Sherri
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  • Huntersville, NC
  • United States
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My 18-yr old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. He takes multiple daily injections. His doctor wanted him to try a pump this past summer but he refused. As he moves towards being more independent, he has become more careless with his health and openly admits that he doesn't care and doesn't want to be bothered with testing his blood or correcting a high at times. He thinks he is invincible because he is young. My husband and I have tried everything we can think of to help him understand the importance of good blood sugar control, his doctor his tried, and we are at a loss at this point. I worry about his future and how he will care for himself when we are not around to 'nag' him about it. As much as my family and friends try to love and support, they just don't understand. I feel like I have no one to talk to about this and it is eating me up.

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Sherri updated their profile
Nov 29, 2012
Sherri and Anna Banana are now friends
Aug 8, 2011
Sherri replied to Scott E's discussion 'Glucose Tablet Dust and the little nagging D annoyances'
"I read somewhere recently that those plastic travel soap boxes work great for storing a small juicebox. I have not tried it yet but if I ever remember to buy one I'm going to try."
Jul 27, 2011
Sherri replied to Scott E's discussion 'Glucose Tablet Dust and the little nagging D annoyances'
"The downside: Pen needle covers, old test strips, the occasional used band aid... My teenage son leaves these things all over the house. The upside: It's proof that he is actually testing his bs levels and using these things!"
Jul 27, 2011
Sherri posted a status
"Today marks one year since Alex was diagnosed. We sure have learned a lot this year!"
Jul 27, 2011
Sherri replied to Sherri's discussion 'How do your teens manage their diabetes when they go off with friends?' in the group Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1
"That's a nice case Cynthia. Does it have a handle or strap for easy carrying?"
Jul 27, 2011
Cynthia replied to Sherri's discussion 'How do your teens manage their diabetes when they go off with friends?' in the group Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1
"Hi Sherri, My son was diagnosed 2 years ago and is almost 14 now. He is on an omnipod pump now after a year of multiple daily injections and just recently got a Dexcom CGM as well. He initially hated the idea of having a gadget stuck to his body,…"
Jul 25, 2011
Sherri added a discussion to the group Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1
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How do your teens manage their diabetes when they go off with friends?

Hi all! I am fairly new here. My 17 yr-old son was dx'd with T1 a year ago. He is on multiple daily injections. My question is how do your teens manage their diabetes when they go off with friends? What do they carry their supplies in? Especially boys since they don’t carry a purse…My son does not like to carry his meter and other supplies in the case that his meter came in and he thinks carrying a backpack is “not cool” during the summer. He winds up cramming everything in his pockets and…See More
Jul 25, 2011
Sherri replied to T1Tambien's discussion 'To tell or not to tell...that is the question'
"I agree as well. Please tell them you have diabetes, you never know what could happen. Enjoy your retreat!"
Jul 25, 2011
Sherri left a comment for Theresa
"Alex does not go out very often. He generally just hangs out with kids in the neighborhood or occaisionally goes to the mall to hang out with a few friends. When he is in the neighborhood he usually tests before he leaves home and then comes home…"
Jul 21, 2011
Theresa left a comment for Sherri
"We have not had a need yet to use the glucagon pen. I have not seen the new ones. Thanks for the info. There is type 2 on both sides of our family but not type 1. I agree I wouldn't want your son to worry about it either. As for my daughter,…"
Jul 20, 2011
Sherri replied to hb's discussion 'mosquitos, bugs ect...'
"Have you tried Off Clip-on Mosquito Repellent? It looks like it might work but I have never tried it. Off Clip-on Mosquito Repellent"
Jul 19, 2011
Sherri replied to Mike's discussion 'Do you still indulge?'
"My 17 yr old son has T1 and was just diagnosed a year ago. As long as he eats healthy most of the time, we let him indulge once in awhile. It's all about moderation."
Jul 19, 2011
Sherri posted a status
"Alex went to the Endo last week. His A1C is 5.4!"
Jul 19, 2011
Sherri commented on GrumpyLucy's blog post 'Hello, there!'
"Welcome and thanks for sharing your story! This is a great website."
Jul 19, 2011
Sherri liked MyBustedPancreas's discussion A Funny D Moment
Jul 19, 2011

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At 6:51am on July 20, 2011, Theresa said…
We have not had a need yet to use the glucagon pen. I have not seen the new ones. Thanks for the info. There is type 2 on both sides of our family but not type 1. I agree I wouldn't want your son to worry about it either. As for my daughter, she will ask if she can test her blood sugar every now and again. I don't think she is really concerned about it; however, I guess it is on her mind. Either that or she just wants to check her sugar. She does brag that needles don't bother her where as my son has always hated needles. Does your son do things on his own with friends etc.? If so, how do you handle that? What does he take with him, etc.? Thanks!
At 12:38pm on July 14, 2011, Theresa said…
Cole knows how to take care of his diabetes too and for the most part does very well. It is just the logging of what he did. I try to tell him that the logging is what is going to allow him to be able to know what adjustments need to be made. He just hates taking the time to write it all down. That is great that your younger son is so involved. My daughter watches out for Cole and knows how to use the glucagon just in case but I don't know that she knows how to count carbs.

I have also tried to get Cole on here, but he has no interest. I too think he would get something out of knowing another boy his age who has to deal with diabetes. There is a girl in his grade who is a type 1, but they don't really talk about it. Do you ever worry about your other son getting diabetes? We test my daughter's blood sugar every now and again just to be careful.
At 11:24am on July 14, 2011, Doris D said…
She didn't have as much trouble as I did. She was able to go the whole 9 months with all 3. I only got to 7 1/2 moths with either of mine. We had to keep a constant vigual on our bs readings and watch out for our kids in our tummies. You know after 21 years now I tend to forget how it felt. LOL! We both had to have c-sections b/c diabetics always have bigger than normal babies. Her 1st was at 8lb 2 oz her 2nd was 8 lb 7 oz and the last one was 10 pounds and 2 oz. My girls to be born at7 1/2 months were 4lb 15oz and 5lb 5oz.
At 7:59am on July 13, 2011, Doris D said…
She's now almost 23 (will be on the 10th of August) and she has 3 kids all 4 & under or as I call them "The 4 & Under Crew" LOL!
At 6:59am on July 13, 2011, Theresa said…
My son was diagnosed May 3, 2008. He was 10 then and is now 13. I also have a 10 year old daughter who is not diabetic. Do you have any other children? I think, if given the choice, my son would not log anything. He is more then happy to let me do it; however, his dietician would like him to be logging 75% by the end of summer. Our next appt with her is in August so I am trying to be more hands off and having him do it. I know that it is something he needs to get into the habit of doing now so that when he is an adult it will be just something he does. I here so many horror stories about people in their late teens and early 20's who just do NOT manage their diabetes. My son does not know any other boys who are type 1. Does your son?
At 9:48pm on July 11, 2011, Linda G said…
Glad you like it here :)
At 6:26pm on July 11, 2011, Theresa said…
Yes, this site is very interesting. How long has your son had diabetes? Does he log all of his bs, food, etc or do you still log some for him?
At 9:27pm on July 10, 2011, Linda G said…
Welcome home Sherri....
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups". Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided. Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
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Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes
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There are also groups here for parents of children with D., such as....
"Parents of Kids with type 1" and "Kids with Diabetes"
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Take care....and keep in touch!
At 7:05pm on July 9, 2011, Doris D said…
Tour more than welcome Sheri! My daughter is a Type 1 too. She took Type 1 at 11 and I took Type 1 at 10. I really hope u can find what ur looking for here. I see you've already joined the group I was going to tell you about. I'm late. of course! LOL!
At 5:22pm on July 9, 2011, brokenpole said…
Welcome to the community, Sheri. I think you can find help and support for both you and your teen.

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