A Day in the Life…

by Leighann on May 10, 2010

What is a typical day in the life of diabetes for our family? Our family has two working parents and two children and our days would be busy even without diabetes! Here is what our days often look like. When dance class and pump changes coincide, it’s extra crazy.


  • Check blood sugar and give correction and partial bolus
  • Breakfast (count, weigh, measure, bolus)
  • Make school lunch (write down carb counts on record slip and put into pump bag or get carbs counts from the school district’s website if she’s having hot lunch)
  • Fill water bottle and put in backpack so she has access to water all day
  • Double check backpack to make sure pump bag and lunch are actually in there
  • Hop in car, run back inside to get her bracelet, which I have inevitably forgotten to put on her wrist
  • Peek into backpack as she goes inside to make sure I actually put her pump bag in


  • 10-15 gram carb snack with the rest of the class


  • School nurse pulls her from class as the students begin getting ready for lunch
  • Nurse checks her blood sugar
  • Goes to the lunch room and may or may not be told by other students that she’s “cutting in line” as she goes to the front to get her lunch or milk so she has adequate time to eat
  • Nurse checks to see how much food she actually consumed (usually all of it if I packed it, but doesn’t eat everything if it’s hot lunch)
  • Subtracts half a unit of insulin if recess is outdoors
  • Nurse gives her bolus as she is ready to bolt out the door to the playground
  • I watch the clock from 11:30 until 12:15 wondering if the nurse is going to call with questions or if she’s too high or low


  • Grabs a snack from her locker before PE

After School

  • Plays on the playground for 15 minutes before going home
  • Might eat her snack on the playground or wait until she gets home
  • Change her OmniPod at 4:00 PM, giving 1 unit of insulin before change to keep her from going high at bedtime after pump change

Dance Class

  • Eats a snack on her way to dance class to keep from going low


  • Check blood sugar and give correction and partial bolus before eating
  • Give additional bolus for the rest of the food she actually eats


  • Bath at 8:00
  • Blood glucose check
  • Bedtime snack of 15 grams carbs including a source of protein (usually a half glass milk)
  • Reading and snuggle usually resulting in me falling asleep with her for a little while because I am so tired


  • Depending on her bedtime BG, we may or may not check her over night

This post is on the topic “A Day in the Life…With Diabetes” as part of the Diabetes Blog Week 2010. For more participating blogs, visit Bitter-Sweet.

Read my other Diabetes Blog Week Posts:

Day One: A Day in the Life…

Day Two: Forbidden Fruit or Good Hypo Treatment?

Day Three: Grandma’s Girl

Day Four: Let Them Eat Cake!

Day Five: Gotta Dance!

Day Six: A Thousand Words

Diabetes Blog Week 2010

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather May 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

Thanks for sharing. Nice to get a little glimpse of what it will look like with my daughter is in school.


2 Leighann May 11, 2010 at 8:54 am

It does become routine, but it definitely adds more to do in the morning. Kids are hard to get up, fed, dressed, and ready for school as it is without adding all the extras that D brings.

You can do it though 🙂


3 KristinD May 10, 2010 at 8:07 am

very similar in this house too..so much to do in the mornings!


4 Leighann May 11, 2010 at 8:52 am

And you’d think that it would become less hectic the longer we do it!


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