Time and time again, the importance of the Diabetes Online Community has been mentioned by myself and others. It is an incredible place to share ideas, share accomplishments and troubles, and to simply learn no matter how long you have been at this game.
I wish my son was more involved but he remains one of the few teens in the industrial world who has minimal interest in technology and social networking. He has a FaceBook account that he reads on occasion. He almost never adds comments or posts a status. He will never send a tweet or a friends request. He occasionally “meets” new people on his XBox but even that is minimal. I have had friends in the DOC whose children have “friended” him but I do not hear of many conversations between them. That may change over time. I can’t say. In the meantime, I continue to interact with friends and learn for the both of us.
The importance of continued learning struck me the other day. A good friend had asked a question about the best way to deal with a high protein meal. She is well versed in diabetes care but was being troubled by how protein was creating havoc in the bg levels of one of her children. With great interest, I read through the many comments and suggestions that she received.
I realized that we had had a similar issue with my son. If he had lobster for supper or a steak and salad, I was often at a loss as to the best way to proceed. One person with diabetes stated that she didn’t bolus for protein but she would temporarily increase her basal rate. That made a lot of sense to me and seemed relatively easy to try.
The next time that I spoke with my son I told him about this revelation. He asked if it would work for a bacon and egg breakfast because he loves a good pan of bacon and eggs in the morning. I said yes! The amount of added basal and the time to extend would be something that he would work out for himself but he really wasn’t adding a lot of insulin to his system at any given time.
He thought this was a great idea. I was impressed that he took the knowledge and was open to learning how to incorporate it into his own diabetes care. He is being given a lot of information at the moment but I am proud to hear that he is also listening. He has told me of some things that he thinks the educators are a bit out to lunch on. I reminded him that this is his disease. He needs to take in what they say, weigh it against what he knows about his own body and then go forward. They may have great advice but it may not work for him. If he knows this in advance then its okay to say that it doesn’t work for him. If he hasn’t tried it, give it a shot, he just may learn something new!