Mom Wants A Diabetes Cure

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Clever Diabetic

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, I am making you all aware that my son made his mom look like a chump ;)

When Brendon came home from school yesterday, he asked if he could have a piece of his Halloween candy. I said he could pick what he wants.

He announced that he picked a Kit Kat. After eating it, he dosed himself and then said, "Oh no. When I dosed myself for the Kit Kat, I accidently dosed myself for another piece of candy!! Let me go upstairs and get the other piece I dosed myself for before I get low."

It only took me a second (aren't ya'll impressed with that minute lapse of time?) for me to realize it was no accident at all!

I couldn't necessarily employ tough love in that situation: "No way are you getting that second piece of candy! You will have to live with the consequences and deal with the low you'll get!"

No, tough love wouldn't do at all. That would be abusive.

So now I'll be the one to dose him any time he eats his loot. Yeah, he can pull a fast one on me once, but hell if I'll let him do it again.

Or in the words of the great George Dubya: "...fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again."

If Brendon is doing stuff like this now, what's up his sleeve in the years to come? I'm afraid I'll be duped and never know it!

What kinds of scams and tricks did you PWD's pull on your parents when you were kids?


  • ahahahah...what a stinker. Sometimes I think I overdose on insulin just so I go low and have to snack. It's almost subconscious. It's so second nature now, that I've gotta wonder sometimes, if I've got some tasty treat around, I tend to dose on the high side so that I may go low the dark chocolate M&M's my bf bought me--I just happened to fear hypoglycemia that night and dipped into them. I didn't go low, but I woke at 170, so perhaps I didn't need that extra dose of sugar, y'know?

    It's so interesting how diabetes changes my relationship to sweets and other foods.

    By Blogger Amylia, at 11/02/2007 5:37 AM  

  • Hmm. I don't think I remember ever telling my parents I "overdosed" on insulin, and I'm not sure my parents would actually let me get away with it either. More likely, my mom would have said, "Well, have a piece of fruit to cover the carbs!" so I would have had to sneak the candy...

    My only consistent diabetes trick was the Art of Gym Escapism - where I claimed to feel low whether or not I was anywhere near being low (I tended to only use it when my blood sugar was around 80 or 90 because I could at least claim in good conscience that I *could* go low). It worked like a charm every time. Though I did only do this in high school because that's when I started to really hate gym, and our gym teacher was kind of an idiot. I'm not sure you could pull that off with every gym teacher - especially the ones who are overly concerned with their students' health.

    By Blogger Allison, at 11/02/2007 6:36 AM  

  • Amylia,
    He is a stinker. Managing diabetes definitely affects a person's relationship with food.

    I would've told him to eat something healthy to make up for the OD, but he has a few pieces left and the quicker he eats it, the quicker I don't have to deal with it until next year.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 11/02/2007 8:16 AM  

  • ooh what a tricky little guy! At least he's smart enough to dose for the candy and not just sneak it, so IMO, you've done a great job teaching him that! How can you be mad?? lol

    By Blogger Michelle, at 11/02/2007 8:51 AM  

  • Guilty. I actually did something like this today. I decided that a Reese's would be a fine addition to my breakfast, then I forgot to eat it. So at least Brendon was smart enough to eat what he bolused for. I agree with getting it out of the house as quickly as possible. After 3 days of indulgence we toss it!

    By Blogger Jillian, at 11/02/2007 10:18 AM  

  • Smart little guy you have there!

    And yes this is how all the top MBA programs are - this weekend I'll be working on Cal Berkeley which has 6 essays from whom I'd want to have dinner with to career goals - essentially there are 10,000 professionals vying for about 3,000 spots at the top 15 MBA programs.

    By Blogger Wingman, at 11/02/2007 10:58 AM  

  • Good one, Brendon.

    Oh my, Shannon, what are we in for in the years to come?

    By Blogger Penny, at 11/02/2007 12:05 PM  

  • Oh that boy is a genius!!

    By Blogger Lea, at 11/02/2007 12:52 PM  

  • OMG, what a smart guy. Why do we all make such a big deal out of candy?

    Last year my daughter hid some candy in her room, some of which fell & rolled under her dresser. A month or so later there was funny smell in her room. I vacuumed (it was stuck to the floor in the back) and dusted and washed to no avail. Then one day I got out the flashlight...


    By Blogger Naomi, at 11/02/2007 1:38 PM  

  • Heh, your boy is clever indeed. maybe the next time he tries to pull something like that, give him some gross-tasting glucose tablets instead =P

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. the more time I spend around the DOC, the more the hole will be filled whole.

    By Anonymous Albert, at 11/02/2007 7:22 PM  

  • He happens to like glucose tabs :)

    By Blogger Shannon, at 11/02/2007 7:24 PM  

  • Freaking sneaky.

    OK, so back in the days when we used strips that had colors on them, that you read by hand - comparing colors on a bottle, I - and others - would use alcohol pads to make the colors lighter, indicating a lower bloodsugar. By doing so - I/we could get extra food! Damned strips that aren't read with colors on them foiled that trick.

    I would also, sometimes, unwrap the sugar free and the sugared snack stuff in the pantry and make switches, then hot glue gun them shut.

    Yeah, I was sneaky too.

    Awesome my word verfiy includes "faty."

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 11/02/2007 8:28 PM  

  • Oh my Nicole, I was counting on you to tell me something mischievous. You must sit me down one day and give me the low down on all the tricks I may be up against in the future.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 11/02/2007 8:38 PM  

  • I can give you my list. I had also once or twice done what B did - only when I was on shots.

    I'm sure there are about a million other tricks that I don't know about - cause I'm out of the "try to get stuff I like out of this diabetes thing" loop.


    By Blogger Nicole P, at 11/03/2007 10:41 AM  

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