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.
Giving Myself Grace
School Year Wrap-Up