My daughter is 7 years old and can bolus using her pump (she was diagnosed at 3 and has been on a pump since she was 4). We tell her what carb count to enter, she tells us the amount of insulin recommended and then we say yes or no based on whether it sounds reasonable. This has been our process for about a year and had been working fine, until recently. There have been several times lately that I have caught her not following through with the bolus after we have verified the amount (the pump makes a noise that will alert me). We had a really bad night last night. At dinner I told her to bolus and I did not catch that she hadn't and the same thing happaned with my husband at snack time. This resulted in staying up most of the night to get the blood sugar back down to normal. Things are really crazy in our house right now with schedules and such; but I was mortified that we not only missed this once, but twice (IN A ROW)!!!
I am trying to get my daughter to take more responsibility with her diabetes (remembering to test, testing herself and bolusing herself). The problem is, she does these things only when she is forced to do them, never independently. I really do not get the feeling that she is doing it on purpose; she is easily distracted and relies on us to remind her to do almost everything.
Am I asking too much from her at 7 years old? Do any of you have suggestions on what I should do to make sure nothing is forgotten? Any help would be greatly appreciated!