For the hundredth time my mom tried explaining this to me again today. I still don’t totally get it, and I’m the one with the diabetes! My mom said she’s going to have me start counting carbs more often so I don’t make another mistake. Anyway, I guess I should tell you the story…
We had a Valentine’s party in my class today. My mom told me that if the party was at snack time, I could have a Go-Gurt, a couple of strawberries and a tiny bit of Goldfish crackers. If the party was at lunch, I could have whatever I wanted, but the nurse had to figure the carbs into my lunch. Well, the party was at snack time and I had what my mom told me I could have, plus a piece of sugar-free banana bread. I thought I could have it since it was sugar-free, but when I went to the school nurse to get my lunchtime insulin shot, my glucose level shot up higher than a rocket! I had to get 2 extra units of insulin just to bring me back down. I knew when my mom saw my number for the day, she was going to freak out. Well, she did a little, and then explained the whole sugar versus carbs thing again.
You see, if I have this package of crackers, I am eating 24 grams of carbohydrates, which means I need 1.3 units of insulin to balance my glucose level (my ratio is 18 to 1, and may be different from other diabetics). IF the sugar grams were also at 24, then it would most likely be a piece of candy and I wouldn’t be allowed to eat this until the weekend, BUT, since these crackers have only 6 grams of sugar (1/4th the amount of carbs), I can eat them as long as I get a shot of insulin to cover for the carbs. Because I only get shots at mealtimes, I have to work in things like these crackers into my meal. OTHERWISE, I can only have snacks that are well under 18 grams to avoid a shot. Get it? No? I know, it’s a lot of information!!!
My mom said banana bread is about 35 grams of carbs–no wonder my number was so high! I guess I have a lot still to learn about diabetes. Luckily I have my whole life ahead of me and plenty of time! I’m just looking forward to this weekend so I can dive into that pile of Valentine’s candy I just got! Happy Valentine’s Day!