Last week, Sugar came home with an invitation to a birthday party.
No biggie. We have birthday parties down pat these days — Gluten? Excess sugar?
We got this.
The twist on this particular party is that it was scheduled for a Monday after school. The timing kind of throws a wrench into homework, dinner, and all that stuff, but oh well. Mondays are blah anyway. We could all use a Monday afternoon party now and then, right?
So, I picked up the girls from school…ran home to have everyone go to the bathroom…grabbed the present and loaded the car. We were off for a fun afternoon!
When I walked in, I blinked a few times to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.
This was an after school party being hosted in the lounge of an apartment complex…scheduled a couple hours before dinner on a school night. I was anticipating birthday cake, but figured that would be about it.
Boy was I wrong…
Pizza (wasn’t on the invite, so I didn’t know there would be pizza – hence, I didn’t have a GF substitute on hand)
Chips (many varieties)
Random piles of candy bars everywhere
Open jars of candy all over — gumballs, sweet tarts, you name it.
Regular cans of soda — only beverage option (There wasn’t even access to water!)
A fruit tray — especially for Sugar. (How considerate!)
Check blood sugar — 342.
“Sugar, did you have an afternoon snack at school?”
“Yeah, Mom. WE HAD CUPCAKES FOR THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!”
Same birthday girl.
A birthday cupcake at 2:30…and…now THIS birthday party at 3:30.
Then I bolused some more.
In all, I estimated 150 carbs (mainly because the ORANGE SODA was 50 all on it’s own.)
Oh, and there was a pool. I didn’t know about the pool. Normally, I’d balk at a pool party, but on this occasion, I would have loved to have thrown her in the pool to burn some sugar.
But, yeah, I didn’t know about the pool — because it wasn’t on the invitation. So we didn’t have pool stuff.
In the end, I had to round up 3 crying kids high on a sugar overdose, because they couldn’t go swimming.
I drove home trying to process the amount of carbs I had entered into the pump. I was doing a play by play in my mind…flashbacks of the Snickers bar and trying to remember if I counted the right number of gumballs she was popping. Oh, yeah…and that ORANGE SODA!!!!
I went over it time and again. I felt pretty confident that I had gotten it right.
Wrangle the girls into their respective showers.
FACEBOOK UPDATE — because I couldn’t believe what had just happened.
“MOM! I feel dizzy.”
150 with 1.5u active insulin on board (IOB).
Pack of fruit snacks…more sugar, only this time in the shower!
Pump off for 30 minutes.
Two hours later — 182.
Looks like we made it.
Oh, and by the way…she had 2 or 3 grapes from her dedicated fruit tray.
It’s all about balance, people.