Packing lunches for school may be the most dreaded thing about the school year for me. Often I pack as much as I can the night before to make for speedy prep in the morning. One morning, Caleb was unusually proactive and got his things all packed up, including grabbing his lunch box out of the fridge, without being asked. We hustled about with the rest of the morning routine and everyone was off to school as usual.
Caleb boluses for lunch before he eats. On this particular day, he carried out his prelunch bg check and bolus and joined his class in the cafeteria as normal.
He opened his lunchbox to this (a re-creation):
Just a little panic.
When I make the lunch the night before, I don’t make the sandwich. I prefer to make it fresh in the morning. Typically, I am prompted to do so when I take the boxes out of the fridge to pack them. Since Caleb did this step that day, no prompt for mom. No problem for Lila – she had a yogurt parfait all packed the night before. Colin’s school provides a full hot/cold buffet and salad bar each day. So it was only dear ol’ Caleb left with this dilemma.
Of course for Caleb this is more than just a matter of maybe not having enough to eat resulting in a grumbly tummy that afternoon. His lunch carb tally included a sandwich and the bolus that he already received included those thirty carbs. The blood-sugar-reducing insulin was already in the works.
Caleb alerted his amazing school nurse. The cafeteria staff, knowing full well about Caleb, graciously put together a sandwich for him. Everything turned out wonderfully. This was just the slightest of bumps.
Other than my bruised momma-ego, that is.
For the combined fourteen years of packing school lunches, I have never before had this little snafu. And won’t likely have it ever again!