Pack a diabetes kit and lug it everywhere you go...just in case.
Implement a 504 Plan for school...just in case.
Overnight blood sugar checks...just in case.
Fill the pump with 5 or 6 days of insulin for a camping trip...just in case.
The list is endless.
When our incredible, amazing, most awesome school nurse...who knows Sugar like the back of her hand... fractured her ankle and needed surgery 2 weeks ago...
I didn't panic.
You see the school has a wonderful health aide who can mange Sugar flawlessly. There's also great a part-time nurse who already works on Mondays that will be filling in for some of the uncovered days. I know they can do this...I mean they have, after all, learned from the best! Not to mention that the district's Nurse Coordinator has an office in our school building, and she's there intermittently throughout the week.
I knew Sugar would be in good hands.
There was one thing.
One "Just In Case" that kept nagging in the back of my mind.
On the days we may not have a nurse...well...I just kept thinking that, maybe, it would be a good idea to make sure someone on campus knew what to do with the little red box.
So, I mentioned it.
Within a week, we had something scheduled. You know...a little meeting in the library after school one day.
I wasn't sure what to expect.
I mean who wants to come learn about a yucky old shot? Especially when you're an educator, and not a health care professional, ya know?
Her Teacher, for one.
The Art Teacher.
The Music Teacher.
The Health Aid.
The Office Secretary.
The Crossing Guard.
The Vice Principle (who, by the way, brought along copies of a 3 page handout chock full of information he printed off himself.)
Plus the Nurse Coordinator for good measure.
They all came.
They asked great questions. They listened. They recognized the serious nature that exists when glucagon would be used. They intently watched as I demonstrated using an expired kit...then several of them practiced injecting an orange!
Words really can't describe the gratitude that exists when people step up to the plate like this.
Feeling blessed today.
And every day.