Parties and sleepovers
Don't worry! You can still go to parties or sleepovers. I go to them all the time.
Here are some tips to help you when you go to a party or stay at a friend's house:
- Your mum or dad should have a chat with the person who will be looking after you at your friend’s house. They will need to tell the person about how to look after your diabetes, and how to spot and treat a hypo.
- If you’ll need an injection while you are there, think about where you will do it and who will be able to help you with it.
- Find out when you will be eating. If it's later than usual, you might need a snack before you go to make sure you don't have a hypo.Find out when you will be eating. If it's later than usual, you might need a snack before you go to make sure you don't have a hypo.
- Make sure you have your mum and dad's phone numbers with you, just in case.Make sure you have your mum and dad's phone numbers with you, just in case.
- Check your blood glucose levels before and after a party, and again at bedtime. Make a note in your results book that you were at a party.
- Party food might make your blood glucose (sugar) levels go higher. But don’t worry – you’ll probably be playing games and using up energy, and this will lower your blood glucose (sugar) levels. So it might even itself out. Even if it doesn’t, don’t worry. Your mum or dad can help you sort out any high levels when you get home.
- You can eat the same food as your friends - and that includes party food.You can eat the same food as your friends - and that includes party food.
- Make sure you eat some slow-acting carbohydrate foods at a party so that you have lots of energy. Things like sandwiches, crisps, chips and potato wedges are good.
Can I do my injections when I'm eating out?
If you need to inject when you're eating out, don't be afraid to do it at the table. Most people won't notice, but if they do and they don't like it, don't let them upset you - you are doing nothing wrong.
If you don't want people to see you inject, get your mum or dad to ask if there's a private place you can use. If not, you might have to use the loo but they aren't always the cleanest place - make sure you wash your hands well, and try not to put your injection stuff down anywhere.
- You can still eat party food and go out to eat.
- A bit of planning in advance (with help from your mum and dad) makes it easy for you to eat at friends' houses.