She began voicing that she really doesn't want mom or dad hovering. So, I'd sit in the car. Maybe I'd go fill the car up with gas or get a car wash, but for the most part, I'd be just outside if they needed me.
We are becoming braver and she is becoming more responsible. So we have begun making new plans for these activities.
Ally is a Brownie Girl Scout. They meet twice a month for an hour and a half. The plan for her Brownie meeting was simple. Her awesome Girl Scout leader sends me a message letting me know if/what the snack will be each time. This week, the snack was going to be a pre-packaged Rice Krispy Treat, 17 carbs and a Roarin' Water drink pouch, 8 carbs. Ally had checked her sugar before the meeting and her CGM was dead on. So, she would not need to re-check her blood sugar at snack time. I told her to look at her CGM to make sure that she was above 115 and that she wasn't headed down. Then, enter 25 carbs just before eating the snack. We wrote >115 and 25 carbs on a small index card as a reminder.
Only there was a snag. She may be responsible, but she is only 8!
The girls were cleaning up as I arrived an hour and a half later to pick her up. I asked her if she remembered to enter the carbs. She looked at me with a panicked look..."MOM! I entered the carbs, but we never had the snack."
They never had the snack! I checked her pump's bolus history. Sure enough, she had bolused (1 unit of insulin) for the 25 carb snack - 30 minutes earlier! She thought that it was snack time and was trying to be responsible and entered her carbs. The troop got sidetracked and jumped to something else rather than having snack at that time.
I quickly gave her a snack and looked at her CGM. It read 100, no arrows. That could have been a lot worse!
I realize that I was a bit complacent. With her recent independence, and amazing maturity, I had no doubt that she could handle this. And she ALMOST did! For a minute, I forgot that she is still a child. She made a mistake.
Hopefully, we both learned a lesson from this. I know that I did.