Managing School: Tips for Teens with Diabetes
There are a bazillion things to think about every school day. You wake up and drag yourself out of bed. Then there's breakfast
and brushing your teeth. Figuring out which shirt to wear. Tripping over the cat. Finding your homework (under the couch?). Well,
maybe that's not quite a bazillion but it's still early.
At school you have to remember all kinds of things: Show your work but not your doodles on math problems. Read that short
story by Monday. Get the field trip permission form signed and returned. The list is getting closer to a bazillion. Whatever you do, don't forget the after-school activities. Soccer practice. Babysitting, work, newspaper, and guitar lessons. Hanging out with your friends, volunteer work.
And just in case your list of things to remember hasn't quite reached a bazillion, there's this thing called diabetes. Blood sugar meters. Snacks. Insulin. Low or high blood sugar. Exercise, gym class. Being thirsty. Bathroom breaks. Lunch. A bazillion.
Am I the only one?
It may feel like you are the only kid in the world who has to worry about these things. You're not. Although you may be the only
one in your class. And this might make you feel very different and alone. If you look around your class, you will see a room full of differences. Big, little. White, brown. Talented, clumsy. Different languages, religions, beliefs, interests, and abilities. These things often make other kids feel different and alone, too. They may not have to worry about insulin or blood sugar levels but their worries make them feel alone too.
Some people find that talking about diabetes reduces the feelings of being alone and different. Sometimes they find someone else has diabetes. Or the people you talk to learn more about diabetes. They understand how you handle it and they realize this is just another part of you and your life. It's important for some people in your life to know what's going on in case you need
some help. But remember that for the most part, you get to decide who you talk to about your diabetes. Do what is comfortable for you.
Let's talk about some things you can do about those worries and concerns. Things that will help you manage your life as a person with diabetes.
Your Diabetes Team
Before we go any further, we should talk about your health care team. Everyone who has diabetes should build a health care team. You, with the help of your parent/guardian, should be the team captain. Other team members might be your doctor, nurse, diabetes educator, or dietitian. Your team might also include others who teach you and help you make decisions about your diabetes.
It’s very important that you be an active player on your diabetes team. It’s easy to leave diabetes care to your parents and not
pay much attention. But the more you participate in your care, the more healthy and confident you will be. Only you can know how you feel while you’re on your plan. If you often feel a little low after school, you should bring that up to your team and work together to make some changes. Being the captain of your team doesn’t mean that you do everything yourself. It’s up to you to work with your team to take care of your diabetes.
Reprinted with the permission of the American Diabetes Association.
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