- I Feel Awful
- July 19th, 20:12
I had to take our 12 year old son for his diabetes check up today, (he was diagnosed with type 1, 4 1/2 years ago and what a hellish day that turned out to be.)
Our local health authority have just started a new yearly check up - it was a 2 1/2 hour long appointment, split into various sections.
First it was to the nurse for height, weight, blood pressure, HBA1C (gives an idea of how well his sugar has been controlled over the last month) and Blood Glucose level, next was a chat with another nurse and dietician along with two other families with same aged children, this was mainly to see how much the kids knew about dealing with their diabetes.
Then it was the dreaded blood test, oh my, how I hate this bit. Daniel screamed the place down, he's got an abject fear to blood tests and the needle (he's fine with his own insulin injections and finger pricks) I felt like such a bad Mum making him go through this. he took one look at the needle and drew his knees up to his chest, not letting the nurse any where near his arms. She ended up getting the play specialist in to try and distract him, but that wouldn't work either.
We tried sprays and creams to numb the area I even offered for them to take my blood so he could see it doesn't take that long and is over so quick, but no, he cried and got so distressed he was hyperventilating and couldn't breathe, it took 15 minutes to calm him down again, in the end they had me and the play therapist holding him round his body and two nurses holding his arm to take the blood. I was about in tears myself, I don't know how I managed to hold them back, I knew If I cried it would upset him even more. In all it took 45 mins to get his blood test done and left me feeling like the worst Mum in the world.
Ten minutes later it was like nothing had happened,he sat and said it wasn't as bad as he'd thought. I still dread the next one, he has to have two a year, this one for diabetes and another for ADHD and Aspergers. I just know how it's going to go.