I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.
I love the spooky houses, costumes and trick or treating but I don’t love the way Sáin is treated on this holiday.
The first Halloween after diagnosis I did something that I am very thankful for… I let Sáin pretend she wasn’t diabetic. That year she had a fair amount of treats – I corrected the high BG that followed. The second year she had a little candy – I corrected that high, too. Last year she barely touched her candy (we still have most of it sitting in a bowl on a shelf.) This year we are going to a haunted castle and Sáin is well aware she can have whatever she wants while we’re there (as long as she boluses.) The less of a big deal I make about this dreaded day, the less candy she eats.
Here is what I don’t love about this day. I know I will come home today to the tears of frustration that follow school parties and the dreaded “Sáin can’t have sugar” or “Here’s a different treat for you because you aren’t like the other kids in your class.”
Despite 3+ years of educating both the kids and their parents, some people still don’t get how hurtful ignorance is. The sad thing – it’s always the same two girls that hurt Sáin. I’m beginning to think they are just mean girls and diabetes is an easy thing for them to pick on.
I know it’s only Halloween but I can’t stop thinking about Christmas.
My gift to the kids this year is a trip to
(I’ve already email a temporary change of address to Santa so all the toys should arrive safely in our hotel room for Christmas morning.)
This will be the first Christmas the kids and I have spent without any other family around but I think it is exactly what we need.