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.
September 29, 2000
Social Issues: School and Daycare
Question from Richmond, Virginia, USA:
Should elementary students be allowed to check their blood sugars in the classroom? Do you suggest criteria for allowing them this priviledge?
Yes, I do think elementary school children should be allowed to check blood sugars in the classroom, but I don’t think this is a, “priviledge”. Checking blood sugars is a necessary part of diabetes management and, allowing it to be done in the classroom, avoids loss of class time and the potential for a severe hypoglycemic reaction.
If the child is able to do her own checks, can be given a special area in the classroom (perhaps, covering it with saran wrap or foil), and disposes of strips and lancets at home, there should not be an issue. It goes without saying that the child also needs to be as unobtrusive as possible.