Can school life be the same when diabetes is always here? By Holly Rose
There are many things that you have to remember when going to school. For many its bag, pens pencils, dinner, books, and any other general school things. But for all diabetics we have a few added extras that need to be added to that list. We need our blood monitor machine, needles, insulin, pump, Lucozade, jellies. Now for me I won’t lie, I have been dozy and walked to school, to then realise that I haven’t put my needles (Novo Rapid) into my bag. Now I did have a panic, which again isn’t good for my bloods, as they send them on its own little mini rollercoaster, but I have a very supportive family and school members who are more than happy to let me ring home to get the things I need. So then I have Taxi Grandad to the rescue!
When it comes to eating in school, this was the main thing that had me worried when I first went onto the carb counting regime. The way I dealt with it was to take my own pack lunch into school. I decided before I went back to school, that I would write down how many carbs was in brown bread, white bread, wraps etc. As if I knew the basics I would be able to feel happy in school knowing that I was giving myself the right amount of insulin.
Friends make me laugh in school, all I have to say is “Oh I have a proper bad headache” or “I’m really tired today”, and they all soon say “Sure your bloods are okay?” “Do you need to take your needle things?” Even sometimes there right about what’s going on with my blood, and I’m completely not! There is sometimes though when I worry about how other people who don’t really know me, think about what diabetes is and how you get it. I know a lot of people think you get type 1 because you have eaten too much sugar, so you’re not allowed to eat anymore. To be honest, this did use to make me feel conscious about having diabetes and how people would perceive me. Did it make me annoyed? Yes, because I knew the reason for why I got diabetes. I knew that it wasn’t my fault one bit, I knew that it was just something in my body that didn’t want to work and just decided to stop working randomly one day.
However, in school, things do get taught about the different types of diabetes, and how your body should normally control your insulin but for my lazy pancreas this doesn’t happen. I also have 5 minutes before break and dinner were I can get out of class and go to the nurses’ room to check all is okay with my bloods, and to do needles if I need to. This helps a lot, as it lets me know that the school will fit my diabetes into school life. I remember one time one of my teachers was unsure whether to bring sweets in as a treat for being good in lesson, as I was diabetic. I soon told them that it was fine; all I had to do was stick a needle into myself hahah. I guess this is just a memory of mine, which shows that teachers aren’t fully aware of type 1 diabetes and the things that we can and can’t do. But mostly can do! However, I have to stay away from the meringues because there just a killer for my bloods. No insulin is right when I put them into my gob!
This is why I am supporting the “Make the Grade campaign” I think it will help children in schools feel a lot better about being in school with diabetes, as well as the parents of diabetics. Making them feel at ease knowing that their children are being taken care of and looked after properly in school, and that every teacher in the school knows that sometimes our mood changes are for no reason, just purely because our bloods are high or too low. Not that I’m making excuses!