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Slurpee Adventures

My brother and sister have been addicted to Slurpees for longer than either would like to admit.  It wasn’t overly surprising then, when my sister pulled into a 7-11 store on our way to her house and proclaimed that she needed a Slurpee. 

I am not the fan that my siblings are. I haven’t had one in years. I knew however that my youngest son would probably love the try to cool treat. I also had heard from people who lived near 7-11 stores, that they now had low carb Slurpees.  We were set!

I found the calorie reduced Crush Slurpee and filled a large glass. I then began to look around. “I don’t suppose that they have a carb count listed anywhere around here do they?”  I asked.  I searched for cup sizes and any other details I could find.  There were none. 

My sister was certain that we could find something on the Internet and promised to help me dig around when we got home.  

I hopped into her truck, grabbed my phone and began a search.  I found the Slurpee in question but the carb count was for 355mL beverage.  How big was the cup I had? I continued to search while we drove back to my sister’s house.  

When we arrived my son tested and began his frozen treat.  He was not as enamoured as my siblings but he was not giving it up either. I was still working on the carb count.  I finally found the serving size for a “large” cup.  My sister piped up to cross multiply and divide to get the carbs in my son’s Slurpee! 

Sadly, I was too familiar with this process and got out the calculator.  Soon we had a carb count of approximately 76g CHO and my son was good to go. 

The entire process took at least a half an hour.  It struck me that in “normal” circumstances a parent goes to the store, brings home a treat, the child eats the treat.  The end.  For those that think that diabetes is no big deal, they ought to try buying something as simple as a low calorie Slurpee for their loved one and see what sort of a deal it really is. 

No you can’t eat that chocolate bar!

WEGO Health Activist Blog Activity for day 8!

“Wow! That’s a lot of Easter treats!”

The “loot” including the infamous chocolate bar

“Yes,” my son said as he came in the door from school. “The bag of treats came from the bus driver and I won the bar.”

“Almond and chocolate?? You should really give your mother that bar.  I love almond and chocolate!”

“Yeah, they told me that at school.”

I was puzzled. How could his school know that I loved almonds and chocolate? “They told you at school to give me the bar?”

“Yep.  After I won the bar, they said to me, You have diabetes so you can’t eat that but you can take it home for your mother.”

I was stunned. Had these people learned nothing from my conversations with them? My child could not eat chocolate if he wanted to??? “They told you that? Are you serious? Have they never seen you eat?”

“I don’t know but yeah, that’s what they said.  They said that I couldn’t eat the bar.”

“Have they learned nothing? Why couldn’t you eat the bar if you had insulin for it? You don’t have to eat the entire bar at one sitting but there is no reason for you not to have the bar.”

“I know” my son said as he headed off to his room with his candy…chocolate and almond bar included!