Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need to Know
As if being a kid isn’t hard enough, adding type 1 diabetes (T1D) to the mix is tough! Even for a child who has embraced and accepted the responsibilities that come with managing diabetes, being a kid or teenager with type 1 can easily affect every part of every day at school. ✔️ Low blood sugars during tests? It’s gonna happen. ✔️ Birthday cupcakes with that tricky-to-bolus-for buttercream frosting? You know it. ✔️ Low blood sugars right before the big soccer game starts? You bet. ✔️ Pump site failure right before your SATs? Uh-huh. ✔️ High blood sugars during that algebra exam? Not very helpful for brain power! ✔️ Being picked on by other students/scolded by teachers for wearing a pager? It's been done before. ✔️ Being stuck on a blood sugar roller coaster while being a busy, learning student? It’s inevitable. And let’s not forget about fluctuating blood sugars due to menstruation, growth hormones, dating, being cool, making friends, and just plain trying to fit in. So in an effort to make life just a tiny bit easier, here are a few ways every T1D family can prepare for a new school year.