For some of you out there that do not know I have 6 children. What, no I'm crazy..... a least I don't think that I am?? Anywho.....
I have a 12 year old, 8 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old (the T1), 2 year old and an 18 month old,
did I forget everyone??
You can only imagine my house is a mad house, I have kids running all over the place all the time, I have one fight popping up after another (between the kids...of course), I have kids wanting to do this and others wanting to do that, I have mommy this and mommy that, mommy watch me and mommy get that, I have kids constantly wanting something to drink and of course these kids are always asking for food, snacks, when are we going to eat, I am hungry, mom can I just have one, PLLEEEAAAAASSE. FOOD, FOOD, FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
The way that we have been trained and do Cara's insulin is she has breakfast and a shot of insulin, snack, lunch and a shot of insulin, snack, dinner and a shot of insulin, bed time snack and a shot of long acting insulin.
Very straight forward and easy you would think.
Until you throw 5 other hungry and sometimes starving kids into the mix. They all seem to want to have snacks at very different times and the second you tell one that they can have a snack you have a crowd of screaming kids ALL asking for their snack and this includes Cara.
We have tried to solve this issue with having large amount of "free" foods for Cara that matches what the other kids want to eat. So we will buy two different types of yogurts, regular and "sugar free" or "fat free" . "Free" foods for Cara are basically any foods that are sugar free and/ or have 5 carbs or under. So if the kids ask for a snack at any time that Cara is not scheduled to have a snack I will have the kids eat "their" yogurt and Cara can have her "free" yogurt. But this does not always work out.
We also tried having scheduled snack times for all the kids that matched up with Cara's schedule snack but that always ends up in a fight or a whole lot of tears.
The worst issue that we are having is food that is being left out on counters or tables that Cara knows she can not have but will still sneak it.....of course she is only 4. When the kids pull something out of the cabinets the food never finds its way back where it came from. Before you know it the whole bag of chips are gone and Cara was the one eating them. Sometimes Cara is just a little sneaker and she will sneak off into another room to enjoy a wonderful snack that will cause her blood sugar to sky rocket and cause countless hours of me trying to figure out "what went wrong"? When all along it was the 2year old Christmas chocolate that Kailyn was saving in her room, for God knows what reason?.....but yes Cara decided that she was going to eat it and I spent all day and half the night trying to figure out "what went wrong". Finally when Kailyn went to bed the mystery was solved when see noticed her beloved chocolate kitten's body was half eaten.
What is a mother to do??
On another note since Cara's dx almost one year ago she has had issues with sleeping. It takes her forever to fall asleep. Her bedtime is 8:00-8:30, depending on how long I can put up with her (JOKE) but not really. And she will stay up until 10:30-11:00, it's like her body just can't slow down enough for her to sleep. Does anyone else have this issue??