Its a busy time of year with many celebrations as we get ready for the new year. People often worry or ask about how to manage what their Type 1 child eats during holidays and celebrations. Or, if we go to dinner at a friend's, I am often asked what they can make for my son for dinner. The answer is nothing special.
He is usually too excited at a gathering to eat much anyway, but it wouldn't matter. As long as I can correctly cover his carbs with insulin we are good. That does not mean that those cooking need to figure out the carbs for their dishes of course, but it means I need to pay attention to what he eats and learn from previous experiences about carb counting and in some cases increasing hourly basal rates.
What I find the most challenging, is that I always get up a couple of times during the night to check his blood sugar to make sure I bolused correctly. Sometimes I do not see the effects of dinner until long after he is asleep.
The reasons for this are many - the type of carb, excitement, activity that day, in some cases hormones - it just depends.
Perhaps it is also a comfort level as well. I would rather him not sleep with high blood sugar the whole night. While administering insulin at night is tricky, once you understand how to control these things with your doctor's or diabetes team's recommendations it will all make more sense for you as every child is different.
I often see people seeking advice in online groups asking if "anyone is awake". Despite the time differences across the world, there will likely be a parent of a diabetic child awake in your time zone at any given time - celebration or not. It is just part of the job of being a pancreas 24-7. Is it easy?
Lack of sleep is a difficult thing sometimes, but you are not alone.