|The Boys were so excited to have a tube carriage to themselves.|
They key as a parent; is recognising the signs, generally when Jacks blood sugar levels go low he becomes stroppy. At times quite nasty, when he is very low. In the early days he was unable to recognise the signs, this always meant an argument would ensue to get him to test his sugar. We are very fortunate that although there has been some scary moments he has never gone low enough to be hospitalised. In fact fortunately we have only had 2 incidents where he was extremely low “that I would rather not experience again” on these occasions Jack has really worried me.
Minor Hypo’s should be avoided too, but when you are as active and sporty as Jack, it is very difficult to calculate some days. I am pleased to say, that these days, he is able to recognise the signs. Generally he feels hungry, this usually means his sugar levels are dropping. Once he recognises the sign Jack is able to test his sugar and if he is low; take a glucose tablet or eat something. Then wait for five minutes and re-test his sugar to ensure his sugar has gone up, if it had not then take another glucose tablet.
It is important to always be prepared, to be ready for these occasions I always ensure I travel with; Glucose tablets, lucozade “if we are away, I always carry a bottle for emergencies” energy drink for general sporting activity, and snacks. Fruit is better as it has slow releasing sugar rather than sweets which create an instant sugar rush, although they can be handy during a hypo.
We are so lucky that Jack is able to recognise the signs and has the sense to listen to his body and eat when he needs to. I just hope he continues to be this way into his teenage years.