5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes
Teachers: givers of knowledge, confidence, and advice.
Teachers play a huge role in your kids’ lives. They are the role models at school, the all-knowing question answerers, the keepers of the hall passes. Your kids depend on them to tell them what they need to know, and you as parents depend on them to keep your kids safe at school.
Each new school year often means new teachers…and for you, that means another explanation of your child’s diabetes and how it should be handled in the classroom. Start the school year off right by giving them a few basic pointers, and help them remain the well-informed mentors your kids have come to trust.
5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes:
1. Most kids with diabetes don’t want to be different, and they don’t want to be treated differently.
2. It is very unlikely that they will pretend to feel high or low to get out of the classroom. Take them seriously, and never deny the child’s request for water or a blood sugar test.
3. Kids who inject insulin may need a little extra time before lunch to accommodate their injection.
4. Kids with diabetes must be able to check their blood sugar levels. If the child has low blood sugar, he or she must have access to glucose. If he or she has high blood sugar, the child must be given access to water and the restroom.
5. Children with diabetes must have access to emergency glucose in case of hypoglycemia. If a doctor prescribes snacks for a child with diabetes, they must be allowed to eat. Coaches and gym teachers may need to keep glucose tablets on hand in case of hypoglycemia.
The best thing parents can do is take preventative measures to keep their children safe at school.
Educating your child’s teachers, classmates, and school faculty members on your child’s condition can help save his or her life. It is also imperative that he or she wears a diabetes medical ID bracelet. Make sure your child’s diabetes medical ID bracelet is up-to-date with their diabetes information, medications, and emergency contact numbers. Additionally, we recommend medical backpack tags to keep your kids safe at school.
Now it's your turn! Please share your tips for keeping your child's teacher or school faculty members up-to-date on your child's medical information.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who entered last week's Free Stuff Friday giveaway. Here are the three lucky winners of last week's medical ID's. The winners can expect an email from me shortly.
Item 1: Patty J., "I love #1. I am a fan on Facebook and have commented there and on my Facebook page. I also subscribe to the blog. I wear ID's because I have RSD/CRPS. I take alot of meds and have a spinal cord stimulator so I can't have an MRI. I think it's very important to have an ID so medical personnel know how to treat you. My son is in school to be a paramedic and it's the first thing he looks for now."
Item 2: Deborah F., "I have written about myself, but when I found out how sick I was my sister was on the road traveling with her job as an xray tech. She got back home and things weren't right. She had to go through some testing for her job because they thought something was wrong and how right they were. Out of no where she had a seizure at home and scared my 87 yr old father to death. At first the hospital ER said she had a mental break, but within 12 hours she was on her way back to the hospital by ambulance. She was in the middle of a seizure, and awake and talking, but not herself. They put her on meds, set up appts. for Drs. and sent her home. Working was out of the question, and as sick as I was and not supposed to be around the public, I hopped the next plane for home to help my dad with my sister.
Nashville Doctor's diagnosed her with with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Syndrome with Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Its a very rare diease and very few people have it.
She went from being herself and working in a hospital doing xrays, mamo's, etc to not being able to remember yesterday, today, or years ago. Her long term memory is horrible now and her short term memory is really bad. She can not read a book and have a TV on. She can not concentrate or remember what she has read. Plus, she can not work with numbers at all. Dates, times(can't tell time), writing a check, using her debit card, etc. is a disaster for her and it is killing her as a person. She doesnt want to be sick, but the antibodies in her body are attacking her thyroid and her brain. She is on all kinds of meds for seizures, and the antibody problem, but it's not a fix; its just a small help to get her through. She has what she calls meltdowns, where she cries becauses of frustration. I spent months going to KY and back to FL where I live for my Dr's. But I had to be with her. She was going down hill and needed me with her, so we were on the road together either heading for FL or KY. She is my sister and I will always be there no matter what. I love her and hate to see what she is going through. She was so outgoing and active, and now she stays close to home and away from others so she doesn't have to explain what is wrong with her. I havent been able to go and get her in the last few months but she is coming here in a few weeks to be with us.
She wants a bracelet from Lauren's Hope, but I have to sit with her and help her pick one out and order it (it has to do with numbers and using her card to pay)) But we will get her one while she is here. She is one person who deserves to win a bracelet. I'm not sure how people are choosen, but I would love to see her win something, god what a wonderful feeling she would get from winning something, and having something beautiful to wear to warn people that she is ill. Her illness is not cureable, like mine. We both got sick with rare diseases close to the same time. I keep saying God had me become ill to help take care of my sister and I don't mind being ill if I can be with her and help her in any way possible. She doesn't know I am doing this, but I had to add her story. It's so sad to see someone so happy, full of life, active, vibrant and intelligent change so drastically. The loss of her memory and ability to deal with numbers has caused her to look down on herself, and I keep saying it's not your fault, just keep on truckin girl!!! LOL So if you can take time to pray for Cathy and hope for a medication that will slow down the process of this diease."
Item 3: Brittany, "I would love to win #3. I wear a medical alert bracelet because I have reactive hypoglycemia. Since it is made of stainless steel it would be great for my active lifestyle, and if I may mention it looks beautifully simple! :) I don't have a medical alert bracelet that is really durable."