I dropped of my younger two with a neighbor, before hustling to get Sugar and I to the school.
We walked in, signed the visitor log, and took a seat.
I could hardly believe it was time again. Time to gather the troops to make sure everyone is on the same page. Time to run though the checks and balances. Time to review the battle plan.
One by one, they began showing up.
The Vice Principle.
The Music Teacher.
The Art Teacher.
Both PE Teachers.
The School Nurse.
The Health Assistant.
All three second grade teachers.
Her 1st grade teacher.
And us…my girl and me.
Gathered around a big conference table, I took the lead with a short explanation of what Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease is, and asked if anyone had any questions.
Our school district instituted a new computerized system for managing 504 meetings, and the Vice Principle had meticulously gone through the entire document to make sure each detail was in place. We passed out copies, and started at the top.
Questions were thoughtful and relevant. The team covered every detail, and we went in circles until each base was covered, and everyone felt comfortable. Here’s a few highlights:
- Instead of stashing supplies in various places around the school, she carries a little backpack that contains everything she needs (including Glucagon). By doing this, she will always have access to what she needs, and will also be prepared for unexpected situations, such as lockdowns, fire drills, or other emergencies. The teacher keeps a little hook next to the door, and she puts her bag there, making sure to grab it whenever she leaves the classroom. It goes back and forth between home and school everyday.
- If she alerts someone that she is feeling low, the school nurse or health aid should be called to come to her. At no time will she be left alone. Only an adult may accompany her during a blood sugar problem, but she can go to the Health Office for routine diabetes care with another student, as long as there aren’t any signs of a blood sugar issue.
- Sugar gets pre-bolused, so it is understood by everyone (INCLUDING HER!) that she must finish all of her snacks and meals.
- She will test her blood sugar and eat a 20 carb snack before P.E (which, conveniently, happens to fall 2 hours after lunch twice a week — and ends 10 minutes before I will arrive to pick her up).
I said FIFTH.
Once for preschool, twice for kindergarten (I opted to hold her back a year, because she has a summer birthday), and last year.
That brings us to right now.
Sooooooo, I should be an old pro, right?
Pffffffffft….HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! YEAH RIGHT!
I have to admit that it’s easier the 5th time around. But I’m still nervous. I’m still afraid I’ll forget to send in something important. I’m still anxious about how a daily routine will be established with her new schedule. I’m still freaked out about troubleshooting the inevitable pump setting changes. I’m still scared out of my mind that she’ll have the worst low EVer, and I won’t be there to catch it.
I dunno if all that stuff ever goes away.
But I do know that we’re as ready as we’re ever going to be.
So let’s do this.