When your child was diagnosed, one item that might have been suggested for your hypoglycemia treatment arsenal is cake icing gel.
We were instructed that if Q is extremely low, still conscious, not having a seizure, but too out of it to drink juice or eat another of our quick acting glucose sources such as Smarties or glucose tabs, that we could squirt a tube of cake icing gel into her cheek and massage it to get it into her system.
I think the cake icing gel is one step away from glucagon.
For almost three years we have been stocking our supply boxes at school, the pump bag that we carry, and our kitchen drawer with cake icing gel, but we’ve never used it. But it’s there.
Today we purchased a tube of blue cake icing gel (funny story to follow) to decorate my husband’s birthday cake. When I twisted off the cap I noticed that you have to snip the end off of it…with scissors.
Uh, if you are low enough to need cake icing gel, do you think you should or could use scissors? Do you keep a set of scissors in your D-kit?
Yeah, me neither.
The cake icing gel that we’ve been toting every where we go is by the same exact company, but the packaging is slightly different. We chose it based on the pure fact that yellow is Q’s favorite color (yellow, just like her sunny disposition). And the yellow cake icing gel already has a hole in the applicator end. Ready to treat those lows!
So here’s a word of caution: Go check your cake icing gel and if it does not have a hole in the end, you might want to snip the tip off.
So the funny story. The “you know your child has diabetes if” story.
Q and I were at the store getting birthday cake supplies and I grabbed the tube of cake icing gel.
Q: If you use that on the cake I won’t be able to eat it.
Q: Because I only have cake icing gel for lows and if I’m not low I can’t eat it.