I have a lot of opportunities to discuss Kaitlyn's diabetes care with family, friends, and others. Most of the time people tend to ask a lot of questions about the kinds of foods that she may or may not be able to have rather than the amounts. In fact, most times I hear something like, "Wow, she has diabetes? How do you handle sugary treats?" Caretakers of kids with type 1 know the reality of constant carb counting -- it goes way beyond junk food management.
When Kaitlyn was first diagnosed, I felt like it took me all day just to manage her blood glucose, count carbs and give her insulin. I remember feeling that the only way to cope was to serve her prepackaged foods that had the carb info already figured out. Not only am I getting better about knowing how many carbohydrates are in the foods Kaitlyn typically eats, but I'm pretty good about estimating how many grams are in a portion, just by looking at it. As I get more used to counting carbs, my goal has been to make things faster and easier without sacrificing accuracy and precision. Here are a few tricks I've learned over the last couple of years.
I'm constantly learning, and I'm sure there will be more tips to share in the future. Happy carb counting!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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