Coaching a Diabetic girl, any help on treats

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Zanne
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   Posted 4/30/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually post on the Crohn's board, but I need help from you guys. I coach a high school rec league team for softball. I bring treats to each game but just found out that one of our freshman girls is diabetic. I took her aside to ask what would be good treats for her, but she seemed to be a bit embarrassed and said she could eat the cupcakes I brought. I would like to bring things that would be OK for her, at least some of the time. When the weather gets a bit warmer, I will bring freeze pops ( I know they come in sugar free) and watermelon ( not sure if that is ok or not). But the standard is cookies or cupcakes, dirt or sand cups, basically just fun finger food.

Does anyone have any suggestions for snacks that I could make or buy. Or ideas for where to get recipes. Whatever I make has to appeal to most of the girls. I don't want to make something just for her, cause I think that would make her uncomfortable. But I don't mind making two choices occassionally. Plus I always pack granola bars and crackers. You would be surprised how many girls come to games without stopping to eat first. I can't believe they don't all weigh 200 pounds cause they are always ravenous!

Any suggesstions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


LanieG
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   Posted 4/30/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   

As treats I would suggest: sugar-free jello jigglers (actually concentrated jello cut into cubes that are eaten by hand), most nuts, cheese (hard to do that in the summer though - string cheese?), certain fruit that she knows she can eat maybe with some peanuts, probably salted nuts are good because the players will be sweating.  No watermelon as that's really too much sugar.  Talk to her parents.  They must be able to tell you what she can have, or they must ask her doctor.  I wouldn't second guess this.  She might be on insulin and she has to be careful of her blood sugar dropping.  And participating in sports may have different requirements and cautions than someone who's in class or working in an office.

Lanie 


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AMM
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   Posted 4/30/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
If she is on insulin she may actually need the cupcake. The activity could cause her blood sugar to drop. She may need it to stay high enough to keep from having a hypo during physical activity. Also she probably knows how to adjust her insulin to have a cupcake. Do you know if she is on a pump? It would be a good idea to talk with her parents, but the cupcake might be fine. I would be worried if I saw her eating a lot of cupcakes though.
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Zanne
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   Posted 4/30/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. Actually I never thought of nuts, I'm sure all the girls would enjoy that. Her parents haven't been at any of the games so far, and when I spoke to her, she seemed a bit embarrassed and didn't want to talk about it. I thought about calling her parents, but once again, I don't want to be too pushy. They didn't put anything at all on her form under conditions to be aware of. The only reason I know about it, is cause she asked my husband, the actual coach, if she could go check her blood sugar at one of the practices. I just was thinking that if one of the snack choices was a "good" choice then she wouldn't feel singled out and no one else would have to know. I may end up calling her parents to check on things but I don't want to seem pushy or nosey. I tend to be a bit hesitant to ask too many questions, given the fact that people are always asking me questions about my disease and making me feel a bit like an outcast. I really don't want to do that to her or her family. I was hoping to catch them at one of the games. The season has just started so there is still plenty of time. Unfortunately, a lot of the parents don't come to the games at this age, cause they are at the younger ones games.

Thanks for your suggesstions so far, keep them coming.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/30/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzanne,
Your husband must have her physical form that was filled out for her to join the team. He is the one who really needs to know what is going on. I mean, what if she had a hypoglycemic attack during practice and nobody knew she was diabetic? She should have a bracelet, and at least two adults in her immediate vicinity should know she is diabetic and what to do should she have a problem. I believe her parents are being a bit reckless here. Diabetes is something that can kill you if you hide it! Especially if she is playing sports! If she has a hypo it would really help if there was someone nearby with glucose paste or icing to get into her mouth and rub against her inside cheek if she were unconscious. This may save her from some real problems before the EMT's get there.

Her embarrassment could be a hazard to her health. You need to know if she is type 1 or 2 and what restrictions, if any, she is on. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie
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AMM
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   Posted 5/1/2007 2:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I absolutely agree with Jeannie. This isn't just a matter of her being embarrassed, it is a matter of her life. If she did have a hypoglycemic reaction someone needs to know how to help her. This is definately a situation where embarrassed or not someone needs to speak to her parents. There is no reason she can't participate in sports but someone does need to be aware of how to treat her in the event she needs help. I have been her age with diabetes. (long past it now) You and your husband should both know her symptoms of a hypo and it wouldn't be a bad idea for you to have glucose tablets or glucose gel on hand. They are cheap and available over the counter at any pharmacy or at walmart. Also during a hypo it is possible that she wouldn't be thinking as clearly as she normally would. You NEED to call the parents this time.
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Zanne
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   Posted 5/1/2007 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all. I have been on the fence on this, since they didn't put anything at all on her form, I didn't want to butt in. But I think I have to. I will call her parents and find out what I need to watch for and be prepared in case of an emergency.

thanks again,
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


gelchick
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   Posted 5/1/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Doesn't the league have rules about disclosing illness such as insulin-dependent diabetes? They might be liable for damages if something happened to the girl. The parents don't come for the games. If that girl gets in trouble with her sugar level or requires any sort of medical assistance she's all alone and in big trouble.

EMTs aren't psychic and if she is unable to speak, they could do as much harm as good. Your husband should call the parents and inquire- after all she did ask to go and check her sugar levels. Both the girl and her parents need some education. When I was in the classroom, I got more info about two of my diabetic 7th graders and how to take care of them than your husband. Parents supplied me with gels and glucose tabs, told me when and how they were to be used, how to call the Medicalert People. I had a card in my desk with phone numbers etc- every teacher and the front office got them (and I don't teacher phys ed- no 'activity' in my classroom).

PLease follow-up for the sake of that little girl. She needs somebody on her side.

sandy


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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/1/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm,are her parents embarassed too?This should have been in her records.
SnowyLynne


Zanne
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   Posted 5/1/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
The more I'm hearing from you all, the more I'm getting concerned too. I had my husband double check her form cause I thought it was odd too. I may have mistyped on the parents not coming to the games. We've only had one game so far, and it was a very cold wet night. A lot of the parents stayed in their cars and watched from there, so I don't really know if they were at the field. Especially since she is new to the team and I don't know what her parents look like. But, having a chronic illness myself, all be it, not a life threatening one, I would think that the parents would let us know. At first I thought maybe she just had a little blood sugar issue, like from not eating, but she actually used the word Diabetic last night to me. I will seek out her parents when she gets dropped off next.

Thanks again for educating me. Just like the Crohn's board, you guys are very helpfull. :-)
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/2/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
redface Of course we are helpful... HW really stands for Helping Wonderfully!!! tongue
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~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


sarah jane
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   Posted 6/3/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
 
DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE TRIED IT, BUT MY HUSBAND IS DIABETIC, AND HE REALLY LIKES SPLENDA-SWEETENED FOODS....DRINKS, CAKES, CUPCAKES, cookieS, ETC., AND SPLENDA HAS A SITE CHOCK FULL OF RECIPES...ALL FREE...AND BEST OF ALL, THEY TASTE LIKE SUGAR BECAUSE SPLENDA IS SUGAR...JUST THE PART OF SUGAR THAT THE BODY CASTS OFF...NOT THE DAMAGING PART THAT CAUSES DIABETICS PROBLEMS WITH THEIR INSULIN.
JUST TYPE IN  www.splenda.com  and it takes you to their site for recipes.  To our knowledge, there are no side-effects associated with it as with aspartame or saccharin, as it is supposed to be the most extensively tested sweetener on the market (found this out while doing research for hubby).
 
Here are two quick ones:
TEA/KOOL AID BY THE GALLON: if you and the team are on the move, just take 52 packets of Splenda and add it to a gallon of unsweetened tea...it is really good (even to me and I'm not even diabetic)
STUFFED ANGEL-FOOD: take one angel food cake and cut it into 3 layers (we like to keep it in fridge before slicing)...set aside.  Mix all these ingredients (and nothing else!) together: one sugar-free vanilla (or french-vanilla) instant pudding mix, one 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, and one small tub sugar-free, fat-free Kool Whip...mix by mixer and spread between layers (if runny, just chill about 15 min. before spreading between layers) . Keep cold until served...usually keeps out of fridge about 45 to 60 min. without getting too sloppy.  We like to give it a punch by adding a few blueberries and some chopped fresh strawberries between layers and 6 or 7 whole strawberries on top with some more fresh blueberries...looks great on July 4th and tastes so good all our friends love it and don't even realize it's sugar-free...usually have to make 2....we use the large size AF cakes with the hole in middle and fill that with the extra filling.
 
here's one we use as an alternate with sugar:  Use chocolate instead of vanilla pudding, two 10 ounce jars marchino cherries with juice (chop in food processor) instead of pineapple, and use the chocolate Kool-whip instead of regular....this is really good too...top with extra cherries.......
 
Good luck and God bless...you can also get a Splenda/sugar mix......

sarah jane
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   Posted 6/3/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
check with your local pharmacy...they often have FREE, no cost sample diabetic monitors that come with 10 free strips that they get from company reps. to give out...found this out at several Sr health fairs and have gotten them for friends....they might also give you one if you contacted the manufacturers...........but first get both the parents' and her doctors' permission to do the finger-stick first....just a suggestion, because if her blood glucose level drops, she'll be able to get something sweet in her BEFORE she becomes incoherent!
God bless!

DawnsDandelions
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   Posted 6/4/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm anxious to hear what the parents have to say about this.

Could it be that she's not being honest? I have a girl in Sunday School who wanted everyone to think she was Diabetic, but she got her meter froma cousin. Had us all fooled for a while. She really liked the attention.

Of course, since she's acting embarrassed about it, that's probably not the case. But I do wonder why it wasn't included on her form. Perhaps she's on a pump and her parents think she's okay and can handle it all on her own?

As the mother of an insulin dependant diabetic, I can say that I make sure everyone one knows about his disease and what to do in an emergency. And sports is critical. You definitely have my curiosity up...

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