Back To School With Diabetes

Back To School With Diabetes
School starts in just three weeks!
After a busy summer full of travel and learning more about our diabetes it is time to get ready for school. Of course that includes buying the next size in the school uniform we outgrew, shoes that fit, pencils, paper and all that good stuff.
For a child with Type 1 Diabetes, back to school means so much more. 

Managing School With Diabetes

Attending school with diabetes is not a simple task. It is full of a myriad of medical supplies and snacks that must be strategically placed throughout the school, educating the school health staff and teachers on what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic:
  • How and when to use those supplies
  • How they can help ensure your child’s safety at school
  • Advocating for your child to administration if there is no support available
  • New carb:insulin ratios
  • Basal rates if you are pumping
  • Insulin doses if you are injecting to match the new school schedule
  • After-school activities.

All of these things must be considered in the context of the activity and with their coaches.

If your child rides the bus, what to you do? 

How do you manage school parties and those dreaded carb loads?

Depending on their age, how do you get them to become more independent in managing their diabetes at school?

If they are not independent yet, how do you manage play dates and activities?

All this and more… plus any anxiety or stress your child might have, and probably more for the parents of diabetic children.

Being a Caretaker of a Diabetic School Child Is Not Easy!

Read the above list three times out loud without taking a breath and you get a small idea of the heavy weight carried when sending a Type 1 back to school, or off to school for the first time. And those are just the highlights!
If you’re in the position of being a parent or caretaker of a diabetic school child, you’re not alone.
It is stressful, but with a lot of planning, work and advocating it can go well. Sometimes really well.
Over the next several days as I prepare to send my Type 1 back to school I will share the tools, links and other things I do to try to manage all of those things and more.
Even though I have done it a few times, I am still not mentally ready to tackle it just yet. But it has to be done. 
So as you recover from reading that list three times without taking a breath, take a deep breath now and let’s recall the beautiful days of summer just one more time before we begin.
Still got a bit of traveling to do before summer ends? Get your free Traveling With Diabetes guide.

4 Responses to Back To School With Diabetes

  • To me, and I imagine mothers of Diabetic children, you are the Fairy God Mother of how to cope and care for a child/children with this health challenge. I don’t have a child with Diabetes, but I find your spirit, your sharing of such awesome and helpful information just awe inspiring. You help so many find a path from fear, overwhelm and worry into resources and practical can do action. Your blog is simply life-saving I know. And humbling—and I thought getting my sons ready for school was tough..haha. Your son and so many peeps are so lucky to have you in their corner. Love the snack ideas and educating the school!

  • Whew! Thanks so much for the insight Pam. Looking forward to future posts as you share tools and suggestions for how to navigate the going back to school time with type 1 diabetes.

  • WOW, Pam!! I had no idea how much additional stress was on parents of diabetics returning to school. All those considerations that must be made, possibilities planned for. The information you are sharing is clearly a godsend to those struggling in this world. Thanks for all you do to make that struggle a little more bearable!!

  • I cannot imagine the amount of work and stress to send your children back to school, but proper planning and consideration must be taken into account so your son can make the most out of his school year. Thanks for sharing your tips on supporting diabetic children in school and the stress you have been through. By sharing that, you are not helping your own kid, but more family that endure the same situation and stress.

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