This is my third year teaching. The past two years I've taught first grade, and haven't explained my insulin pump to my students. When asked what it was I just said something like 'don't worry about it' and moved on. I wasn't sure how to explain it to small children.
This year I'm teaching kindergarteners, and I decided to take the plunge into telling them. I showed it to them today (4th day of school) and explained things very simply.... 'I have diabetes. That means something inside of me isn't working right. This little machine gives me medicine so I can feel good when I eat, like you do.' Literally, that was all I told them.
I got a few questions about where the tube goes into me (inserted in my hip now), does it hurt, can I take it off, etc.
But honestly......they were way more interested in seeing if I could make it make noise, wanted to know if they could press buttons (they can't, of course), and one kid said he wants to get one for his dad for Christmas (his dad's not diabetic)!
Too funny :)
Those of you who pump...how do/have children react(ed) to your pump?