Teen Topic 47:  So many things in diabetes care are important.  Do you feel some are less important and can be ignored during periods of burnout? (example: changing your lancet). Or do you feel that once you start letting things go it’s a dangerous downward spiral?

Skylyn (age 16)
I do feel that some things are more important than others when it comes to my diabetes care. The most important thing for me is giving insulin at mealtimes or when I feel high to get my BG numbers under control. One thing I tend to ignore and get sick of is the sensor. It’s wanting a calibration often and the numbers being off is very annoying. Also to me, I feel it is not needed all the time and can be more of a burden than a benefit.

Julia (age 14)
There’s not many things I consider to be “not important”.  I think if you forget to change your lancet that’s not a big deal but if you continually forget to check your sugar or take insulin that could turn bad very quickly.

Erin (age 17)
I feel some can be ignored. I honestly forget to change my lancet a lot and I don’t always check as many times as I’m supposed to some days but some days schedules are different so that factors in to.

Claire  (age 17)
I do feel like when you start to let things go it can turn into a downward spiral. However, I don’t really think changing ones lancet has to be an every check thing, let alone an everyday thing.

Laura (age 17)
I honestly have not changed my lancet in probably a month or two. I feel like little things like that aren’t too important, since there are more prominent things to take care off. (bolusing, checking BG, etc.) Taking a break from the small things isn’t a downwards spiral as long as you keep the important ones in check.

Ashley C. (age 14)
Not really, cause using the lancet example I only change that when its time change. I mean I think it’s really people’s opinions on what you can let go and what you can’t.

Jessica (age 20)
I definitely believe that certain aspects of diabetes care can be ignored while still being in control and healthy. Changing lancets, using alcohol wipes every time, etc. are time consuming and, in my opinion, wasteful. A lancet is good for more than one use, there is no need to get rid of it after one single test. Nonetheless, I believe that the things that can be ignored are few and far between. Furthermore, I agree with the idea that this can lead to a dangerous downward spiral, and quickly. I say this from personal experience. In the hustle and bustle of life it is easy to skimp on one thing, and then another, until finally you haven’t changed a lancet in months, site in days, or checked in hours. What I feel is most important is that each diabetic finds their happy medium. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. I don’t change my lancet that often, but I change my site (and sensor) when I shower. This helps me stay on track and manage my care.

Nick (age 20)
It certainly depends on what kind of person you are. As long as there’s a system you follow, a little slacking is okay. For example, I change my lancet every time I open a new bottle of strips. The only thing I can think of where slacking could lead to a downward spiral is not testing. Once you go a day or two without testing, it’s very easy to stop all together.

Mercedes (age 17)
There are some things I think that are less important, but I don’t think they should be ignored all of the time, sometimes is alright. If you do slack on some of the less important ones you might accidentally  stop it all together.

Cameron (age 17)
Well personally, I don’t even remember the last time I changed my lancet, and I’m still doing really well. Of course you want to change out your pump site (or give a shot for your meal) and test your blood sugar. Other than those two things, all the others can be ignored during periods of burnout.

Lexi (age 16)
Sometimes it depends on the situation. Maybe your site might be falling off, you could probably get some tape for it. Always carry a food source around or anything that’s 12 carbs or more. But sometimes certain things aren’t necessary to carry around every day. Mostly the things you should carry around every day would be your meter, something to eat, and most likely a site or needles.

Vanessa (age 16)
I feel as if no one is the perfect diabetic, and if you are props to you. But changing your lancet every time or changing the needle on your pen every single time you use it, to me is just annoying and I don’t do it. Maybe it’s dangerous for me but I’ve been doing it for 11 years now and I’ve had no problems at all.


Ashley B. (age 16)
I think that some things aren’t as important if you’ve had diabetes after a while. If you know what you use a lot or never use then it’s easy to rank them on their levels of priority. Changing lancets isn’t something that I really do that often.


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