Just because she is only 5 does not mean she does not know what she is talking about.
Just because sometimes she gets her HIGHS and LOWs mixed up does not mean you can ignore her.
Just because she does not insist you check her blood sugar does not mean she did not tell you.
We are very, very lucky...usually, Cara is very in-tuned to what her body is telling her. Sometimes she gets her highs and lows a little confused, sometimes she cry's wolf about a low because she wants a snack and sometimes she takes a round about way to tell you that she is low but for the most part that kid is dead on!
When she was first diagnosed we would always ask her "how do you feel?" when we did blood sugar checks or we would play the high or low game ( guess your number). I'm not sure if this helped her realize and make correlations to how she felt and her blood sugar levels but I have no problem taking a little credit for that :) But honestly I really think that even without our little games Cara would have been great at telling us about highs and lows. I do know many, many children to no fault of their own or their parents who are unable to feel and tell someone when they are going low.
You would think as good as Cara is at telling us how she feels people would start listening to this kid. I find myself over and over again telling people if she says she is low or tells you she feels weird TEST HER!! My husband is the worst especially when it just does not make any sense that she would be low. But HELLO we are talking about T1 when in the HELL does it make sense? But he is not the only one!
On Sunday we had my nephew's birthday party to go to and in good old Nicole fashion I still needed to get a gift. On our way to the store we picked up Kailyn who was out with friends and then we ran to the store to get the gift. We left Kailyn in the car to watch Cara and the kids. When we got back, we started to back out of the parking space and Cara says "mom I'm low" Immediately I threw the diabetic bag (that is what we call the bag we have all Cara's supplies in) at Kay and said test her. "Mom, she is fine" Kailyn tells me. "No, she said she is low and we test her when she says she is low!" and of course 5 seconds later...3.2mmols. She is low. I turned to Kailyn and asked how long has she been telling you that she was low? Kay was trying to tell me Cara just started when Connor chimed in with the truth. As soon as I left the car Cara told Kailyn she was low and she just ignored her, told her to wait until mom and dad come back, don't worry your fine. Luckily we were not in the store for longer then 5 mins top or who knows how long Cara would have been telling Kailyn she was low until she actually took the time to check her.
Bottom line: NO MATTER WHAT, WHEN A TYPE 1 SAYS THEY ARE LOW...CHECK THEM!!
And the icing on the cake we had no fast acting carbs on us to correct the low. JUST GREAT!! what is this try and stress out Nicole day?
While in the chaos of getting everyone and myself ready for my nephews birthday party I asked my husband to pack the diabetic bag...this is usually my job, however we were running late and still needed to get a gift (story above explained this fact) So he pack everything that we needed BUT he forgot or he actually took out all our fast acting carbs because we were just going to my parents house for cake and ice cream...so no need for fast acting carbs...right? WRONG. He figured all we would need is insulin and a meter. Great, so after ignoring Cara, throwing the diabetic bag at Kailyn, testing Cara, finding out she is low, we have nothing to give her because someone (my husband) cleaned out the bag.
Thank goodness I hoard fast acting carbs everywhere! I had a juice box in my purse.
Bottom Line #2: NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU "THINK" YOU WILL BE AWAY FROM HOME ALWAYS HAVE ALL T1 SUPPLIES THAT YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR T1 ALIVE.