Monday, June 28, 2010

D is for Diabetes, but also for...

Diapers! As in, "it potty training time"! Now, I've never potty trained a child without D, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it's kinda difficult on a whole 'nutha level.

Elise has actually done fantastic when it comes to going pee on the toilet. She actually can do everything by herself, including pulling her underwear and pants down, getting up on the toilet, wiping herself, getting back down, and washing her hands. She's in underwear full-time, except for at nap time and night, and the first thing she asks for when she gets up in the morning is to put on her underwear. My kid is exceptional at this pee-pee stuff.

Except when her BG is high.

And when this becomes a problem is when we're out in public. Like the other night, Fred and I were out with Elise, shopping for a new sofa. On a side note, have you ever done this while pregnant? Don't. Because you will be so tired from dragging your booty around showrooms the size of football stadiums, that you will be tempted to buy the first thing you set said booty down onto. No matter how ugly and floral the pattern may be.

Anyway, as Elise careened around the store, flinging herself onto various furniture types, I kept praying that her tiny, inexperienced bladder wouldn't let loose on anything that was for sale. Or if she did, she choose leather, so we could just wipe it off.

On the other hand, it would have been a fantastic way to test that pricey stain-guard every salesperson kept trying to sell us on.

The reason I was so nervous is that her BG was in the mid 300s due to a weird post-dinner spike.

Then, a few days ago, we were at our local rec center's open gym time. It is so wonderful... a huge, air-conditioned gym with bunches of free-range children mucking about while the Moms and Dads can just sit and relax. They have tricycles, gym mats, giant padded blocks to build forts with... and (gulp) a bounce house. Which Elise spent most of her time in.

I kept a very watchful eye on the house, waiting to see a mass exodus of children spilling out from the opening; screaming that someone had pee-peed in the bounce house and that someone happened to be my poor, little girl who was running around with a BG in the mid-200s.

Thankfully, in both instances, nothing happened. But it still worries me. I don't want Elise to suffer any embarrassment or shame for something she can't really help. She gets upset at herself when it happens at home, and I'm very careful to act like it's okay. But other people don't understand, because they don't know.

So for the next little while, people will probably hear me ask my child is she needs to use the toilet about every 10 minutes or so, and think I'm a little nuts because of it.

But I don't mind. Just another thing on the very loooooong list of what makes D such a pain.


  1. Good for Elise! I know - it's hard. Avery was pretty much trained - until dx. Then she totally backslid and we had to start from scratch. Dang D. We STILL have troubles when her bg is high. It's frustrating. Luckily, it only seems to frustrate ME. She is completely unbothered by it! Oh well.... Hang in there!

  2. The things you don't even think about when you don't have kids with diabetes! (Or kids at all, in my case.)

    Good for her for holdin' it like a champ!

  3. You know what ladies I have to go alot when my bg is high too so I am in the mall and am running or walking really fast to the bathroom so those two little girls have nothing to be embarassed about and neither do I . It is normal is what I am trying to say and kudos to elise and avery for getting the pee pee down pat .

  4. OK...I feel your pain. Actually...and I don't share this with ANYONE, Joe is still wearing a pull-up at night (he is 7). I don't make a big deal about it. My husband drags his limp carcass to the toilet every night at 11pm...but I just cannot do it at 3am...A) I don't want to do anything more than a BG check, give sugar or insulin depending on the number and B) Joe is getting HEAVY...I cannot drag his limp body to the bathroom. So...I get it. Hang in there and know you have "support vibes" coming from the "Portuguese Princess" from Vermont. xoxo

  5. I can't imagine how frustrating this must be. My 5 year old non-d boy still isn't the best at making it to the bathroom on time, and it's so much more difficult/puzzling for you. And to top it all off you're pregnant! I remeber being the size of a car trying to potty train my older ones... it ain't no easy feat crouching down to help with teeny undies! Hang in there!

  6. Ohhh I so hear you on this. Liam is in a pull up at night. Well, back in a pull up at night. He was trained before the diagnosis, but these high blood sugars get us. And if it's not the highs, it's the 2 juice boxes he ends up drinking in his sleep to battle the lows. We haven't made too much of a big deal out of it, but in the last few weeks, he's started having accidents during the day. And he does know. He's tried telling me he spilled water on his lap to avoid the shame I know he feels. I hate it. But it's the worst always worrying it may happen out in public, where I know that even if we aren't judging him, at his age, other people probably are.

  7. Congrats for Miss Elise!

    You guys are doing a fantastic job. I've potty trained 3 kids, and the one with D was, by far, the hardest.

    Celebrate this victory :)

  8. It is for sure complicated...but I promise it can be done! I am the queen of making the boys go to the bathroom...even if they swear they don't have to..."Sorry! You are going!" I totally feel you on the worry know I've been there sistah!

  9. Joanne - we are in San Angelo. We did stop for about 45 minutes in Dallas on our way here. I wish we were closer! I would love to see you ladies!

  10. PS Good luck on the potty training. That is my least favorite part of being a mom!

  11. I think it's great that Elise is doing so well with potty's hard for any child but when you add D to the mix and some high blood sugars it gets tricky.

  12. thankful I ran across this post as Isaac has decided to potty train himself, but it all goes to pots when he's high. I've been trying to have him use pull ups but he isn't into that...I guess we'll just keep going with the flow (so to speak) and trying our best together.


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