To this day, the BEST idea about how to handle Halloween still rests with our friends in Charles Schulz’s character-land of Peanuts.
Agreed. Your kids can still eat some of the candy even with their diabetes.
Agreed. There probably is not a time that Halloween did not come and go that our kids did not go low while trick or treating. That ‘low’ resulted in reaching into the bag of goodies to find the right candy to bring her blood sugar back up.
Agreed. Some of the neighbors good not be sweeter (pun intended) and gave stickers or pencils or crayons or something other than candy.
Agreed. Some of the relatives could use a bop in the nose when they quiz us about Halloween. “I thought of you today and am so sorry that Little XYZ (put your child’s name here, you know the drill) could not enjoy Halloween—my heavens what will you do?!” Ah……um……no.
But my favorite idea is still: After you save some of the candy from the trick or treat bag; you take the remainder of the bag and place it outside and while your child sleeps, good ‘ol Linus’ Great Pumpkin will stop by your house and pick up the candy and leave a toy as a thank you. The Great Pumpkin delivers the candy to everyone in heaven who could not trick or treat.
I have always loved that idea…….and I always will (feel free to tweak the story).
I read a lot. I read many comments from parents. I read many comments from people with diabetes. Many times my heart breaks because they fret over a high or a low and it becomes a hurdle 50 feet high.
You know in baseball, every player makes an out more than they get a hit. Did you know that? In the history of the game of baseball not one player who had a full career got a hit more than half the times they were given the chance. Not one. Many not even a third.
Many times I want to say to parents that it will get better. You will find a pattern that you’ll life will fit into. In most cases; unfortunately, not in all.
But for the majority of those who have a child with diabetes I can tell you that after 20 years the new normal does become that; the new normal. And a bad day of nothing working out will turn into a day where you can try it over again. And there will be better days.
Remember this; that no matter whatever anyone elses child did today, yours did it with diabetes. Celebrate that, because many do not.
You can LIVE with diabetes or you can live with DIABETES. Your call. Now get up to the plate and swing for today.