I was just thinking that Thanksgiving is the one holiday on which T1's should be especially thankful. Let me explain. Type 1 Diabetes is a "disease" which mostly affects the biological process of eating food and converting it to usable energy. (Yes I know that's not quite right, and it's much more complex than that. But basically, diabetes is an eating disorder.) And Thanksgiving is..., well perhaps more than any other holiday,...Thanksgiving IS the eating holiday.
In the old days, Thanksgiving must have been the most frustrating and depressing holiday for young folks with Type 1. Thanksgiving was the day you had to give thanks for all the delicious food you COULDN'T eat. (In the real old days... about 90 years ago, before the discovery of insulin, young folks with Type 1 didn't grow up. They seldom made it into adulthood.)
In he not SO real old days when I was a teen with Type 1, but before things like Humalog, and Blood Glucose Monitors, and boluses, and insulin pumps, Type 1's like myself couldn't fully partake of the Thanksgiving meal. Yes, we could have some turkey because it's pretty low carb, but not the scrumptious Turkey stuffing (ok maybe a tablespoon or two), or the mouthwatering apple pie... no way. Certainly not with Mom sitting at the table.
So..., look what WE Type 1's have to be especially thankful for on this Thanksgiving. Unlike Type 1's of the past, WE CAN EAT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE! (Not that we shouldn't exercise some moderation... but so should everybody. This stuff's fattening!) So load up your pumps (or syringes everyone), count your carbs, and have a very happy, especially thankful Thanksgiving. (Does anyone know how many carbs are in the typical Thanksgiving meal? Take a guess!)