First low of the school year


(glamorous) #1

Well today my son 6 year old had his first low today,I arrived at the school at about 11:50 am so I can shadow the nurse while she checks my sons sugar b4r lunch (I do this because she is a new nurse that I have to train) so we get to his class while his teacher is reading a story and I notice that he is sitting directly in front of the teacher she notices that were in front of the door so she tells him to head out to the nurse, so he comes out and as soon as he sits on the chair he tells me mommy i feel low so I  say to him did you tell the teacher you felt low and he said no because he didnt feel it till he got out to the hall,so he gets his bg checked and sure enough he was 39 at this point hes now showing signs of the low so the nurse runs to the next class room where we store oj for him he chuges it down we wait to check him again but now his class is heading down to lunch and he starts to get nervous that he wont make it on time to eat with his class mates or go out side .I assure him not to worry so we recheck him I start to walk him down to the lunch room he makes it about 10 minutes b4r its time to head out so the noon mothers r now screaming lets go start emptying out your trays n get on line I look at my son and he is rushing to finish his lunch n now doesnt want to eat all of it because he wants to go out side. I get him to drink his milk but he doesnt want to eat the other half of  his pb&j so we head up to the nurse for his bolus and by the time its all said n done I walk him out side n as soon as he gets his 2 little feet on the play ground they blow the wissell my poor angel turns around and looks at me and starts to cry,I grabbed him and hugged him and told him I was so sorry.My heart aches that my son has to go through this.


(stanandkathie) #2

Wow.  It never gets easy, thats for sure.  It seems like we go through our lives and we just get used to dealing with it and then something like that happens and it breaks your heart.  My daughter started kindergarten this year and she is so super shy that she won't tell anyone if she feels high or low and so far they have not noticed the signs.  She has come out of school a few times already and told me she didn't feel good.  We have checked and she was 52 and 54.  I am lucky she only goes a few hours or who knows what would have happened!!  I hope things get easier with your son.  I am sure once the nurse gets used to the process it won't take so long and your son will have more time to play.  I wish you the best of luck!


(annaclairesmom) #3

Oh, bless his little heart! That just kills me! I can only imagine how heartbroken. He must have been… and you! Don’t worry, it was his first low. My daughter is also 6 yo and I truly sympathize with you!


(annaclairesmom) #4

My daughter is also very very shy. She doesn’t ever tell the teachers that she feels low. She never did the whole school year last year in kindergarten. They learned to read her. Thank goodness there was a para in k. This year in first grade same song, different verse, only no parapro- scary!!


(larawithhrt) #5

The exact same thing has happened to my daughter several times or more than that- It takes all my energy to not get upset at those moments and stay strong for her- now I am in tears as I read your post to relive those moments (she is at school and I am by myself so she can't see me cry!)

She got diabetes at age 5 the summer before kinder so started kindergarden new to it- I am a stay at home mom  and live 10 houses down from the school so thankfully like you was able to go over at lunch, etc... to help the nurses and then her teacher loved having me in the classroom so I was there helping the teacher which was fun anyway.  My daughter is the baby of the family too so I didn't have any little ones at home to care for- and instead of going back to work part time, just stayed home with her to take care of her  Thank God for all of that!  To even be a stay at home mom in these times was a miracle!

In Kinder she would not tell the teacher she felt low because she was too shy.  She started to towards the end of the year.

Now she is in 3rd grade and I can tell you it has gotten easier in that respect- by the middle of 1st grade she got real good about expressing herself to the teacher when she was low- the only hiccups I have had since then is when there have been subsitute teachers-  The teachers always leave notes for the subs about Julia but often times they categorize Julia like a type 2 person they know and don't understand the severity of low bloodsugars- on two occasions, I had subsitute teachers tell my daughter to wait for mommy since there was only like 5-10 minutes of class left.  Obediently, she waited and then burst into tears upon seeing me in which I had to treat her low before addressing with the sub who by that time had packed up and left- so I just had to tell the adminstration about it.

So, I used to introduce Julia to the subs upon dropping her off and asked them if they had read the notes about Julia and they would say yes and I would say it is real important she goes to the nurse immediately if she shows signs of hypoglycemia, but now I tell the subs privately away from  Julia- that it is critical- 911- she could DIE in your care if you don't do it immediately- I get scared looks from them and it makes them nervous when I tell them, but I don't care anymore- I used to be soft spoken about it because I didn't want to stress out the subs- but now I am overboard about it and it is worth perhaps saving our kid's life.

Sorry for venting about this- just brought up memories!! and I know there will be new ones to hear about this year- but Julia at age 8 is getting more independent about it and assertive and is handling it pretty well.

Hang in there and what a blessing that you could go check on him.  I am now working part time until noon- but purposely did not go back to my career job so that I could be available for her and really it has worked out for my other kids too- they grow up sooo fast- career is nothing compared to our little ones.

Laura


(moosesmom) #6

I feel your pain!!! I ate lunch with my son (7) at school the other day.  He did not finish in time and the supervisor knows that he has to eat all of his lunch.  (He gets blous before eating)  The whole class got up and went outside to play.  He sat alone at this HUGE luch table eating his lunch.  I said do you always have to sit here by yourself when you don't finish on time?  He said yes, but don't be sad for me the other supervisors sometimes talk to me.  I had to fight back the tears as he finished his lunch and ran out to the playground.  I then sat in my car and cried!  My lil boy eaing his lunch alone but telling me not to be sad.  He takes it all in stride.


(stanandkathie) #7

moosesmom,

wow.  I can sit here and feel your pain.  I can imagine how much that hurt you as I have cried similar tears.  However, I do think that our diabetic children are really blessed to have the toughness to deal with such things.  It is amazing the things we can learn from our children.  It is also nice to know that there are other people willing to go sit and talk with him so he is not alone.  My daughter is in Kindergarten this year and it has been difficult.  At first she only had a few friends because they thought her pump was "kinda wierd"  however, we have the BEST teacher in the world.  She explained diabetes to the kids and they have all become very good about it.  We have to smile at the good times and not let the bad times pull us down.  Today is a moment I will hold in my mind forever....picture this.....my beautiful little girl going to school dressed in her nice uniform, hair all done up (it was picture day), and shy as can be....I walk her up to the other kids and one of the girls looks over and yells "Destiny!"  She then runs over to my daughter and throws her arms around her and tells her how glad she is that Destiny was finally there.  A smile on my face and a tear in my eye...I walk to my car knowing we made it another day.  Look for these times and hold onto them.  Our kids are tough and that makes me even more proud of her!