my teachers are always like take someone with you to the office? are you aok? are you sure??? i know they are tryng to be helpful, but if you have had the disease for a really long time like i have, its gets super annoying.
at least you had teachers asking those questions. i remember when i was in seventh grade, i felt like i was low, so started to test my blood sugar in class. the teacher walked up to me and yelled at me for testing my blood sugar in her class. other teachers were good about it.
Ugh that is sick, did you teacher have some problem with it?
i know i mean i cant even eat treats at school with out my teacher freaking out about it i had diabetes for 5 years i think i knowwhat i can eat and what i cant
My teachers normally just ask if I want someone to go with me. They are all fine about me testing in class and letting me leave. I'd rather have them make sure I'm ok than not even care. On the day of semester exams, I did chores outside and when I came inside, I was 39. I kept getting low all morning, so I had to skip an exam, but that teacher was really good about it.
Ugh that is sick, did you teacher have some problem with it?
i have no clue, but all my other teachers were like i would rather you be ok than be out in the hall passed out. even now i have professors that completely get that i can't help it.
In gym one time, I wasn't low, but I was dropping really fast. Seriously, like 50 points every five minutes or so, not kidding. Naturally, I wasn't comfortable doing exercising. So one of my friends was really nice and actually went up to tell the teacher what was going on while I remained on the side lines of the field. But apparentley, he got worried or something. I suspect my friend made it sound worse than it was, or at least didn't explain it right because the teacher panicked and wanted me to go to the nurse :) I had to explain to him that 'No, I'm not low. I just need to watch it so I don't go low.' The teacher was pretty frantic, claiming "I don't know what to do!" It was actually really funny ;)
it can get annoying sometimes when they think i can't do something. i absolutely hate being told i can't do something. but mostly i find it funny. my coach freaks out pretty easily about it.
In High School I never really had that problem and I feel bad for those of you that ran into issues. Granted not many of my teachers knew all that was going on. I had a great school nurse who took care of me and made things relatively easy. Plus, I did "need" to go to the nurse and test often or "use the restroom" when I felt High. Man I spent alot of free time wandering the hallways of High School with my get out of jail free hall pass.I guess I was blessed to have so many understanding people or maybe at times clueless.
I used to be afraid, and still am a little, of teachers freaking out. My high school and middle school teachers have been pretty good, but in elementary school I'm sure some of my teachers wouldn't have been. on the first day of my history class this year, I raised my hand to answer a question and the teacher was like "Are you okay? Are you okay?" and I was only trying to participate. In seventh grade in math, when I did my morning check in class, I ran out of strips one time and the teacher wanted to make sure I wasn't low before I walked to the nurse to test there. I told her no, even though I thought I was, and when I came back after being low and waiting in the nurse to recheck, she freaked out because I told her I wasn't low when I was and walked to the nurse alone, which isn't allowed in our school system.
In 7th grade, my science teacher was a type 1. So tottaly understood. I had a math teacher (who I hated) that even thou I told her I was feeling bad, she was like "NO you can leave, we are in the middle of a lesson." Some teachers overreact and some just dont get the severity of the issue, or underestimate the problem. Most of the times I just left the class even thou she waas yelling to get back in. We have rights so i didint care. But still, what is a hadint left, i would have passed out or something..
Well, it isnt my teacher it is my grandma. she will never let it go. she is so bad about it i think she will call me in collage to tell me to check my bs.
Okay great story, one time I was @ my friends house and her mom isnt well bright, so every 5 min. she was all check yyour blood check ur blood check your blood, so the like 5th time i checked i I told her i was 125 and she FREAKS OUT! she like "OH MY GOD! CALL 911 CALL911 DO U NEED SOMETHING, HERES THIS, HERESTHAT BROOKE GIVE ME THE PHONE IM CALLING AN AMBULENCE!!! and she really starts too hahahahahaahahah funny funny! i hung up the phone though before it was conected and explained!
I am 23 years old and have had diabetes since age 7. I have had several severe hypoglycemia episodes and as many issues as the normal diabetic (if not more). One of my biggest fears is that I will be teaching next year and get low without realizing it. I am praying to get a CGM (just waiting for insurance) so that I won't have to worry so much. I recently learned that one of my students for next year has diabetes. She was diagnosed at age 3 and will be in Kindergarten next year. I am nervous about this but excited as I hope I can help her learn how to live a normal life and to work to have the best control possible. I know teachers get a lot of cut-downs on this site, but please know that being a teacher is a difficult job and many of them do not understand our disease. If you explain things to them: what you need and when, they are usually open to helping. I have not had any trouble with my professors at the University of Florida, although I was nervous about this before I began school here. Because I have been open with them and explained the possibility of hypoglycemia, high blood sugars, blood sugar testing, and eating in class, they have been more than helpful. If anyone needs some ideas about how to explain diabetes to teachers or professors, please let me know. I have 16 years of experience doing it!
What does CGM stand for? Something Glucose monitor?
CGM is Continuous Glucose Monitor. It is attached to your abdomen and checks your blood every 10 seconds. Insurance doesn't currently pay for them, but I am working to change their mind. I had to do the same thing when I got the pump 10 years ago - insurance companies used to deem them unnecessary. I hope I can change their minds about the CGM as well!
i know what you mean! one time i went to the nurse's office and she was supposed to give me one unit (this is when i was still too young to do my own insulin) but no.....she gave me 100 units!!!!!!! i had to stay home for like 2 days and drink coke, eat cake and ice cream, and have tonnnssss of sugar!!! i felt awful and i was throwing up 2!!! then one time the same nurse was helping me 2 change my cartridge (this also when i was 2 young 2 do this kinda stuff on my own) and she forgot 2 disconect it from me and all the insulin in the priming went into me! and she couldn't stop it! it wasn't good................lol..
i have a continuous glucose moniter and i loovve it! i used 2 go super low and super high while i was sleeping at night...but now i don't thanks to the CGM! it rox!
In reading some of what you said about teachers reacting to High's and Low's we all realize that this can be a bit of a pain in the .... However, others have commented about just the opposite when teachers do not seem to understand the seriousness of the situation we are facing. I guess it would be better to have them be over concerned verses lack of concern.
And the CGM does rock. I have managed to go month's without any major glucose issues. While I still have lows, I can be more aware if they are sneaking up and treat sooner, than when I start to feel the effects.
I have always been lucky enough to have teachers who, while they may not fully understand diabetes, know the concept behind lows and high and how I get when I'm experiencing one. My calculus teacher can tell if I'm going low before I even realize it (I guess I go severely pale before I even realize that I'm low). But I have had the occasional substitute who's given me problems. Usualy I just walk out of the class room and go to the nurse, then deal with the situation later.