I had a meeting yesterday with Mary Claire's grade level teachers about her diabetes and what to watch for, i.e. lows, highs, and the symptoms. I cried (not surprised?) when we talked about the reality of dying faster from lows than highs, pulled it together again, and we talked about management of lows and highs, field trips, and treats.
Her sweet teacher gives out rewards to the kids, and she'd bought special "sugar-free" candy for Mary Claire...except that it was 17 grams of sugar alcohol! That stuff is brutal on a child! You still count half the carbs, but you have to set a dual-wave bolus because it'll come back later to bite you...and it causes gas and diarrhea! : ( So, I didn't tell her that exactly, just that there really are sugar-free foods low in carbs that don't cause tummy pain. ; )
She asked me to make a list, and I had to go overboard...and make her a gift basket! (well, for my daughter...) I was looking for a clear paint bucket..but our local stores have quit selling them! But a trip to Target later-and I found something close enough. It was in the bath section (love clear!), and it was the perfect size. I'd been debating between getting a basket and monogramming the liner or just making a ribbon handle with stamped words...decisions, decisions. ; )
|I think the key is lots of colors all jumbled together. And no black or brown, unless you do a black/red or brown/blue type scheme. ..hey, that'd be great for a team gift! : )|
And..Mary Claire forgot to take it to school this morning. : ( So, I took it when I went to check her out to take her to the orthodontist to....get her braces off!!
|This is how she smiled right after she got her braces on, so no big surprise.|
|After some coaxing...I got this! : ) Not all her teeth, but shiny, straight, white teeth! (and a flashy new pink/black retainer she's very proud of...and a new sound: constant sucking of spit.) Joy!|