A couple of months ago, we celebrated Kaitlyn’s 7th birthday. Birthday celebrations at our house tend to last several days, and Kaitlyn’s was no exception. The day before her birthday, we had a party with a few friends and all our local cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It was complete craziness (like always) with swimming, lots of food and of course a giant cake with ice cream.
The party was so much fun, and Kaitlyn loved every minute of it. The only downside was that one little thing …. Yep, you guessed it: blood sugar numbers. Let me tell you, being unplugged from her pump for a while to swim, eating pizza for dinner and having a giant dessert of cake and ice cream is not a recipe for great diabetes numbers. It took all night of fighting high blood sugars to finally get things back to normal.
The next day was her actual birthday, and we had another full day of activities planned. We had a big breakfast of waffles, fruit and whipped cream -- complete with a candle to blow out. Then it was on to her big day out with Daddy! She had requested a special daddy date for her birthday. They went out for a full day of doing everything Kaitlyn wanted to do (and eating everything she wanted to eat, I might add). They went to the zoo, ate lunch, went to the pet store to look at the puppies, went out for ice cream and then played at the park. When they got home, we all got in the pool to swim for a while and then finally went to eat dinner at Kaitlyn’s favorite restaurant.
The busyness of the day and the junk food along the way made for another tough blood-sugar day. In fact, after we got out of the pool, we decided to change her site because her numbers were still high. Not wanting to cancel her birthday dinner, we decided to just give her a correction along with an early dinner bolus. Watching her eat her enormous plate of spaghetti made me cringe. She didn’t even touch the chocolate cake that they brought out for her birthday. Feeling quite relieved, I said “Let’s save it for tomorrow so we can celebrate one more day!”
It wasn’t until a full day later that we felt like we had a good handle on things again. I questioned whether we had been a little too “loosey-goosey” in allowing Kaitlyn whatever she pleased. I’m not sure what we’ll do next year, but in the end, we decided not to beat ourselves up too much over it.
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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