These days, it certainly feels like I am living under a microscope when it comes to my sons Type 1 Diabetes. Having to be in touch with his Endocrinology team every couple of days to discuss what he is eating, how his blood glucose numbers are, etc., it feels like I am always cramming for the final. It can be discouraging when you speak with the “team” and they question everything you are doing, however in the end this is the only way they can gain the knowledge they need for your particular situation. The most interesting as of late is the latest conversation I had with a nurse who suggested I speak with the nutritionist because they didn’t see enough variety on Carter’s log. I should point out that the log consisted of a fine balance of foods, but the one food that was on there the most was sweet potato. This nurse acted like the most consumed item was donuts. I listened to her suggestion and reminded her that I have a 19 month old who, at this stage of his life is pretty particular with the foods he likes to consume and as his pallet expands, the possibilities will be endless. She agreed and understood, and then went on to ask me why he had a couple of high numbers, basically what had I done differently. That’s the thing, I hadn’t done anything differently, and again I know that they mean well and are gathering information in order to change his dosages of insulin, but it’s such a fine dance we do with young children who are diagnosed. Everything they put in their mouths is our responsibility, and though we do our best to feed them well-balanced meals, at this age I find myself grasping at any carb my son will consume as we hover at the 1 hour mark since I gave him the insulin shot…..you know that fast acting insulin that takes effect in 30 minutes, right, now he is 1 hour in which means unless I cover those extra 20 grams of carb that I accounted for when preparing the shot Carter will plummet too low and we risk a coma. So these days, though I make pork chops and dressing with peas and applesauce, Carter’s log shows pork chops, applesauce, yogurt, and a Hawaiian dinner roll. Because let’s be honest here, when push comes to shove, if your child is refusing all healthy carbs, in order to avoid using the Glucagon pen, I will feed him whatever carbs he will consume.