18-year-old Diabetic refuses to share Apple Juice with Autistic niece throwing tantrum

Gillian Sisley

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

In a recent Reddit post, an 18-year-old diabetic woman shared her experience during a family hike that resulted in conflict with her brother and sister-in-law.

The author explains that while on a family hike, her 7-year-old autistic niece suddenly wanted juice, which was a big issue, as she explains:

“I’m 18 and a diabetic, and I have a 7-year-old autistic niece. Yesterday, my family went hiking and my brother's family came along, We were walking along the mountains and my niece suddenly wanted juice. My sister-in-law gave her sugar-free orange juice, but my niece refused it and said she wanted apple juice instead, and guess who had packed apple juice with them? Me.”

When the author’s brother asked if they could switch juices since the author didn't currently need the apple juice, she declined:

“I like having something sugary on me in case something happens because, you know, I’m diabetic. I refused and said that their juice had no sugar and what if my sugar rate suddenly went low? Because mine suddenly goes down so I like to be prepared.”

The sister-in-law reassured the author, explaining that they were close to reaching their house and that nothing would happen, but she still refused:

“My SIL said we were close to reaching the house, and she was sure nothing will happen to me in the 10-minute walk left to reach the house. My niece was crying because her sensory issues couldn't handle the orange juice little chunks. I refused again and we went home with my niece screaming her lungs out that she wanted my juice, and it ruined the whole mood and made everyone annoyed.”

The author's brother and sister-in-law are now upset with her, as she concludes with:

“My brother and SIL are a little mad at me for not understanding my niece's sensory issues, but shouldn't they have prepared a backup juice in case this happened to my niece? Nothing happened to my sugar rate on our way down, like my SIL said she was sure of, but I still wasn't comfortable but I don’t know how I feel right now.”

What do you think?

Was the author absolutely justified to refuse to share her juice with her niece, since she needed it for herself in case she had a diabetic scare and required it for her own health reasons?

Or was the author selfish to not accommodate her niece’s sensory issues, since the child was only throwing a tantrum because she is on the autism spectrum?

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