School's out!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

School's out!

I am a first grade teacher in a small rural school district. I love what I do, my coworkers, and my students. However I miss my own kids during the day (even though they're at school, too). I'll also admit it's difficult for me to manage my diabetes during the school year.

Imagine teaching a class of six and seven year old children when you realize it's time to test your blood sugar. Do you stop teaching, losing their attention, or do you keep on? Or maybe you're feeling a little on the low side and need a snack. How do you do that without distracting them from their work? Or maybe you're feeling like you're sugar is high which, for a person who is diet and exercise controlled, means drinking water and exercising. Really? I can't just leave my class to get a bottle of water then start power-walking around the classroom while leading reading groups. Oh and let's not even start about the temptation of treats in the office (doughnuts, cookies, brownies, etc.).

That's one reason I like summer, besides the obvious of spending time with my kids and being able to stay up late and sleep in. During the summer I have control over my time. I'm able to schedule exercise and blood sugar checks without worrying how it would affect my work in the classroom. If I'm low, I eat. If I'm high, I drink water and exercise. When I need to test, I test.

We all have obstacles that get in the way of diabetes management. Some we have control over, some we do not. I have a lot less obstacles when school is out. So now that it's summer vacation, it's time to get back on track.