Its that time of year again. New clothes have been purchased because he has outgrown "every pair of jeans" he owns...or so he claims. Fancy scientific calculators have been bought to allow him to handle high school math and a pile of note books sit on the floor in his room waiting to be taken to school in the next day or two.
School begins tomorrow in full force. The bus arrives at 8am and he will be gone until close to 4pm. We are lucky. There is no change of schools. There will be minimal change in teachers. My son goes to a small but growing school. His class size will be tiny. His teachers have had two years to begin to understand his diabetes needs. I am not in a panic.
My son will be 15 tomorrow. He carries his meter, glucose and spare supplies in his back pack. There will be new expectations for grade 10 however. I am hoping that this will be the year that he hits the ground running rather than sits on the sidelines for the first semester until his mother loses it, gets involved with the teachers and he pulls up his socks for the rest of the year.
This will also be the year that I expect that little bit more when it comes to diabetes care. I will be sending all of his teachers a reminder letter regarding my son's needs and specific care. I will also be demanding that my son actually write all bg readings ON his exams before he does any. I would recommend this to students of any age.
As parents, we want our children to do their very best. As parents of children with diabetes, we have seen first hand how cognitively impaired they can be by a high or low blood glucose reading. If I know my son studied for an exam and failed BUT had a low bg level before taking the exam, I know that the exam did not measure his true knowledge. I can then work with the teacher to see what we can do to get a more accurate result.
My son is not keen on testing in class. He does not like drawing attention to himself. I have been asking him to write his readings on tests since he was in elementary school. It has been hit and miss at best. This year, its the one thing that I really want him to get into the habit of doing. Its my care goal for the year. Not a huge one but a big one for him--and an important one for his academic career!
Happy first day of school everyone!!