Trick or treat is a holiday that can be a little hard on the BG (blood glucose.) There is excitement, exercise and candy all in one magical night. Throw in pizza, that is what we usually have before tricker or treat and the numbers that night can be a disaster. But you know what last year they were not. SHOCKED!!
Our first year for tricker or treating since D entered our lives was two years ago. I really don't remember much about it. Brianna was still on shots. I was really into the moment, wanting to make sure Courtney had the best first Halloween! I know all the kids had a lot of fun, and that is all that really matters.
|Brianna 8 weeks after diagnosis - 2009|
|My ABC's Austin, Brianna and Courtney. 2009|
|Brianna and her BFF, GiGi- riding in style. Sitting perfect for a quick exit.|
Last year's goal was the same as every other year, make sure the kids have a great time but try keep Brianna as close to in range as possible. Last year we had pizza before we went out. Really the only thing we did different last year then the previous year was she was on a pump and CGM - so we got to see about what her numbers were. While trick or treating we usually don't let the kids eat candy, just for the safety reason so we can check all the candy when we get home. This also works out really nice, for diabetes so I don't have to think of the carb count while walking. While we are out we try to check Brianna about every 30 minutes or so unless the pump is beeping low or low predicted. We do make the exception if she is low she can pick if she wants glucose tab or a piece of candy.
|Austin, Brianna and Courtney about to go out.|
|Yes she does get A LOT of candy!!|
|This was the night after trick or treating So from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am. Do you see anything wrong? Nope it was a PERFECT night|
Then Monday is Halloween, with Trick or Treating from 6-8pm. For this year, I don't see things changing that much. Pizza before, candy after, and great time to be had by all. I want her to have memories of all the fun she had on Halloween NOT that she worked so hard to get that candy and we won't let her eat it. The worst part for us was figuring all the carb count for all that candy. Because they are the little size they don't have them written on them- really wish they would!! I did find this so it is a great reference page that will help Click here. It gives candy with their carb count.
Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween and remember just because they have diabetes doesn't mean they can't participate. And diabetes, we know you will be there, but you can take a backseat because Brianna will be the star of the night not you!
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