It is finally here – Eden’s first day of Middle School – 6th Grade !
Eden was not excited – not nervous – not really anything – except totally bummed that she had to miss 3 days of JT Elite Basketball Camp because school was starting..
Yesterday she said “stupid school” – and I kinda had to agree with her on that one – she was having SO much fun at basketball camp and I would have loved to be able to oblige her in skipping the first 3 days of school 🙂
Getting a child ready for school with Type 1 Diabetes comes with a LOT of extra challenges and anxiety… I can’t just count down the days anymore and do a little happy dance when I drop them back to school because I am free … It is incredibly stressful – takes a LOT of planning and preparation on my part to make sure that all of the documents, supplies and support is in place to ensure she is SAFE at school when I drop her off for the day..
This year there was the added stress because it was a new school, new campus, new teachers and we are having Eden step away from going to the nurses office to test her blood sugar. She is going to be on her own unless of course there is a problem. But, she needs to be confident enough to speak UP if there is a problem in all of the new surroundings..
A little additional stress for me is the fact that teachers only went back yesterday!!! I didn’t realize they went back so late and I was expecting teacher meetings PRIOR to school starting so that my mind would be put at ease..
The fact that the teachers at least KNEW
about Eden’s Type 1 Diabetes..
had READ the note the nurse put in their cubby.
Unfortunately, that anxiety has not been quelled.
Not only do the teachers need to know the symptoms if something is wrong – but the fact that she may need to check her blood sugar, eat a snack in the classroom and use her telephone to contact me. Her pump makes beeping noises when she uses it. It alarms every now and again when something needs to be attended to. Kids aren’t supposed to have electronics – so the teachers need to know..
I want Eden to feel completely comfortable testing her blood sugar in class.. It was suggested she go to the bathroom or into a separate room.. I don’t really like that idea… I would think that would be much more disruptive to the class than just sitting at her desk. If Eden is comfortable testing at her desk – I WANT her to test at her desk! Eden can make that decision…
All of this might not seem like a big deal to non-D parents – but it IS a BIG DEAL… It is my childs LIFE, her emotional and physical well being. T1D carries a HUGE emotional side that rarely gets addressed.
As Eden’s mother – I NEED TO KNOW that she is completely and utterly safe whilst at school. T1D is totally unpredictable and you just never know what could be thrown your way on any given day.. I don’t just drop her off at anyones house without knowing she is in good hands – why would school be any different?