Gearing Up for Summer

by Leighann on June 5, 2012

I messaged the school nurse to ask her to gather all of our diabetes supplies that are stashed throughout the school. We have various supplies located in the main office, classroom, PE office, and music room (that’s where she would likely be in a lockdown if she wasn’t in her own classroom or during sever weather).

When I picked Q up from school on the last day she had a giant box for me to carry out. This was in addition to a year’s worth of school work.

I was about to start integrating the supplies back into my stock that’s kept in the kitchen cabinet, but I realized I need to rotate, refresh, and refill what’s in her two kits (the ones that are kept in the classroom and music room). She’ll need one of these kits to take to day camp for the three weeks she’d like to go. She’ll be spending her days at her grandparents’ house while my husband and I work. It’s just as easy to leave a kit with them. We normally send our “preparedness kit” on sleepovers, but I don’t want to lug that back and forth daily.

I’m just thankful that for diabetes camp I can just slow down the car, shove her out the door, and know she’ll be fine under the care of the extensive staff. Send a postcard kid. See you next Saturday!

Okay, that’s not entirely true. Parents actually do check in their children which requires going over their care, insulin to carb ratios, correction factors, and all that diabetes jazz. But at least I don’t have to worry about sending a stockpile of supplies. They’ve got that covered.

And as a side note: Q has a metric ton of homework to do over the summer. The teacher suggests 30 minutes daily. I’m going to keep her engaged and help her retain all that she learned in second grade, but my gosh! She had to select a weekly goal from each of the categories and I had to sign off on it.

And even my son who will be entering kindergarten has suggested, though not required, work to do.

So much for getting a break!

To see how I make the shift to summer, head over to Disney where I have a piece The Summertime Shift as part of their summer content.

Disney Diabetes

(Go read it and then come back…thanks!)

You’ll understand why I say this after reading the piece, but…I think my mom had to call every single day during the first week of summer vacation because Q’s blood sugar was low at lunchtime.

(As a side note, I thought Q would be totally excited to see my name on the Disney website. She said, “Cool.” and started to walk away. I said, “I thought you’d be more excited when you saw that I’m on the Disney site.” To which she replied, “Well, you’re already on the internet.”)

Further Reading


*Image from the Disney website.

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1 Denise aka Mom of Bean June 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Ah, yes, the slow down just enough so they don’t get too banged up kick to the curb for D camp….LOVE IT!!! Just knowing they are with an entire staff that understands diabetes is awesome!

Love the idea of re-purposing the school stashes for summer activities!

Bean’s spending time this summer doing some catch up for school…gotta fill in some holes caused by out of class time for D stuff the past two years!


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