In an effort to get Liam thinking about how his body feels which will ultimately lead to, we hope, unlimited independence when he’s older, we’ve started playing a game with Liam that the amazing @Eric taught us, and Liam is having fun with the game. He’s not gotten close yet, but he does give us numbers and we’re certain that, over time and by playing this game constantly during every “blood stick”, he’ll become “aware” of his body.
We’re having a lot of fun playing this game with him and I would recommend it to any parent of a younger child. Teaching them to understand their body at an early age will help them in every aspect of their d-management when they get older.
If you’re unaware of the game, it goes like this:
During “finger stick” time, ask your child what he or she thinks their “number” is. After declaring to Liam “It’s time to BEAT…THE…DEXCOM!!!”, I then ask him, “How do you feel? Do you feel low, normal, or high?” When he gives me an answer, I then say “What number do you think you are?” Right now, he’s still learning the numbers associated with each of these areas because when he sometimes says he feels low, he’ll follow that up with a number of 215 or something like that. So, we just repeatedly teach him what numbers fall within each area, and continue asking him during each finger stick.
For us, “low” is anything under 70. Normal is anything between 70 - 180, and “High” is anything over 180. So, after we do the finger stick and we see the number, we explain to him where the number falls and congratulate him on his guess. For now, we always tell him “You were close!”…even when he’s a hundred off.
The point of the game is for Liam to be closer to the actual BG number than the Dexcom displays. If the Dexcom reads 155, Liam says he feels 140, and a finger stick shows that Liam is 135, Liam just “Beat the Dexcom.”
We’re looking forward to teaching him, over time, how to guess correctly, based on how he feels.
As always, I’m ever grateful to @Eric for his valuable contributions to Liam’s continued health and knowledge.