Ally had soccer practice the other night. The coach brought treats to celebrate their hard work in the weekend's game. She had ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. As she passed them out she told the girls to choose one or the other. Ally looked over at me for approval, I nodded giving her the go ahead. Then I said, "Ally, check the box." (She knew that meant to check the carb count so that I could give her insulin to cover the carbs when we would reconnect her insulin pump at the end of practice just a few minutes later.)
The coach heard me ask Ally to check the box and she said, "It's ok. The popsicles are sugar free." I'm sure that she thought (as many do) that sugar free means that Ally can have them free of needing insulin. (Not the case...sugar free popsicle = 4 carbs.)
In some instances, possibly including this one following an hour of soccer practice, we would not cover those 4 carbs with insulin. Sometimes we do. However, my point was that they still have carbs and for us, carbs = insulin.
But none of that actually mattered because Ally picked the ice cream sandwich! (Don't blame her. I couldn't have helped myself either!)
She looked at the box and yelled "20 carbs, Mom!" Coach said, "You can't have that. Have a sugar free popsicle instead." Ally did not skip a beat saying, "Well, those still have carbs and I can eat whatever I want as long as I have insulin for it!"
Now, I really like her soccer coach. And while I do appreciate that she was thinking about Ally when she made these purchases, I was disappointed that, once again, my words had gone in one ear and out the other!
But most importantly, I was so proud of Ally for speaking up!