November is a month where diabetes gets to take front and center (not that it doesn't take front and center EVERY SINGLE DAY in my house!). But, in November, we 'D' families try and spread as much awareness as we possibly can into the dangers of diabetes. We explain what Type 1 diabetes is, how to spot the signs, how T1 is cared for, and how life is like with diabetes.
So, since Halloween just passed, I'm going to start my month of blogging with that. Halloween is such a magical and fun time for kids, and mine are no exception. They were SO SO SO excited to wear their costumes and go out trick or treating. So, I started working on their costumes in the beginning of October and got both done a couple days before Halloween. Anne was SilverMist from Tinkerbell and Elly was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
When we got home, I got the girls right into bed. They were both very tired and both fell asleep within 30 minutes of getting into bed. For the first half of the night, both girls' CGM's were beeping "low predicted." Anne was hovering at around 100, which is an amazing number during the day, but at the beginning of the night, it is way too low. Elly was hovering around 130. I treated both girls with a few Tree Top Juice Treats (my go-to low blood sugar treatment at night) but neither girl's blood sugars rose to a "safe" nighttime level until after midnight (I put "safe" in parenthesis as this number is very different for every family. Some families want their D children to sleep in the 200's or higher where some families want their kids to be in the low 100's. It is a comfort level, and my comfort level for the girls is between 150 and 200. Before they were on a CGM, my comfort level was anything between 200 and 250, as I wasn't able to see where their blood sugar was heading). Then, Anne's blood sugar decides to sky-rocket into the 300's, and i need to start bolusing her to get her back down. This can happen sometimes when coming down from excitement. Elly's blood sugar slowly started rising after midnight and by morning she was in the mid-200's, but Anne woke at a beautiful 117.
And now, the day after Halloween, candy is 50% off. This is a beautiful thing to many D mamas. Fun-size candy is a perfect size to combat lows. For my girls, skittles and starburst are perfect to raise low blood sugar, and peanut butter cups or hershey bars are great for when blood sugar is on the low side but not too low, where it can slowly raise blood sugar and keep it there (chocolate contains fat, and fat slows the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. The fat is great to raise a mild low and keep the blood sugar more steady, but when you have a severe low (below 70) you don't want the chocolate so that is where the skittles or starburst come into play). So, off to Wal-Mart I go to buy some Halloween candy.
But, if their blood sugar is within a normal range, they can have a piece of candy or two, and it just needs to be covered by insulin. So, yes. My girls can eat sugar, just like every other child. My girls my have diabetes, but they are children, and they need to be allowed to act and behave as such.