This month is Halloween, in fact in just about a week. Halloween means so much to kids. Our kids with diabetes are no exception, after all, they’re just kids; right?. I remember when Kaitlyn was younger and many neighbors bought stickers and toys for Kaitlyn for Halloween trick or treats; “…I did not know what to get for her”, was a common comment.
People are wonderful.
We were discussing this weekend, over coffee, that each year there was no doubt with all of the walking that she would do that ‘going low thing’ would not only occur but almost always at the exact same block each year. She would carefully choose something out of the trick or treat bag. (of course juice boxes and ‘stuff needed’ were readily available ‘just-in-case’ as well—but letting her choose something from the Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag…why not?). We would wait a few minutes and continue on. Fun and frights continued. On this day our kids strive and want to be just like all the others kids…….AND THEY SHOULD BE. Don’t be afraid to let them.
I remember many conversations from people who do not live with diabetes as we do. Their naive questions regarding how Halloween must be a disaster for us, having a child “who cannot eat candy”. People thought that we would deprive our child of this incredible right-of-passage.
Those of us ‘in the know’ know better, don’t we?
If you do not know….you should learn how close to normal you can make this day. Our kids are not driving close to a cliff during this day.
Of course we would control the candy; some gave money in exchange, some put the candy outside for the GREAT PUMPKIN to take and exchange for a toy; but we always controlled what the kids ate and went through it all like all parents do each year.
We all do those things.
There are many things that you can find online about kids, diabetes, and what to do. Today I want to check in with where YOUR head is at. You should not be afraid (pun intended) of this day and you should spend the time enjoying your kids, while they enjoy the day.
Diabetes never stopped us on Halloween and it should not stop you either. Go and enjoy. This is a holiday for kids to enjoy and with a little knowledge and a little ‘smarts’, the only frightening thing about the day should be at your front door when the doorbell rings.
Be afraid……..be very afraid? Nah…….enjoy; Halloween is nothing to ‘spook’ you.
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