There has been much on the news lately about the weather. The sub-zero temps, the snow in the south and the ice in between. Every time I hear about people that are stranded in their cars I can't help but think if any of them have T1D, or are with their children with T1D. What do they do if stuck for a long period of time? Do they have enough with them to treat a low? This weekend I found out exactly what it is like to be stuck in the car with a kid with T1D and limited food supplies.
I was taking M and her best friend KP snow tubing. The roads were a little snow covered, but we live near the snow belt so a little snow doesn't bother me. We were on the interstate when a saw a police car and flares, with the officer signaling to people to slow down. We slowed to a crawl and then a complete stop. We hadn't eaten lunch yet because we were planning to eat when we got to the snow tubing place. At this point M says, "Mom I feel low." She checks 58. I grab my purse which is usually stocked with snacks, only to realize that I have not replaced snacks in my purse for a while. I have 8 glucose tabs and 2 granola bars. We have a half bottle of water in the car. I give M 2 glucose tabs. I should have given her 3 but I was rationing. I check the traffic report on my phone as find out that there is a multi-vehicle crash ahead of us. We are going to be here for a while.
40 minutes later, M says she feels low again. She is 78. Also both girls are saying they are hungry. At this point KP tells me she didn't eat breakfast this morning. I have 2 hungry girls, one with T1D and 2 smooshed granola bars. Do I save them both for M, or do I give one to each girl assuming we won't be stuck long? I give one to each girl and they share the water.
Over all we were stuck for close to 2 hours. I know this wasn't a long time. But with a kid with T1D in the car and limited supplies it felt like forever. I can't imagine being stuck much longer. We made it to the snow tubing place and had a great time, complete with a hot chocolate break. I also stopped and got some snacks to have in the car for the trip back! I learned my lesson. I will always keep plenty of snacks a glucose tabs in the car at all times!