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This week I'd like to share some tips for teachers of students with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association offers the following advice.
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When I was a high school counselor, I had two girls with Type 1 diabetes, and they were as different as can be. The only similarities seemed to be that the parents (and the girls) did not like or trust the school nurse, who treated them both as though they were selfish attention-seekers who should "tough it out". As a result, anytime either girl had a problem, she came to my office for help, and their friends knew to come get me if they thought things were wonky. I learned a lot from the girls, from their parents, and from the doctor who treated both girls. I kept cans of orange juice, bottled water, and cookies in my office, always fresh and stashed in a special box that everybody respected as "Just for Jane and Kathy". The school nurse was, of course, furious at being bypassed and by my complete lack of academic qualification, but the administrator and superintendent and President of the school board all told her to stow it.
Well in my case it was different, as I have diabetes myself. I taught my students to be on the look out for me, in case they saw something different in my words or actions. So I showed them the special snack I had to have on hand for lows, and they respected it. What a great bunch of grade 3 students I had!
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