It’s Hard Out Here…

by Leighann on November 19, 2008

…for a diabetic four-year-old.

Lollipops surround her.

Everywhere we turn, high carb, high sugar lollipops are tempting offers.

She started the day with this:

Remember at the Daddy Daughter Dance last year they gave us big lollipops? Do they know that they make lollipops for diabetic kids? Can you tell them? Can you take some to them so that they can give me one at the dance?

It’s true. Last year the girls were given swirly lollipops no smaller than the size of their heads.

I have to say that not much of ours was consumed since she doesn’t (didn’t) have a big sweet tooth.

But you always want what you can’t have. Right?

This all goes back to our last appointment in St. Louis. Before that, I hadn’t even thought about searching out acceptable sweets for her. But part of her appointment involved bloodwork. And there on the counter were rolls and rolls of brightly colored stickers of all the favorite kids characters. And on the counter sat a bowl of lollipops.

After the nurse drew the blood, she let my daughter choose some stickers. And then she offered her a sucker.

What?

We have special lollipops just for our diabetic kids.

Her eyes lit up in amazement.

Sorbee Lollypops

Fast forward to this week. I was grocery shopping and spied sugar-free candy canes. I put a box in my cart because chances are I won’t be able to find them again in a month.

In theory she likes candy canes as she likes all things Christmas. In reality, she does not prefer pepperminty things.

But it reminded me that there were those sugar-free lollipops and so my search began.

Target? No.
Meijer’s? No.
Walgreens? No. (But several people told me to look in the pharmacy, not the candy aisle.)

I called Fannie May. Nope.

I went to Amazon and a five pound bag of Sorbee Sugar Free LollypopsSorbee Sugar Free Lollypops was just over $25 which meant free shipping. (Score! Not to mention that I had an Amazon gift card to use.) Do you know how long a five-pound bag of lollipops will last?* Probably until next Christmas. But I doubt they arrive before the dance this Friday.

So back to lollipop temptation.

I took her for a haircut. The woman asked if she could have a lollipop. My daughter asked, “Do you have diabetic lollipops?” Uh, no.

Then we went to Monical’s for dinner. If you have been there, you know that there is a huge bowl of lollipops on the counter. My daughter asked the waitress, “Do you have any lollipops for diabetic kids?” Uh, no.

When that bag of fifty million sugar-free lollipops arrives I am going to stash a few in my purse. I’m not saying she’ll get one every day or every time she asks. But when faced with an offer of a lollipop by someone who doesn’t know us. At least I’ll be prepared.

(I’ll have you know that she wasn’t really disappointed. But still. Kids need to be kids. Lollipops and all.)

*Update: as of 01/01/10 we still have over 3/4 of the bag of lollipops left. She rarely eats them, but I try to remember to take one if we are getting vaccinations.

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