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From New Orleans, Louisiana, USA:

My son refuses to take insulin. I am tired of fighting him about taking his shots. I do not know what to do. My son's doctors are saying I have to give him his shots. I get distracted very easy with the other kids and it's very hard to watch that he takes his shot. I would like to get him on the pump but the doctors say he has to follow this packet before he can get the pump.


If your son does not take his insulin, then as the responsible adult(s), you have to make sure that he gets his insulin. It really doesn't matter how much else you have to do - this is your major health challenge at the moment. An insulin pump will not solve this problem, unfortunately. A key question is why is he refusing insulin injections and this requires some serious psychological questioning and therapy, perhaps involving the entire family. Sometimes this is a way of asking for more parental involvement. Sometimes it is just anger. If you can get to the bottom of this dilemma, you may find more cooperation from your son. Go back and discuss further with your diabetes team. Rather than let your son do internal damage from omitted insulin or get into problems with ketoacidosis, give the insulin at all times and then you no longer have to worry so much about omitted insulin while you can work on the other problems.


Original posting 6 Feb 2004
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections and Behavior


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