Here is a brief glimpse into what parents of a diabetic have to deal with. This is NOT an extraordinary example, these kind of things happen ALL the time.
Thursday is Halloween. There are lots of activities happening at the kids school. Stella’s class is having a pizza party at lunch. Pizza is rough on Stella’s blood sugars, and requires us to do a combo bolus because of the fat content in the pizza causing an initial insulin resistance. So my wife will be heading to school to help Stella out, as this is too much for us to let the nurse handle.
My wife has also been looking for an opportunity to help out in Dash’s class. They are having a party after lunch, and his teacher asked Laurie if she would like to attend. She jumped at the chance, and said she would be there. It’s nice when we are able to do things for Dash, as we spend so much extra time taking care of diabetes.
Here is the rub. We just got an email saying that Stella’s class will be having a fondue party at 2pm. I can’t leave work, as it is the last day of the month, and since I work in manufacturing, it is our busiest day. Of course we want Stella to be able to participate. And fondue will consist of chocolate and peanut butter fondue, along with marshmallows, and fruit for dipping. The fruit will be bananas and strawberries, and possibly some other types. None of that is fun to deal with insulin wise, as there is no way to tell just how much fondue is on each bite, and banana’s play havoc on blood sugar. So I have asked Stella to at least stay away from the bananas. But we would also be in the middle of a combo bolus.
And of course, this means Laurie will no longer be able to attend Dash’s party. 🙁
To my type 1 families, how would you handle 2 slices of pizza at lunch, followed up 2 hours later with fondue? We are going to have Stella pick out all the food she thinks she will want, measure the carbs, and then add 2-3 carbs per bite for the dipping. Sound reasonable? And how about the combo bolus for pizza?