The calendar has change and we’ve come to the time of year where the kids go back to school. For most families, this is done with less anxiety than a d-family. There’s the great unknown of diabetes, but luckily, my wife is more than a pro. The first day of school went off without a diabetes hitch. That’s a good thing, trust me.
The girls are in 7th, 5th and 4th this year. Here’s the 1st day of school picture. When we told scrunch that he’d have to go to school in a few years, he was unhappy (really was not his reaction, but it’s a funny picture and fits).
I feel for all d-parents out there, I hear so many horror stories about schools and school nurses that make life hell for the students and the parents. It’s not right. Our school doesn’t have a nurse, it has a d-mom that’s a secretary. Specifically, she has two kids with Type 1 and a husband with Type 1. Let’s just say she does fine. The other secretary has a grandchild with Type 1 and has Type 2 herself. She does just fine too. I can’t use their name obviously, but they are awesome.
I won’t write on about 504 plans, or how to build a relationship with the school. Scott, a fellow d-dad blogger wrote a fantastic post at Arden’s Day, and I’ll let you read it yourself. Trust me, it is good and you need to read it! I repeat, read it!
I know the anxiety mill and that makes your stomach churn, and churn. I have good news, there are plenty of resources out there to turn to. You can check out a few post on my wife’s blog Sweet to the Soul (see blog roll), she doesn’t blog much (she has a little boy taking up her time) and my good friend Leighann at the D-mom blog. Also, the American Diabetes Association has a lot of great stuff on diabetes and schools. Let’s not forget Children with Diabetes website, it has an abundance of information to help with school and diabetes.
It’s that time of year again, school is in, and your child has diabetes. Plan, prepare, ask for help, and do your best, and remember, many others have gone through what you are dealing with. They’re all willing to help. Here’s to another year of school.
(PS, I’m still working on the post reflecting on our second diagnoses; it’s kind of deep, so it will take a little time to finish)