I wanted to give you all an example of the kinds of things that we eat for dinner and how we calculate an insulin dosage.

Last night for dinner we had pork chops, scalloped potatoes and corn. Kimmy Sue usually drinks mandarin orange flavored carbonated water with her meals. She’s not a big fan of milk except with cereal. If she has something else like Kool-aid or juice or something we would add the carbohydrates to the count and give insulin for that. The pork chops were breaded with a recipe that we got from Diabetic Living that Kimmy calls “Heaven in my mouth.” The recipe is for chicken legs but I decided to try it on the pork chops tonight. We originally tried this out because the magazine said it had only 4g of carbohydrates. Yay!

Here’s the recipe:


Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken, aka Heaven In My Mouth


1/2 c eggs beaten

1/4c fat free milk

3/4c grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 c fine dry bread crumbs

2 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1 tsp paprika

16 chicken drumsticks, skinned

1/4 c butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease two large shallow baking pans, set aside. In a small bowl combine eggs and milk. In a shallow dish combine Parmesan, bread crumbs, oregano, paprika and 1/4 tsp black pepper.


2. Dip chicken drumsticks into egg mixture; coat with crumb mixture. Arrange drumsticks in prepared baking pans, making sure pieces do not touch. Drizzle with melted butter.


3. Bake, uncovered, 45 to 55 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (180º for drumsticks). Do not turn chicken pieces during baking. Sprinkle with fresh oregano and serve with lemon weges.


Nutrition Information Per Serving: 185 cal., 8g total fat (3g saturated fat), 103 mg chol., 255 mg sodium, 4g carb. (0g fiber, 1g sugars), 22g protein. Exhages: 0.5 starch, 3 lean meat


The changes I made here were that I used pork chops (not the bone in kind, the thinly sliced breakfast pork chops) instead of chicken drumsticks and I didn’t serve it with fresh oregano or lemon wedges. The plan was to make some Parmesan mashed potatoes (which are simply delicious) but I didn’t have shaved Parmesan which works so much better than the stuff in the spaghetti aisle at the store and I was tired and didn’t feel like peeling potatoes. That would have been one of those dishes that I would use the book we got at the hospital for too. I would calculate the grams of carbohydrates in a serving of mashed potatoes and figure in the grams from the cheese per serving, although cheese doesn’t have much, if any carbohydrates at all. It’s one of those “free” snacks that we keep on hand since Kimmy Sue loves it so much and we don’t have to give her insulin when she eats it but I’ve digressed. Back to dinner…..so, to figure up the carbohydrate count for dinner we figure in the 4g for the breading on the meat, then add consider the 21g for one serving of scalloped potatoes which we got from the nutrition information on the box (Thank you very much Betty Crocker) then add in the carbohydrates from a serving of corn, except that Kimmy didn’t eat her scalloped potatoes so we can ignore that. One serving of corn is 2/3c and in that is 14g of carbohydrates. Kimmy likes corn….a lot so she ate two servings so our carb count so far is 28g. Then we figure the 4g from the breading which brings out total up to 32g. We then divide this by 20 because our ratio is 1 unit/20g of carbohydrates. This brings our total units to 1.6 which we round down to 1 1/2 units. However, we are not done here. From here we must add or subtract for Kimmy’s blood sugar. Last night her blood sugar was pretty high. She had been snacking and not letting me know so we had to figure in for her higher level of blood sugar. Her blood sugar was 329 and that’s high enough to test for Ketones but we aren’t talking about Ketones here; I just wanted you to be aware of the numbers and what they mean and what we do when they hit certain levels. With Kimmy we give one unit of insulin for every 50 units over 150 that her blood sugar is. So for a blood sugar level of 329 we would give four (4) extra units of insulin. So Kimmy’s dosage of insulin for supper last night was 5 1/2 units of Humalog. We give Humalog because that is the fast acting insulin and we have to give the fast acting insulin within 30 minutes of when she starts eating in order to help her body process the carbohydrates that she is taking in. We always give her insulin after she eats because we never know how much she is going to eat. For instance, I put a serving of scalloped potatoes on her plate but she didn’t eat them. If I had given insulin for the potatoes, she would have too much insulin in her system and that would cause her to experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Obviously this is something that we want to avoid so we are careful how much insulin we give her and for me, that means giving her insulin after she has eaten. The endocrinologists are okay with this strategy. We do what it takes to keep our girl healthy!


So, that’s an example of the kinds of things that we eat and how we calculate our insulin dosage. Incidentally, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the “Heaven In My Mouth” breading on the pork chops. And I think next time I will only use 1 tsp of oregano. I felt the flavor was too strong or maybe it was just that it didn’t go well with the pork chops. At any rate, I wasn’t impressed with it. I will have to fiddle with it and see what I can come up with.

A final note, since Kimmy Sue was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, she has taken a big interest in cooking. She has started helping out a lot in the kitchen with cooking dinner and such. She is learning how to cook and is very good at calculating carbohydrates. When we go to the grocery store she is always checking labels, especially when we are looking for after school snacks! She’s on her way to learning how to take care of herself which is a good thing because she’s growing up and one day will be responsible for all this herself!


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