Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vacation Bible School and Diabetes--Progress!

This was Matthew's 3rd year having diabetes at Vacation Bible School.  The progress I've seen in him over the past few years is nothing short of amazing.

Matthew is such a smart kid.  Fabulous grades, avid reader, and---perhaps best of all---he's a rule follower.   Very important when you have diabetes!

BUT, before you jump to the conclusion that I have the perfect child, you need to know that Matthew is much more interested in robots than diabetes.

He would rather play Minecraft than count carbs.  The child would rather do anything besides think about diabetes!

Which is why it's such a blessing to see him taking over more of his diabetes management.

VBS and Diabetes Three Years Ago


I would hunt Matthew down at snack time.  Whenever I asked how many carbs he thought it was, he would say "10" every single time.  He wasn't thinking about the carbs at all, "10" was just the magic number for him.  I would help him get a more accurate count, give him a shot and leave.

Fast Forward to VBS This Year


We would start each morning with a visit the church kitchen.  Once we found out what the snack would be, we'd discuss it, make a plan, and he was on his own for the rest of the morning.  He had his phone and could call me if he needed to, but he never did.

He was amazing.  Even the day his group got a different snack than what was planned!

He rolled with the punches.

Made a good carb guess.  Bolused.

His BG was right where it should have been at lunchtime.  I couldn't have done better myself!

Some days I think he'll never learn to take over his diabetes care, but clearly he's getting it and I'm so grateful.

Related Links
Giving Myself Grace
School Year Wrap-Up

4 comments:

NikDuck said...

Aww...love this, what a great boy you have! It's encouraging to hear how he has grown and taken on more of his diabetes care and has been successful! Those stories give those of us with younger ones hope! I can only imagine what it's like dealing with a growing 10 year old boy and diabetes. I often think how different it would be for us if it was our 10 year old son with diabetes!

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

Matthew is a great role model! I'm so glad to see that he had a blast at VBS.

I'm relieved to see that my boys are not the only ones completely caught up with Minecraft. I soooo wish we lived closer!

Penny said...

Matthew is doing fabulous and so are YOU, Mama! Way to go! The journey is so very worth it.

Kelly said...

Way to go to both of you! To You for paving the path and To Matthew for taking your lead and running ahead to victory!