Summary: For theatre tech week and performances and for other activities, we create low blood sugar kits that are easily accessible.
Q is very active in local theatre and music. If your child does theatre, you know that tech and performance week can be grueling. They have long hours, lots of dancing, irregular eating schedules, and nerves. These can lead to both low and high blood sugars.
We do our best to be prepared for this by making sure she eats, especially if she has two performances in one day. I am cautious about correcting high blood sugars just before the curtain goes up because I know that an aggressive correction followed by dancing could make her tank.
We also pack “low blood sugar kits,” which we stash in various places so that she has easy access to them. Usually we put one on either side of the stage and in her dressing room. We make sure that a responsible adult (stage crew, etc.) knows who she is, that she’s diabetic, and that she will need these kits if her blood sugar goes low. It’s important that Q knows where they are and that the crew knows that they shouldn’t be moved from the agreed upon locations.
The reality is that this is sometimes overkill. For many plays she doesn’t even need to access her stash. But if there’s one thing I have learned about diabetes management, it’s that we should always be prepared.
As we head into tech and performance week, I thought I would share the kits that I was packing up to take in. I use square plastic containers that are easy to open. This time I placed two juice boxes, a roll of glucose tablets, and two granola bars in each container. I then put a piece of painter’s tape (because it’s easily removed) on the lid and labelled it with her name and “low blood sugar” using a gold Sharpie.
These low blood sugar kits are also great for sports practices and games as well as after school clubs and other extra-curricular activities.
Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.
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