Below I have prepared a list of TIPS that I learned that night as well as tips that helped me get through a very rough last year.
If you missed my previous posts about our Back To School Night and would like to read about our event you can click on the links and read:
Why we did it HERE Part 1
The EVENT HERE Part 2
TIPS(these are only tips) For Back To School With Your T1
1 (a). Never leave a type 1 child who is experiencing a low alone. If a child is low and needs to get something to treat never let that child walk alone. Have a buddy system in place, a short trip to the office can seem like a mile for a low type 1.
1 (b). Always make sure that the T1's buddy is taller and stronger (bigger) then that type 1 child. If anything does happen on the way to the office you need someone who is able to help the child down to the ground or that can support that child to the office to get help.
2. It may be a good idea to have someone watching to make sure that the child with diabetes finishes all food for snacks and lunches. This has happened to Cara at school, she did not eat all her snack and no one noticed and she went very low.
3. If possible have a communication book between you and the nurse or the teacher. They can record blood sugar numbers and information on any changes that occurred with food or activity for that day.
4. Never leave a child with type 1 diabetes emergency packs under lock and key especially a combination. If this child experiences a low and is need of fast acting sugar they may not be able to remember or properly open a combination.
5. Located in the first page of the teachers day book in case of a substitute teacher should be:
~ a picture of the child with type 1 diabetes
~ definition of what is type 1 diabetes along with an explanation on lows and highs and what to do in the case of an emergency situation
~a list of signs that your child is experiencing a low. Not all children share the same behaviors when experiencing a low.
~ and a description of his or her classroom routines
6. Provide emergency packs for the T1 child in the classroom, gym, office and bus. An example is shown below:
7. If your type 1 takes a bus to and from school make sure that they are informed that a child with type 1 diabetes is on the bus. Last year I also had Cara sit in the front seat on the drivers right hand side so she was able to see Cara in her review mirror while driving.
8. Ask to have field trip information at least 2 weeks in advance. So you are able to make arrangements with work in case you need to attend the field trip.
9. When in doubt treat. When Cara was sleepy on the bus with her head down in her seat I told the bus driver to give her a juice. Bus drivers have a no hands on policy therefore no one was able to check Cara's blood sugar so we had to treat it as a low and I was able to make any needed corrections when she got home.
10. Always put things in writing it is just easier to re-call when you are able to go back and re-read the information.
11. Open communication is the KEY to a successful and safe school year. Ask, Ask, Ask... never be ashamed to ask questions. Also Never assume teachers, principals or school staff know what should and what needs to be done...EDUCATE.
The one thing that I heard over and over again that night was to always remember and to inform others that the BRAIN DOES NOT STORE SUGAR....once it is gone there are no reserves and without sugar for energy the brain can not work properly.
Good Luck to everyone in their going back to school. I wish everyone a safe and fun year of school!!
and REMEMBER September 1st is Diabetes Art Day click on the button on my blog page to get your info for this CREATIVE day!!