When a child doesn’t get the one thing they really want, they have a few options available to them to get their own way. Tears, temper tantrums, strops and even storming off upstairs to their bedroom with a loud slam of the bedroom door.
Parent tip – fit new carpets so that the door is fairly tight to close, makes slamming doors impossible.
However when your mum doesn’t get the one thing she really wants, it gets really hard. Mum is as bad as me when it comes to chocolate. She may have grew up during the war with food rations, but this hasn’t stopped her from developing a love of chocolate. She’s had it for as long as I can remember. I used to sneak into her bedroom and find the big bar of dairy milk hidden in the drawers of her dressing table. I would have to break off a complete row to ensure it sort of looked the same the next time she took a chunk.
With her sugar levels spiking above the maximum of the monitoring equipment, any food item high in sugar has been on the naughty list. It didn’t stop mum getting access to it though. Before we moved in, we would get her shopping and this allowed us to buy sugar free items. Diabetic marmalade and sugar free Fanta for example and yet her sugar levels remained high. In hindsight I believe it was a combination of a generally poor diet (cooking or rather not cooking for herself) and poor self medication (forgetting to take tablets or dropping them due to poor eyesight). Also during this time, we know mum managed to obtain chocolate. Biscuits, cakes and bars of dairy milk and mars bars. Add that together and no wonder her blood glucose level was above 280 mg/dlmilligrams.
Now that we have moved in, mums access to chocolate has been severely restricted. The good news is that her sugar levels are in single digits which is where I’m told they should be. We have even reduced her insulin levels down from 24 units when she was initially in the RUH to a current 10 units level. However she now wants chocolate. In her eyes, her sugar levels are where they need to be so why can’t she and to be fair, who am I to deny her one of life’s pleasures?
So after a discussion about, sugar levels and the fact that I have to inject her every day and we don’t want her going back to hospital etc etc, I bought her a bar of Fry’s Chocolate Cream thinking should would have a couple of pieces and eat it as a treat over time.
But no, whole bar consumed in a oner. “But I haven’t had it for such a long time so I couldn’t control my self.”
Now if this was your child, you could send them to their room, remove access to some treasured device. When its your mum what can you do? Well I thought I would be clever and wait for a bit and take her sugar level readings to prove my point. 6.4, bugger mum wins again. Looks like the occasional chocolate treat is ok. Saves tantrums in the future I guess!