We took Liam to IHOP today and he wanted the “Jr. Cupcake Pancake Combo”. Since he had never had this before, I thought this would be a great opportunity to see if IHOP had that binder of Nutritional information that they are supposed to keep. I ask the lady who was serving us if I could see that so that I could figure out how many carbs are in this meal. Yes, I could have just Googled it (in fact it was even in SugarMate)…but I figured why not ask anyway to see what she brings me.
So, she initially says, “Oh, I’ve never seen anything like that here. Let me ask my Manager.” Then she brings out a binder, but no “kids meals” are in it, so she has to go back to the back and then brings out another binder. She’s super concerned and we just indicate we’d like to know the total carbs in that meal so if they have the binder so that we could see it, it would be great. (Hint: I had already googled and found that it was 56 carbs.)
So, then this super sweet lady decides she’s going to “deconstruct” his meal for him…as she brings his meal out she says, and I quote “Because of your son’s allergies, I went ahead and put the whipped cream and sugar sparkles on the side.” So, seeing a teaching moment, I explained to her what diabetes was and he’s not “allergic” to anything (well, except receiving deconstructed meals.)
So, I just spooned everything back onto the top of his pancake and smiled and thanked her. She finally found the binder and the carbs and we compared notes and she was happy that I taught her a bit about this “strange and mysterious disease” that impacts over 100 million Americans.
It’s just so bizarre how foreign this disease to people who don’t live it and know it…I WAS ONE OF THESE PEOPLE prior to Liam’s diagnosis.