To most people a juice box is a treat for the lunch box or packed as a team snack for the big game. For my family having a juice box on hand at all times is imperative. Since my son’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis we have learned a lot of things which I plan to continually share. Today I want to share how a juice box saved my Type 1 Diabetic son’s life!
Eldest is 12 years old and loves playing video games, building with Lego’s, and running around at the park like any kid his age. The difference is his constant battle each and every day with Type 1 Diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease which many people is like Type 2 but I will tell you it’s not!
Type 2 Diabetics have the luxury to manage their illness with diet and exercise much easier then a Type 1. Our son could eat exactly the same thing and play in the same way each and every day but that doesn’t always equal the same amount of insulin. His blood sugar can go up and down at the drop of a hat. Type 1 Diabetics are affected by the slightest amount of stress, hormone changes, increase of activity or decrease of activity. “Stress” can be temperature change, a challenging school assignment, more sleep, less sleep, or a fight with a sibling. So you can see the challenges facing a Type 1 Diabetic are numerous!
We were at the park with our homeschool co-op playing when Eldest didn’t feel quite right. He does wear a Dexcom CGM but when you are running around playing with friends you might not hear the alerts. His low alert went off and the next thing we know he was checking his sugar and reaching for a juice box! His blood sugar had been above 200 but dropped to mid 60’s after being dosed for lunch and playing. Without that juice box to increase his blood sugar levels he could have passed out, had a seizure, or went into a coma! Very real, very scary situations that happen each and every day for Type 1 Diabetics.
So you see having cases of juice boxes on hand are a much needed pantry item for our family. When I was at Aldi over the Summer they had juice boxes on clearance and I ended up buying 216 in all. That seems a little excessive but we have used them for low’s in the middle of the night or while at the park or when spending the night on a blog trip. We used two juice boxes last night to get his blood sugar up from the 70’s since a Type 1 Diabetic shouldn’t go to sleep alone without a BG of 120 or higher unless you are checking every couple of hours!