle with this a little as a parent. I came from a fairly strict household and my parents did not talk to us much about the real world. Us kids did not share much regarding our lives with our parents (especially if we sensed they would disapprove). I try to keep the lines of communication open with my kids, but there are still times when I think they withhold certain things from me... I would guess this is the case with most kids, but I would like to change this.
I will just have to keep working on the balance of teaching my kids the right way to handle themselves, but letting them know that I am there for them if they struggle. I make a point to apologize to them when I am wrong because I think it is important to recognize that nobody is perfect and there is always a way to redeem ourselves and change things for the better.
It sounds like you are in a better place now. I hope that all goes well for you!
Thanks, Aimee! it is great you are so careful in your parenting! Keep up and all the best:)