starting school

river's momma
By river's momma Latest Reply 2008-10-03 17:24:15 -0500
Started 2008-09-19 13:10:40 -0500

My son was just evaluated by the IU20 program and was told they couldn't help. River will be 5 in dec. but i'm not sure about school. He has never been more than a few feet away from me for more than an hour. please send some advice about school and diabetes!!!!!!

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momoftype1 2008-10-03 17:24:15 -0500 Report

oh-one other thing I forgot to say is that we bought the plastic shoe bins (2) one for home for all supplies and one for school-the school one goes on the first day and comes home on the last day. We have duplicate of everything-test kit and all accessories. I provide a daily carb sheet for her meals and leave snacks and juiceboxes in the nurses office. We communicate with notes to restock and via cell if there is something more pressing-kids are very resiliant (sp) they can handle a lot more than we give them credit for-

momoftype1 2008-10-03 17:20:51 -0500 Report

Wow-I know where you are with this one. My daughter was 8, and it was feb so we were in school-after days in the hospital and major overload of info, new practices, new guidelines, count carbs etc etc etc-I thought I was going to have anervous breakdown the first day she went to school after dx. The good news was school nurses, cell phones, emergency contact lists. More and more schools are prepared to handle children with diabetes. At the time of dx I was commuting 75 miles one way to work and was scared to leave her-The nurse gets it, she gets it, and everyone is willing to learn-we taught grammna everything, big brother knows most, dad is in the mix and grampa knows some. We are now 1 1/2 years since dx, and she is on the pump for 30 days and went on her first field trip without mom atached to her hip. It is hard in the beginning, but it gets easier-the most important thing for me was being informed by the school nurse and getting her to understand how to eat and count carbs and know how much insulin to get. I know at 5 it is a little harder, but work with River and teach as you go and pretty soon he will be dong it on his own and just confirming with you. Take a deep breath and send him off to shool. Good luck and if you need to chat again just let me know.