Question For Parents of Diabetics Type 1 & 2 Both

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-09 22:51:22 -0600
Started 2009-02-08 08:44:58 -0600

I was wondering, do you prepare the meals your child eats at school or do you let them eat the school food?
I ask this because Laura's school is a 4 day week, she leaves at 6:45am and doesn't get home until 5:15pm, she also has to take Synthroid first thing in the morning and has to wait 1 hour to eat any types of food that contain soy, and 4 hours before she can take any type of vitamin or mineral supplement. She gets up in the morning between 5:30-5:45am on school days and by the time its time to leave for the bus she usually doesn't want any breakfast because she hasn't been out of bed very long.
The school here provides both breakfast and lunch to students and a healthy snack like raw veggies in the afternoon since they do have longer school hours. The school also follows whatever diet her Ped Endo has established for her. I do wonder though, does that mean its "healthy" food for her just because they count the carbs and only give her what she is allowed?
I'd just like to know which way you think it is better please.
Also another question I have for you is, how do you deal with holidays and birthday treats at school? Valentines Day is coming up and that means candy, with Laura newly diagnosed I'm not sure how to handle this either, I've tried to explain to her about no candy and junk food like cake and brownies and all that stuff but I don't know if she truly "gets it", any input is appreciated on both these questions…

Hugs & Luv,


5 replies

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-02-09 22:51:22 -0600 Report

We still send a lunch with our son on most days (and he's in high school now). There are a couple of school lunch meals that we are comfortable with that he will get occasionally. And he's mature enough that he's branching out more. He will sometimes go out to lunch with his friends. He's been counting carbs long enough that we're pretty confident in his choices when he's on his own.

As for the parties when he was younger, we tried really hard to work with the teachers and other parents to work at least some of the special treats into his meal plan. We wanted him to feel as normal as he could. But it's a challenge.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-09 22:28:49 -0600 Report

hello!it was just as hard for me when my son was son get on the bus at 5;50 in the morning and gets home at 5;15 so it is hard.he get his breakfast at school and in fl and they are healthy here but i had to fight for him.the school has to follow a ped endo diet.they usually do a really good far as snack,i'm with judy .you should not cut her off completly.i talk to the teacher and then we decide what my son can have ,the rest goes into a bag witch she seals and sends home with my son.i dont want him to think it is the end of his life,i tried to be that tough ,didnt work and he snuck food and ended up real sick.dont want that to happen to is hard but u will get there with her.took me like 3 yrs to deal with it.lmoa.hope this has helped u out alittle.

rbergman 2009-02-09 22:32:22 -0600 Report

Yes! Thanks, the papers were faxed today so that the school would follow what our daughters Ped Endo wanted for a diet, a little more hassle of shuffling paperwork but its worth it. We go personally to see a dietitian on the 18th I'm hoping to learn so much more then and not feel so lost.

How is your son doing??? My prayers are with you and him hun.

2009-02-08 10:19:08 -0600 Report

Hi Robin,
You said you are going to the school to talk to them on Monday right? I'd check out the situation then and make your decision on whether to pack her breakfast lunch and snack or to let them serve her meals. Maybe on Monday she could take a lunch. Like I said in another post, you don't want her to feel like an outcast in school. What do the other kids do? Eat school food or take their own? If it's a mix of each then I'd say make it yourself so you're sure. Can she mix it up and sometimes bring her food and other times eat school food? Do they give you a menu for the week ahead of time? So many questions.

As for the Valentines Day treats, that's a tough one. She'll be in school without your guidance so the teacher will have to be the one to make sure she doesn't go nuts with candy. I know the doctor told you no candy or cakes or anything but reasonably speaking that's a little harsh at least for a child. Perhaps, a little (and I mean a little) treat will make her feel like part of the class without being on the outside looking in. It's a tough call to make but one treat is not going to make or break her control. I'm just remembering what I was like as a child with my low blood sugar which I've had since I was 6 years old and I couldn't have a lot of sugar either because it would make it drop lower after it digested, I had too much insulin back then and wore out my pancreas which lead to my diabetes as an adult.. but on a special occasion I could have one treat. Just not a lot. It's your call though on that one. If the rest of the class is having a Valentines party and she has to just sit there she might rebel the first chance she gets. If there is a party, do they need parent volunteers? You could do that and then you could monitor her food without it being obvious!!

Anyway, this is long and rambling sorry.


rbergman 2009-02-08 15:18:09 -0600 Report

Judy, I love your ramblings lmao they are informative. I know the teacher sent home a note last week saying that because they are doing their "party" on the 12th because they only go Mon-Thurs, AND that Thurs is also parent teacher conferences, that they aren't doing a huge party thing, in fact she sent requests home with each child, she is planning on making Strawberry smoothies from Strawberries and Plain Yogurt and asked that Laura provide 2 pkgs of frozen strawberries for this, since it is parent teacher conferences that day and I got lucky and got one of the earliest times I figured I'd go early to help Laura, and her teacher, remember the rules…She's gonna have the smoothie like everyone else, because like you said, you can't make her feel left out at her age, and I know now a days they make those valentine trading cards that comes with candy and I know some parents buy candy for the whole class…THIS will be the stuff she cannot sit and eat like the other kids, we'll bring it home and stash it and maybe let her have a piece now and then depending on what it is. I too feel NO candy an cake is extreme and I think if i take it all away forever she'll resent me for it and sneak it from friends or other ways.
Thanks for the ramblings again, they are always good!