Wednesday, September 08, 2010

First Day of School

For Cassie, her first day of school was filled with excitement and anticipation. After all, it was the first day of freshman year. She'd made it to high school - a whole new group of friends, new teachers and new challenges. She could barely wait to bust out of my car, even as we were still blocks away from campus.

I had a nervous lump in my throat. The first day of school presents a whole new set of worries for every parent who cares for a child with diabetes.

Schooling isn't only for students. September is usually a flurry of diabetes education for Cassie's teachers. For the past 9 years, Marinda would meet with Cassie's new homeroom teacher and give her a crash course on diabetes management and arm her with a list of appropriate actions to take after supervising Cassie's blood sugar checks. We'd meet with the lunch room to re-educate the staff about diabetes and the gluten free diet that a child with celiac disease requires.

Not this year.

This September, Cassie had proven that she could truly manage her day-to-day diabetes care more independently (without parental or teacher helicoptering) and inform her teachers herself. It was a big step that required a lot of trust. But she'd earned it.

Perhaps the lump in my throat was not only anxiety. Perhaps it was also a bit of pride in her.

SIDEBAR: It's important to learn about managing Type 1 Diabetes in School. JDRF has developed a School Advisory Kit that's worth checking out.


Zach37082 said...

It is hard to quit being a pancreas. All D kids never cease to amaze me with their fortitude and ability to cope.

Heidi / D-Tales said...

I just discovered your blog. I have a seven-year-old son with T1D, and I, too, am a big supporter and volunteer for JDRF. I live in a state where school starts in August, and I've just spent the past month getting my son settled in school and training his teachers and the school staff. I can't imagine the school year when I'll no longer have to do that! You must be so proud of Cassie! Congrats and good luck to her!