While we were in the hospital for several days after our daughter’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, our days were filled. Her days were filled with art projects in the playroom, strolls on the rooftop garden, and chats at the nurse’s station. Our days were filled with a crash course in endocrinology and nutrition.
We learned about counting, weighing, and measuring to accurately count carbs. To our delight (and to the chagrin of the teenager who was also diagnosed that day and sat through the classes) the diet they described was very in line with the diet that we had been feeding our daughter all along. We are mostly vegetarian, eating fish occasionally. We limited sweets and junk food. We got more than our fair share of fruits and veggies.
No, we didn’t need to make any big changes in her diet to follow what the dieticians described as healthy.
As we sat in our classes I realized that there were three birthday parties on our daughter’s social calender in the next 10 days: two friends plus her brother’s very first birthday.
I asked what we should do? Do we not go to the parties? Do we let her go but not let her eat cake and ice cream?
Do you know what they said to me?
Let her be a kid.
The nursing staff encouraged us, saying that all things in moderation are okay. They said that our not-even-four-year-old needed to participate fully in these upcoming events without worry or burden.
She went to the three birthday parties. I did my best with our new found knowledge to figure out carb counts and bolus accordingly. I did my best to let her be a kid at those parties, and not a kid with diabetes.
This post is on the topic “to carb or not to carb” as part of the Diabetes Blog Week 2010. For more participating blogs, visit Bitter-Sweet.
Read my other Diabetes Blog Week Posts:
Day One: A Day in the Life…
Day Three: Grandma’s Girl
Day Four: Let Them Eat Cake!
Day Five: Gotta Dance!
Day Six: A Thousand Words