Even though you may feel nervous, telling your teachers and classmates you have diabetes is important. Remember, your teachers aren’t just there to help you learn new things, but also to keep you safe. That means they can help you take care of your diabetes by watching out for you in class.
If your blood sugar gets low at school, your classmates should also know you have diabetes, so they know how to help you. Show them your medical alert tag to get the conversation started.
Remember to take all your supplies to school. Check off each item below as you pack your backpack!
Pens or pencils
Your lunch or lunch money
Your blood glucose meter
Test strips for your meter
Lancets and a lancing device
Your blood sugar logbook and a pen to write down your levels each time you check
Insulin pens or traditional syringes
If you use an insulin pump, make sure you bring an extra infusion set with tubing and a reservoir
Tissues for your fingers
A juice box or glucose tabs in case you get low blood sugar
A snack supply with foods like granola bars, fruits or veggies
Your medical alert bracelet
Emergency phone numbers for you parents and doctor
A glucagon kit with a special, pre-filled syringe that can be used in case you have severe hypoglycemia and are unable to take some form of sugar by mouth.
Sources: Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin, www.jdrf.org
Online Testing Log: Record your blood glucose test results so you can easily keep track of your numbers.