Nervous for high school...

By JoshSoccer4 Latest Reply 2011-08-27 18:40:59 -0500
Started 2011-08-03 11:42:46 -0500

schools coming up pretty soon and I'm starting to freak out. At my high school, they allow you to carry all my diabetic supplies around with me. So what do you suggest I do? I could do everything at my locker, in the class, or in the nurses office. And what should I do if my class (that I will be in right before lunch) is nowhere near the nurses office or my locker? I use the insulin pen btw.

39 replies

Theon 2011-08-27 18:40:59 -0500 Report

Again, high school is tough. The pump was not available for me in high school either. The pen was not available either. Sit in a discreet place in class and do what you need to do. Teachers will be understanding. Some fellow students will think it is cool, but some may not - the idiots.Take care; you will be successful.

Matunuckan 2011-08-08 09:27:48 -0500 Report

High school is tough. Insulin pump therapy wasn't available for me back then, but the technology is very mature today. I would suggest doing that (if you are Type 1) now. I am on a Medtronic pump, and I also use the CGMS system, which will alarm if your BS goes too high or low. It is necessary to test 6 to 8 times daily, but is very workable. If you need insulin, it is very discreet to do. The pump is about the size of a pager, and is (usually) worn on a belt. Friends will think it is pretty cool too!

AuntieM234 2011-08-08 06:09:32 -0500 Report

You don't need any advice from me. I just dropped in to say Hello and tell you that I would be proud to have you for a Grandson! I have a fine Grandson, who will be 13 in December, and I know absolutely that your Gram is proud of you! ;-) Mara

Armourer 2011-08-08 03:58:21 -0500 Report

Using a pen is a breeze. One can be so discrete, pull out the pen at your desk and inject right through your shirt. Keep it at desk level or just below it. And I love raysfamily responses to give.

Copperchef 2011-08-06 09:12:53 -0500 Report

Josh, I would schedule a meeting with your school nurse and adviser. Do a sit down, explain the situation and see what solutions that they can offer to make you feel more at ease. It also seems that you are active in sports too, so you also might want to include your coaches in this conversation.
The more we educate everyone, the easier it is going to be for you.

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-08 11:01:01 -0500 Report

I think we are going into the high school soon to try to figure out where I will be before lunch and have a meeting with the nurse. Coach isn't a worry because he knows and we always have our trainer around.

Copperchef 2011-08-08 11:10:10 -0500 Report

Good. The more info that they have, the better your transition will be. Remember, the nurse is there to assist you, she is not you and not your doctor. A lot of times, there are good intentions but you know yourself and your body. The old saying goes, "The road to disaster is paved with good intentions."
You have made intelligent decisions thus far, just keep up the good work.

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-08 21:49:40 -0500 Report

So today I had soccer practice, and the team trainor approached me. We introduced and he told me he would be putting two gatorades in the team medical box for me. He has also got a different tag for my soccer bag so I will know which one is mine quicker! Only met him once and he's already caring for me as though we have been friends for a long time. It's nice to know they understand and I have someone looking out for me. Great man

Copperchef 2011-08-08 22:18:29 -0500 Report

You have great people looking out for you. Right now, just stay focused on your sports and education. But as you proceed with your life, always remember these things. People should always pay it forward. By doing something just a little extra for someone else, we can make that persons life just a little easier. It doesn't take much, just a little something extra. (2 extra Gatorades and a different style tag for your bag)

melissa5786 2011-08-05 09:09:04 -0500 Report

I didn't have to deal with my diabetes when I was in school and I didn't know anyone living with it while I was there either.. But, I say, do it where and when you feel comfortable. Diabetics at any age or nervous to take their injections or BG's in public. It took me awhile to even tell the people I work with why I had to sneak off to the closet or bathroom at 5. Or why I got "special" treatment and got to eat my dinner at work when everyone else wasn't allowed to. Now that they know, they understand and don't hold it against me or talk about me behind my back. And I'm very honest about this disease. If anyone has a question I'll answer it, if they want to see how I talk my blood sugar, I let them watch. Diabetes is a disease a lot of people know nothing about, so I think as PWD's it's our job to educate and teach the people who have no clue. Ignorance may be bliss, but there's a fine line between not understanding and being mean. I know high school is tough, but just remember that diabetes isn't WHO YOU ARE. It's just a part of the person you're becoming.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll figure out a routine you're comfortable with, just don't stress too much about it.

I learned that diabetes is nothing to be ashamed of or hide. It's our lifestyle and I feel like we shouldn't have to hide it.

RAYT721 2011-08-04 20:00:28 -0500 Report

Don't stress out about the "what if's" but make sure that you have a kind of insulated case if your pen and insulin needs to be kept at certain temperatures for effectiveness. Keep your supplies on you. Invest in a diabetic bracelet for your instructors to be aware of any reactions (highs/lows) and make sure to have a support system. Are there any diabetic teen groups local to you that can help offer answers to what today's youth are doing in high schools with diabetes??? (Have you thought about starting one?) … You sound like a pretty level headed young adult. I'm impressed by your concern of being conscientious and conscious of your decisions. I am willing to bet … you'll do the right thing!

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-08-04 16:09:57 -0500 Report

At least you are allowed to keep everything with you. My HS wouldn't, they said it was a bio hazard. If I needed something I had to walk across campus to the clinic. I have always been a THWI kind of person. If I need to take a shot or check my blood sugar and I'm in the middle of the mall, I'm not gonna freak and look for a bathroom. I just do what needs to be done where I am. The same went for school. My school system's gon to the dogs so my parents are home schooling us this year.

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-04 19:20:10 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'm learning to not care as much what others think, and if they have a problem, they can leave :)

Matunuckan 2011-08-08 09:14:37 -0500 Report

I got some very good advice from a former room-mate years ago. He told me that if you are being yourself, & someone has a problem with it - it is THEIR problem, not yours! Being diabetic is just part of who you are. Good advice for everyone.

vonweidhaas 2011-08-04 11:24:32 -0500 Report

H.S. carries many challenges as it is and getting all freaked out is understandable. I think that the school could work with you regarding insulin etc. If you feel more comfortable doing it in a more private relaxed environment w/o peers watching and or commenting. Talk to your guidance and arrange for a specific time for you to test @ nurse without penalization for getting to class late! your health and happiness is important ;)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-03 15:24:15 -0500 Report

I chuckled when I read your note. Back in the 70's when I went to HS, there was one guy that I knew had diabetes. He tested whenever and wherever he was. They were not worried about him taking a teacher or another student hostage using his BG lancing device or his insulin needles. I say as long as there is no problem with the school, do it where you feel comfortable. Jim

rayfamily 2011-08-03 13:16:55 -0500 Report


I'm T1, too- but much older than you are, and I didn't have to deal w/ diabetes in school. Here's the way I handle it now. I don't hide my diabetes from anyone. Unless they are uncomfortable with seeing a needle, I'll give myself a shot anywhere! And those who say things like "I could never do that", I laugh & say, "you're right, I always said someday I want to give myself shots every time I eat!" Give me a break!

I would say, play it by ear the first couple of days. Get yourself familiar with your surroundings & keep your supplies with you… In your backpack maybe? (If you carry it around) After a few days, you'll know what & where will work for you.

Keep us posted! Good luck & stay strong!

:) Natalie

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-08-03 18:08:43 -0500 Report

I have to agree with Rayfamily. And me I have said b/4 I become diabetic " I could never do that." But things change and I must adjust to the changes. As rayfamily said, give it a few days. Good luck and best of wishes. Darrin

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-03 13:40:39 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! You are truly an inspiration and that's what I will do! People always stare, but hey seeing a 14 year old give him self shots isn't something you see everyday! Lol Thanks :)

rayfamily 2011-08-03 15:52:45 -0500 Report

If someone stares, you have two comebacks (that I can think of off the top of my head) 1- ask if they want one! (an insulin shot) or 2- say, "Don't worry, it's not contagious!"


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-03 15:28:10 -0500 Report

You would be surprised how ignorant or maybe uneducated is a kinder word, about people with diabetes and other diseases. Here at camp, kids are often offering me some of their candy and I explain to them why I can't have it and what I do to treat it. If they are really curious, I will test my BG in front of them with their counselor there and explain stuff to them. often one of them will say, "Oh, my _______does that, now I know why".

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-03 22:14:08 -0500 Report

A couple of my friends were curious when I checked my sugar while out at lunch. Seeing as I'm so "brave" they wanted to try it out! They all said it didn't hurt much, all except one guy who gave out a big "oooooowwwwwww". :) it really helps when you have friends who understand! Thanks for the reply

chemistlover 2011-08-03 12:50:06 -0500 Report

are you type 1 or type 2

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-03 13:41:07 -0500 Report

Type 1.

chemistlover 2011-08-03 13:44:18 -0500 Report

ooh okay don't be shy just be your self diabetes shouldn't define you

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-03 22:17:11 -0500 Report

Hmmm… I disagree with you here! I am a diabetic, and proud to be taking control of my disease and my life.

jayabee52 2011-08-03 22:30:44 -0500 Report

That's OK to disagree with me, Josh. My wife disagreed with me for 20 yrs (and survived). (LoL) We don't always have to agree to get along.

I am proud of taking control of my condition too, but I worked in hospitals where people were referred to as the "gall bladder in room 105" or "the colonoscopy in room 215"

I feel I am MORE than a diagnosis. I am a human being, a person worthy of more respect than a diagnosis.

jayabee52 2011-08-03 22:44:09 -0500 Report

I most certainly understand that you weren't trying to offend. I worked in a profession for a number of years where you had to understand the difference between TAKING offense and trying to offend someone. I could tell you weren't trying to offend.

And I don't offend easily. People have tried and were frustrated. You're cool Josh!