Well today was Craigs first day of school. 8th grade...
Yesterday I had to go to the school and speak with all of his teachers.
I had to teach them about type 1, Craig and go over his 504 plan as well. I had a few print outs for them and had to go over signs of low and high glucose, how to treat them and all of the "rules" for helping Craig with his diabetes.. Although he has to regularly check his glucose at school we do not want it to be a stress, or make a scene in class you know?
He can do it quietly and he is able to text me his numbers as well if he is high (above 300) or low (below 80).
I had to teach them how to use the Glucagon if needed (hopefully never needed!!)...Today I had to drop off supplies at the nurses office and make sure Craig had all he needs in his backpack. This year we have decided he will carry his insulin with him instead of going to the nurses office everyday before lunch..Why? Because it will be more convenient for Craig and also less interaction IN the nurses office, which means less chances of catching any germ/bug thats going around.
Craig has to carry all of hi school supplies, books and lunch..But he also has to always carry these items with him: meter, insulin, juice and tablets, carb snacks and protein snacks. He should always have water with him as well, but he forgot it on the counter this morning:)
Some people may think that after a few moths Type 1 becomes easier and his number will even out and all will be great..But with Type 1 that is not the case.. There is always a struggle to get good numbers (stress, illness, hormones, activity & food can all affect his numbers)..There are always a lot of things to be done when we go anywhere, and when he goes anywhere.. He cant just run out the door and go to Boy scouts.. Nope, he has to prepare and plan every little thing...He has to have his supplies with him always or it can be a matter of life and death..That may sound harsh or dramatic, but its the truth... Type 1 is a serious disease and is very hard to keep up with.
If he gets sick, it can mean a long sickness, its never as easy as just getting cough syrup and rest... Last year he was in the hospital several times and missed school because of it.. Then he is trying to get better, make up school work and also keep up on what they are presently learning.. It makes things difficult to say the least.. Luckily he is a hard worker and does his best, but its hard to see him so stressed out.. Its al ot to keep up with school, sports, Boy Scouts and life AND diabetes..