As I placed five bricks of juice boxes onto the belt in the checkout lane, I had an internal dialog about parenting choices (and judgment!), treating low blood sugars, and being a d-mom to a child with type 1 diabetes. Here are 15 truths about juice boxes and the d-moms (and dads!) who buy them.
You might be a d-mom if…
- You never even bought juice before your kid was diagnosed with T1D, and now you keep the company in business.
- You actually debate buying stock in a juice company.
- You feel the urge to explain to everyone in the checkout lane that you only buy juice because you have a child with diabetes.
- You give side-eye to parents who buy juice just for fun.
- You check the expiration dates and choose the ones that will last the longest.
- You buy the fancy, schmancy organic ones when the sale price makes them cheaper.
- You don’t buy just one brick at a time; you buy half a dozen.
- You curse under your breath when the store only has 22 g carb juice boxes and none of the 15 g carb juice boxes.
- You can get your child to drink a juice box in the middle of the night without even waking them.
- You accidentally squeeze a juice box and shower the sleeping child.
- You have juice boxes stashed all over your house.
- You can tell how well you slept the night before by the number of empty juice boxes on the bathroom counter in the morning.
- You find random juice boxes in the bottom of your purse.
- You know which flavors your kid will drink and which they will not. (Apple: yes. Grape: no.)
- You tell a kid to “just drink the juice already” when they are really low, and you only have a flavor they don’t like.