Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
One-page Instruction Sheet for Teachers
When you send your child to school, you should include some kind of instructions for the teacher that describe what you expect of the teacher. The instructions should include a list of symptoms that your child exhibits when he or she is hypoglycemic, when you expect the child to perform blood glucose tests, and how to respond to episodes of hypoglycemia.
Written instructions are particularly important when your child has a substitute teacher. Make sure that your instructions are prominently posted in the classroom, preferably close to the teacher’s desk. You might even want to print it on bright yellow or pink paper so that it stands out.
The following example must be adapted to the needs of your child with the help of your diabetes team. Remember, this is only an example.
Guidelines for Caring for [child’s name]
If the blood sugar remains low despite treatment and the student is not thinking clearly, the parents or the diabetes team should be called for advice.
Following an episode of low sugar, it can take several hours to fully recover. Hence, the student should not be expected to perform at optimal levels. However, diabetes should never be allowed to become an excuse for school performance.