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Old 04-18-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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Default Grab 'n go foods for diabetic kids?

One of my students (15yo boy) is diabetic and his mom is, unfortunately, rather uninvolved when it comes to meals. He often skips breakfast completely, and grabs a can of something to bring for lunch. (One day he had a 16 oz can of pineapple, and last week he had a similar-sized can of peas. <*sighs*>)

He tells me that his doctor says his insulin is WAY out of whack, and that he might actually be becoming insulin-resistent. Given the way he eats, I'm not surprised.

So, long story short, I want to get some food/snacks to keep in my classroom for him. I don't have a microwave or refrigerator, so stuff needs to be non-perishable, easy to eat, and palatable to a teenaged kid.

I already have a large jar of peanut butter and a big box of Ritz™ crackers that I keep for kids who don't have lunch money. Other suggestions I've received include things like nuts, Cheerios™, apples, and protein bars (if they don't have too much sugar).

Any other ideas?
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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Glucerna makes meal bars and snack bars for diabetics. Glucerna - Products
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Does your school have free/reduced lunches? OR...Could you talk to the cafeteria manager, explain this boy's situatuion and see if they could fix him up?

I was a school cafeteria manager for 21 years and we always bent over backwards for kids like him. No one would miss a sandwich handed to him or a cup of fruit slipped out. Some parent have no business having kids!
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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Glucerna makes meal bars and snack bars for diabetics. Glucerna - Products
Already got some of those -- thanks!

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Does your school have free/reduced lunches? OR...Could you talk to the cafeteria manager, explain this boy's situatuion and see if they could fix him up?

I was a school cafeteria manager for 21 years and we always bent over backwards for kids like him. No one would miss a sandwich handed to him or a cup of fruit slipped out. Some parent have no business having kids!
I don't think it's a matter of money, more just insufficient involvement on mom's part. And if this were a rare occurrence I'm sure they'd be willing to help out, but it's pretty much daily.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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I bet if you told the cafeteria manger about this, she would be willing to at least give you peanutbutter and crackers for him, you may have to bring a container for the PB.. or a piece of fruit from time to time.. I have even encouraged kids to take food they didn't want and give to the ones who's parents were to lazy to pack them a lunch or fill out a free lunch form. Most were willing to do it..
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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I bet if you told the cafeteria manger about this, she would be willing to at least give you peanutbutter and crackers for him, you may have to bring a container for the PB.. or a piece of fruit from time to time.. I have even encouraged kids to take food they didn't want and give to the ones who's parents were to lazy to pack them a lunch or fill out a free lunch form. Most were willing to do it..
I already have "industrial-size" peanut butter and crackers in my room -- not just for this kid, but for some others who've sometimes been unable to buy lunch .....
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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Have the school nurse give him some serious diabetes education. At his age, he needs to get his act together. You can't put the blame solely on the mother even though that can sometimes be the case. The real culprit is carbohydrates. He most definately needs to learn serving sizes, etc. A 16 oz can of pineapple or peas is not apprpriate for a diabetic. He needs to eat 3 balanced meals each day and take his insulin as directed. He also needs to exercise. I have been on this course for 52 years and counting carbs has been the best way to keep me healthy and feeling good. Once he gets his diabetes under control, he will feel no different than his peers. !5 was avery difficult time for me. I ended up in the hospital with high blood sugar. I promised myself that would never happened again and I have kept that promise. I had to take care of myself first so I could take care of my family down the road.

You are a wise teacher to be concerned. Educating yourself about diabetes could be the best help you can give him.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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One of my students (15yo boy) is diabetic and his mom is, unfortunately, rather uninvolved when it comes to meals. He often skips breakfast completely, and grabs a can of something to bring for lunch. (One day he had a 16 oz can of pineapple, and last week he had a similar-sized can of peas. <*sighs*>)

He tells me that his doctor says his insulin is WAY out of whack, and that he might actually be becoming insulin-resistent. Given the way he eats, I'm not surprised.

So, long story short, I want to get some food/snacks to keep in my classroom for him. I don't have a microwave or refrigerator, so stuff needs to be non-perishable, easy to eat, and palatable to a teenaged kid.

I already have a large jar of peanut butter and a big box of Ritz™ crackers that I keep for kids who don't have lunch money. Other suggestions I've received include things like nuts, Cheerios™, apples, and protein bars (if they don't have too much sugar).

Any other ideas?
Is strange what you are saying. It sounds like he has diabetes type 1, but then you said that he is becoming type 2 (insulin-resistant). You need to know which one is it. Because if it is type 1, he doesn't have any insulin and need regular injection of insulin, if he is not type 1 and he is type 2 that means he has insulin but the body is becoming resistant.
So if he has type 1, he doesn't have insulin so it cant be out of whack.
Usually diabetes in children or young adults are type 1, but because of obesity in children type 2 can be seen, but still rare.
You should ask his mother or him what type is he, if he doesn't know ask him if he need regular injections.
If he is type 1, he should avoid eating high carbohydrate food: Bread, rice, potato, pasta, but he cant avoid sugar, he actually need sugar also (but complex carbohydrate are better for him), hypoglycemia is very common, this happens when he injects to much insulin, is exercising, or eat very little carbohydrates.
So is not that easy, because what he needs depends on his blood sugar level.
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