Drinking Her Carbs

by Leighann on April 29, 2010

My daughter recently caught the stomach flu that was going around. Though she only had the bad symptoms (both ends–you can imagine) for three days, it did a number on her blood sugars, causing me to keep her out of school for two days beyond what a typical child might be out.

If we see her numbers unexpectedly begin to creep up, we always wonder if she’s getting sick. Many times her blood sugars reflect illness before the symptoms manifest themselves.

So I was thrown for a complete loop when the stomach flu did the exact opposite. For days we had a difficult time keeping her blood sugars at acceptable levels. For nights in a row, my husband checked on her every two hours, helping her to drink juice boxes in her sleep. One night I even allowed her to sleep in bed with me.

Part of the problem was that, right on cue, she threw up her bedtime snack three nights in a row. Those carbs usually keep her from going low over night.

Basically her body wasn’t absorbing the carbs she was consuming. We were told by the endo nurse to have her “drink her carbs” since everything was going through her so quickly.

The list of foods we were told to give her were ones that haven’t seen shelf space in almost two years (if ever): regular Sprite, regular JELL-O, regular Popsicles.

I took her to our local pediatrician’s office to make sure she didn’t have something that could be solved like strep throat. Several parents told me that when their kids had strep that the symptom was vomiting. The pediatrician on call entered the room and asked how she was. She of course said “Great!” like she tells everyone every single day every single time she’s asked. He pretended to leave the room since she was obviously fine and didn’t need a doctor.

We went over her numbers and all the things we had been doing diabetes-wise to try to keep her in range (reducing basal rates, etc.). He said that we were doing everything that he would have suggested. The rapid strep test came back negative and he said it was just a good old fashioned virus.

After leaving the pediatrician’s office we headed to the grocery store for provisions. And wouldn’t you know that the one day that she can have regular JELL-O they only had one full-sugar choice!

But the highlight: she got to choose any Popsicles she wanted. She got the coveted Dora Popsicles that I have NEVER, EVER put into our shopping cart. Ever.

Sick Day Foods

These are some of the full sugar foods we bought to try to keep her blood sugars up.

By the time we returned home it was lunch time. I poured her a Sprite. Too sweet. I gave her a spoon and a cup of JELL-O. Too sweet.

She snubbed her nose at both of these full sugar items. But not the Dora Popsicles. No, those tasted just fine!

For the next two days she mostly ate Dora Popsicles.

The strange thing was that for several days, she received virtually no insulin. Her basal rate was reduced almost by 50 percent and I didn’t bolus for meals. Not even full sugar Dora Popsicles.

In case you were wondering:

Dora Popsicles

And what it took me a couple of times to realize is that a serving size is two Popsicles. So each one actually has 7 grams of carbs, not 14. (Image: Popsicle website)

On a non-D related note. My two-year-old got a kick out of these. He’d say things like, “I want a crescent Popsicle.” and “Ooh, my Popsicle is an ‘X.'”

In no way should you take this as a product endorsement for Popsicles. Purchase and consume Popsicles at your own discretion. The box may say “with fruit juice,” which is true, but they also contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup.

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