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It wasn't SUGAR FREE!!

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by kel4han, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. kel4han

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    uhhhhh. I hate, absolutely HATE letting someone else take care of Maddison
    (6).....she had a date with my sister in law and they had gone out for a day of fun, of course, the carbs at dinner were grossly miscalculated..then...they stopped at 7-Eleven conveniance store for a drink where they had "sugar free" Crystal light brand SLURPEE!! She is telling me this when she brings Maddison home, as she is running around like crazy. Not good already I am thinking, oh my god! So, I check her right away, 482!! I have told family and told family that you cannot trust "sugar free" What dont people get? How can they not understand what 482 does to you? I know I have to let her go do things, but EVERYTIME she ends up in the 400's and it is plain NOT SAFE to trust anyone but ME. That has to be one of the worst thing we face as parents here. Not being able to send your kids out for a normal day of fun without them coming home all messed up!! Just a very angry rant, you are lucky if you have someone that you can trust, I have learned not to, and it enrages me when she is the one that pays the price :mad:
     
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    I agree that 400 is way too high! When I let Reese go off with friends and family, she usually doesn't get that high... she only gets to the high 200s.

    This may be a little different from the way other parents do, but if Reese is going to play with friends or whatever I always make sure they know to check her for being low, etc. As far as eating/drinking goes I don't worry too much about it, I make sure they know not to stuff her full of sugar, but I'm pretty laid back about letting her eat some fun stuff while away. I figure being high for a few hours isn't the worst thing in the world if it means she can go be a regular kid with her friends. They are usually so active that she doesn't get too high, but if she does, I can fix it once she gets home.

    From what I understand highs are only very dangerous if they are left untreated over a long period, like several hours or days. Lows are more immediately dangerous than highs so I'd rather Reese ride a little high while away from me and then correct it when she gets home. At least this is the rationale I go by based on discussions with our endo.

    I'm not to the point yet where I let anyone else give her insulin. If she's at a friends or spending the night, I or my husband go over and do the insulin at meals. Sometimes they play so hard I don't need to give her any... she burns the food off very quickly! We always have to worry more about lows than highs even with her eating a lot of bad stuff!

    Any other thoughts on this?
     
  3. AlisonKS

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    Yikes that is scary! I wouldn't know what to do, I don't trust anything unless I can read a label or look it up beforehand. I haven't come across that yet since I just moved and haven't made any friends-but I just had the grocery cashier hand Tony a bag of goldfish that we just checked out and was wondering why I wasn't giving them to him-arggh!
     
  4. sam1nat2

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    I understand your frustration. My husband made the same mistake with the crystal light slurpee as did his dad who is also D. In their defense, something like crystal light with no calories to drink, you would think would be the same for the slurpee.

    Unfortunately we get highs like that more often than i'd like to see. We just treat it and go on our way. Our CDE just says eat it, but treat it. Sometimes the treatment has to come later when you make mistakes like this.
     
  5. CC'sMom

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    Oh my goodness! I'm sorry to hear this happened to your daughter. How is she doing now?

    I'm glad you mentioned it though, because I wouldn't think twice about giving my daughter a Crystal Light slurpee because I'd assume it was sugar free!
     
  6. Momof4gr8kids

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    That's how I feel. I feel so greatful when I have someone that is not scared of Julia, and will learn the basics. I want Julia to be a kid first, and somewhere down the list comes the D, but I'd rather the things she likes be at the top of that list. I will put D at the top of my list, and as long as who she is with can treat a low, and Julia is having fun with a responsible person I can correct the high when she gets home.
     
  7. mom to a sports nut

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    Amen........I agree with both of you.
     
  8. Tamara Gamble

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    Try sending some ketostix next time. One dip will tell if it's sugar free or not. (i've tried it, it works) Ty can tell by the smell. I can't but he can. This will keep her safer next time and hopefully no mistakes.

    Tami
     
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    Get the individually wrapped ketostix, they go bad in time with exposure to air.
     
  10. deafmack

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    I think people think when it says sugar free that means absolutely sugar free. It means no table sugar is in the food, but it does not mean it is totally 100% sugar free. All one has to do is read the ingredients list. Anyway, it isn't about the sugar, it's about the carbs, the carbs, the carbs.
     
  11. Mama Belle

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    It would have been nice to be able to come from that place, but Samantha is just so responsive to highs. There is no way she could have fun being in the 300s for even over an hour. It has always been a necessity to avoid highs at all costs.
     
  12. Beach bum

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    Here's the run down on the Crystal Light Slurpees:

    http://www.myslurpeecup.com/nutrition.html
    There is quiet a bit of sorbitol and sucralose, which definitely can make a spike.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Regular Slurpee
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Crystal Light Slurpee[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Nutrional Information[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]16oz
    /454ml
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]29oz
    / 828 ml
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]41oz
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]/1.18L[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]16oz
    /454ml
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]29 oz
    /828 ml
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]41oz
    /1.18L
    [/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Calories
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]222[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]403[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]570[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]80[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]145[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]205[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Kilojoules
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]930[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1685[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2383[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Protein (g)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Fat (g)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Total Carbohydrate (g)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]56[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]101[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]142[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]9[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]17[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]24[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sugar (g)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]52[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]95[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]134[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Aspartame (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Acesulfame-K (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sucrolose (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]84[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]152[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]215[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sorbitol (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]0[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]8[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]15[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]21[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Caffeine (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]50[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]91[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]129[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Benzoic Acid (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]32[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]57[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]81[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sodium (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]6[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]11[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]16[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]180[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]326[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]461[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Phosphorus (mg)
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]61[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]110[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]156[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Potassium (mg)[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]14[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]25[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]35[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]n/a[/FONT]​
     
  13. Chase's mom

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    Chase has been in Texas visiting family since June 1st and he will stay there the whole month of June as he does every year. He has ran high since he's been there i'm not sure what to do at this point. He says it's cause they eat out all the time and he is estimating a lot of meals. He gives corrections at every meal.:eek:
     
  14. BrendaK

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    WOW!!! That looks like more sugar than a REGULAR COKE!!!! That just seems like false advertising or whatever you call it. To say "Crystal Lite" Slurpee and have it be that loaded with sugar...:mad:
     
  15. BrendaK

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    Oops -- I read the chart wrong... I didn't see there was Regular Slurpee on the top 3 lines!!! :eek: But if you're still looking at something between 9 and 17 carbs, that STILL needs a bolus!!! (Usually)
     
  16. Beach bum

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    Sorry about how the chart came through! I tried to edit it out but I keep ending up in edit purgatory!:eek:

    For the info, go straight to the link I provided. I does run kind of high with sugar alcohols, so if you are sensitive to it, I could see where the spikes come from.
     
  17. Emma'sDad

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    Yeah, at 9g of carbs for a half liter, that would require Emma to have a needle unless she had it as her snack, but we usually don't give drinks for snacks. Branding it as Crystal Light is definitely is misleading since most of their products are 0g. I can see how somebody could get confused without doing a total scientific analysis of the product. :)
     
  18. JasonJayhawk

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    I just couldn't help but respond... Two months into my Type 1 diagnosis (in my late 20's), I "discovered" this same product after a walk to buy a $1.00 lott-ery (hmm, a banned word!) ticket. (I figured if I was "lucky" to get Type 1 diabetes in my early adulthood, then maybe I'd win the lot-errr-ry?)

    Anyhow, I did this upon myself. I didn't know what kind of carbohydate count it had, but I gulped on a small "Crystal Lite" brand icee during the walk home, and when I got home, found my glucose level extremely high. (I thought the walk did it, until I researched the drink on the Internet to find the carbohydrate content!)

    So even a newly-diagnosed Type 1 can fall for this mistake. I've never had an A1c over 5.8% since 3 months after my diagnosis, and consider myself fairly educated.

    I can understand your frustration with it! I had a lot to learn about nutrition when I was first diagnosed. Hopefully you can help spread the knowledge! :cwds:
     
  19. Mommaof7

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    Here's what I found for carb count on Crystal Light Slurpee, I don't get it though, if their using crystal Light what is adding the carbs?? Seem as though Diet Pepsi Slurpee would be the way to go, no higher than 3 carbs.


    Crystal Light Raspberry Ice Slurpee
    40 oz Slurpee (170 cal/0 g fat/38 g carbs) 3.5
    28 oz Slurpee (120 cal/0 g fat/26 g carbs) 2.5
    22 oz Slurpee (90 cal/0 g fat/21 g carbs) 2
    12 oz Slurpee (50 cal/0 g fat/11 g carbs) 1
    Crystal Light Lemon Lime Ice Slurpee
    40 oz Slurpee (160 cal/0 g fat/34 g carbs) 3.5
    28 oz Slurpee (110 cal/0 g fat/24 g carbs) 2.5
    22 oz Slurpee (90 cal/0 g fat/19 g carbs) 2
    12 oz Slurpee (50 cal/0 g fat/10 g carbs) 1
    Crystal Light Orange Pineapple Ice Slurpee
    40 oz Slurpee (190 cal/0 g fat/38 g carbs) 4
    28 oz Slurpee (130 cal/0 g fat/27 g carbs) 3
    22 oz Slurpee (110 cal/0 g fat/21 g carbs) 2.5
    12 oz Slurpee (60 cal/0 g fat/11 g carbs) 1.5
     
  20. hypercarmona

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    I agree with this. "Sugar Free" most of the time is just a gimmick, unless it's something like diet soda. It depends on the carb count. When I was first diagnosed (I was 14), my ped told me not to worry about carbs or exchanges because it would put too much stress on my family and to just avoid sweets or "EAT AS MUCH SUGAR FREE CANDY AS I WANTED." I learned the hard way about what "sugar free" can do to blood sugars. :eek:
     

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