3, 2, 1. Beep.

by Leighann on September 21, 2011

Diabetes Kit at School

I was at my annual beginning-of-the-school-year teacher training going through my usual spiel.

You know the one. The meeting where I feel like I am going to puke as I tote the big bag full of supplies, supplies, and more supplies just in case those supplies run out, into the school to scare a bunch of teachers and staff into thinking “Oh my lord we are going to break her poor child if we do something wrong.”

Low blood sugar symptoms.
Causes of low blood sugar.
Seizure and unconscious.
High blood sugar.
Wash hands.
Lock downs.
Demo the scary glucagon kit.
Demo testing blood sugars.
And on…

There is a moment each time that I check my own blood sugar using one of the meters in her school kit that I think “Ow, that really hurts, how does she bear checking her finger so often. Oh, I hope my number is good. Won’t that be embarrassing if it’s not. Please be a decent number, lest these people judge me.”

3, 2, 1. Beep.



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1 jenni@talkinghairdryer September 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

Sometimes we humor Brooke and all of us check ours to ease her in to checking hers when she is SICK OF IT. I always get that feeling of “what if someone else’s is sky high?”

Then I think of the times that she’s in the mood to keep her numbers secret and not let the whole family know her number. And I understand that mood a little better.


2 Ann Onimous September 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

We create a packet of info every year for Deirdre’s teachers. This year involved making several packets, one for each teacher: first year of junior high. As we were walking to her next class, she looked at me and said, “I’m the only kid that comes with an instruction manual.” We both stopped and had a good laugh in the hallway. With everything she goes through, she still has a wicked sense of humor.


3 Andrea Yinger September 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

So glad to know we’re not all alone in this. I always feel like I’m completely overwhelming the teachers. Thank goodness I work just across the street from my daughter’s pre-school. I won’t be so lucky once she’s in k-12 and I’ll be turning to all of you for guidance and support!


4 Lisa Abolt September 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thanks so much for posting this! My daughter was diagnosed 6 months ago and as I read this I giggled to realize I am truly not the only one who feels like I scare the teachers and they worry they will do something to hurt her and then think “OW” when I test my BG with my daughter, it was very refreshing.
Then as I read Ann’s comment about the instruction manual I teared up to think my daughter feels exactly the same way and luckily we can still laugh it off 🙂
Nice to know we are not alone


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