what if….?? EMERGENCY strikes

 

As parents we pretty much always see worst case scenarios flash through our brains and try to eliminate disaster before it strikes…

It’s engrained in our thinking to protect our children – from anything and anyone who could cause them harm.

We pad edges of coffee tables and fireplace hearths, we puts gates on stairs, child locks on drawers and toilet seats when they are young… you name it we want to do anything and everything in our power to protect our children from an accident or god forbid worse…

As they get older – they get warnings when rough housing that “someone is going to get hurt” – we want to protect them from cyberbullies, we check ingredients, buy organic, wear mouth guards to protect their teeth – you name it…

 

We do what we can to protect them, shield them, prepare them to make smart choices, advocate for themselves, for their friends and be good members of society… 

 

D parents need to go so much further than that ..

We need to teach our children to keep themselves ALIVE, healthy and thriving..

We have to educate our children – teachers, coaches, family and friends…

 

We teach our kids about blood sugar numbers, high / low symptoms and how to treat them – how to calculate insulin dosages and inject themselves with it. How to adjust for exercise or stress and to carry supplies with them anywhere and everywhere they go – because WHAT IF ?? 

We HAVE to be PREPARED for the worst case scenario because it can and does happen…. Type 1 Diabetes is unpredictable – but you know what – SO IS LIFE….  You never know when an emergency might strike such as a HARD LOCKDOWN at school… meaning your kid is stranded where they are with zero communication and only what they have with them to survive.. 

Today the D community got a wake up call … I got a wake up call… unfortunately this is the day and age we live in – it happens and it is ONE MORE THING we need to be prepared for.. that I need to prepare Eden for just in case…

Here is the story as it unfolded, that I have been given permission from the mother to share – I am so grateful that everything turned out OK and I am sharing in an effort to help further educate .. A lockdown can turn into a very dangerous situation for our D kids – and it isn’t just because there is a crazy maniac on the loose…

This story will protect and save lives in the future – and I will be having Eden carry glucagon with her from here on out.

 

Initial post in T1D Support group this morning....
Initial post in T1D Support group this morning…. HUNDREDS of us were waiting, offering support and watching for updates… 

 

 

 

 

another D mom posted this picture as a piece of advice for other parents..

what is it? you might ask…

starburst – starburst, taped to the bottom of a desk in case of a hard lockdown during school hours..

Eden has supplies in every classroom – but it never dawned on me that she might be stuck UNDER her desk unable to move for hours on end in a hard lockdown scenario…

 

 

 

HOURS LATER we get this update…. 

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SCARY?!?!

Our school medical plan states that in an emergency situation Eden will be taken care of… In a HARD LOCKDOWN this cannot happen…..

Her 12 year old son is clearly a CRAZY AMAZING KID …… and his parents deserve major kudos too… they were PREPARED – they PREPARED HIM –  and the most impressive thing – he was only diagnosed 7 months ago…

 

 

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