First Days of High School
So far high school is overwhelming and scary. Not as much so as we'd conjured up in our imaginations, but it's a big new building with a whole new cast of characters and a whole new set of expectations.
If we make it through tonight's first football game, we might be able to breathe again.
Diabetes has, thus far, not thrown any major curveballs. A couple of borderline (70ish) lows were treated with glucose tabs in the classroom. The Dexcom has been alternating between impressive accuracy and short bouts of '???' for a couple of days. Extreme hunger has been reported at lunchtime and we're searching to find a lunchbox addition which doesn't lead to a major blood sugar spike an hour later, but which isn't 'boring.'
Most significantly, we've already switched up the school nurse game plan. When we met in June, we decided my daughter would handle her diabetes independently at school unless she was low or otherwise decided she needed assistance. When I dropped off the supplies before Labor Day, the nurse had qualms about being completely out of the diabetes loop. She wasn't asking for my daughter to visit daily or check her blood sugar in the nurse's office. She just wanted to be able to track how things were going.
I had no objection to her being in the know. Ideally she's part of our diabetes success team. If she notices something we don't (like my daughter is crashing half an hour after every time she has gym) we'd welcome the help. I just didn't know what the best plan was. Maybe turning in a log sheet at the end of the week, or downloading the school meter for her? We left it that we'd pass along data in some form by the first Friday of school.
Leave it to the teenager to come up with the most logical game plan. 'Why don't I just text her every time I check or bolus?' Of course. Quick and easy. No writing things down or remembering to stop by every Friday to hand in a log. My daughter stopped by the office on the first day of school to say hello and to run this idea past the nurse, who enthusiastically agreed to give it a try.
Much of this week has been about finding the easiest and most efficient way to get through the day: planning the right times to go to the locker, finishing homework (already!) before band practice, the best routes through the hallways. Texting the nurse is another variation on the theme.