And I've not pushed her. I have felt that when she was ready, she'd let me know. After all, she is a bit independent!
So one night during Winter Break, I decided it was time. She had been showing some interest in it. I thought she was ready.
She tried. But it's a LOT harder to prick your own finger than it is to let someone else do it to you. Even though logically she knew it didn't hurt and what it felt like... When does logic ever rule in diabetes anyway?
So I knew what I had to do. I know my kid. I knew she was ready. And I knew just what to say...
"Well, if you're not ready... It IS a pretty "big kid" thing to do.... Whenever you think you're ready to try again, you just let me know."
Worked like a charm.
You could SEE the fire in her eyes. They were so saying, "I'll show YOU whose a big kid."
So she did it!
She was still having a little trouble with missing. And getting frustrated.
So, knowing my Sweetpea as I do, I told her that when she had it mastered, she could make a video. She LOVES making videos. So she sat there on her bed and practiced until she got it.
And since then, she's an old pro!
She still does not test herself all the time. Sometimes she does if I ask her if she wants to. Sometimes she says no. That's fine with me. She has the rest of her life to test her own bg. I don't mind doing it and letting her just be a kid for now.
On Friday, she came into my classroom to be tested before lunch. Our classes eat at the same time so it usually works out perfectly - timing wise. But she was a little early. And I was running a little late. I was finishing up a story/lesson. So when she came in, I whispered to her to get the kit out and I'd be there in one minute.
The next thing I know, she's showing me her meter and it's reading 150.
WOW! She did it all on her own. Without being asked.
She's growing up....
I told her I was so very proud of her for testing herself without being asked. For knowing what needed done and just doing it.
She said, "Yeah... I'm good at it."
So... without further ado....
Here she is!
Sweetpea testing her own bg!