some advice for you. we too are fairly new to diabetes. andrew was dx in november. it has been a total shock and life changing experience. however, what i have learned. you have to find an endo you are comfortable with. if they make you feel ignorant or like a bad parent, you may need a new one. if you are like us, you're options are limited but we gladly make a 1 hr drive to ours because she is awesome and devoted to our kid. i send weekly updates by email and she makes her adjustments accordingly. don't be pushed around, make the endo know that its your child and noone else cares more or has your childs best interest in mind. have a heart to heart with the endo and tell them your concerns and hopefully they will ease them. with the highs, yes high sugars over a long period of time will cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves but its not as dramatic in the short term as lows. lows are scary. andrew had 2 "tonic clonic" seizure from lows. i put in quotes because hypo seizures are different from you ordinary seizure activity in that they can't be prevent with medication only prevention is to prevent the sugar from dropping too low. what i am trying to say is that with the highs. it does take time to adjust the insulin regimen and many times with the endos they make incremental adjustments to prevent the lows. what many people don't understand is that the brain has to have a continuous supply of glucose for all its functions from involuntary things like breathing, cardiovascular control, and temperature control to the voluntary things like thinking, movement, etc. also, while this is going on in the child the brain is growing and getting larger and the brain needs glucose to grow to prevent stunting the growth. the endos many times don't won't to drop a childs glucose levels too fast because of this because in the short term preventing lows in a child is more important than the highs. what i am saying. highs are scary and we all want our kids sugar in the normal range. when she is high make sure she is hydrated because the sugar will dump in her urine and take the water with it. encourage water, even if you have to flavor it. kool-aid make some carb free packs you can dump in bottle water and off you go. discourage soft drinks, most important anything with caffiene, it dehydrates them more. play with her when she is really high. activity will bring down the glucose levels pretty quick. however, keep a watch on it to prevent it from going to low. also, with andrew, we invested in a CGM. they are expensive and most insurance companies won't cover them. we were out of pocket $1600 for the guardian CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and 3 months of sensors. we really could not afford it because i am in master's school and my wife is mainly supporting the house. however, we just had receive some student loans and income taxes so we went for it. it allows you to watch the trends of their sugars and your updates to the endo can be sent in acrobate format with fancy graphs and everything. the endos use words like post prandial which means after eating. our endo uses these numbers to change our insulin regimen. most important, if you aren't happy with the care your child is recieving and you have options change endos. its your child and noone loves them more than you. you have to find one that you feel cares about your child almost as much as you do. also, continue to educate yourself, with diabetes education is power. finally, watch her trends, like do certain food items cause her sugar to spike more than other. also, with any insulin regimen i encourage you to do a 2 am blood sugar to watch for lows at night. MOST OF ALL, HANG IN THERE Y'ALL CAN DO THIS!!! sorry for the long reply.