Ok, I agree that "what is your range" is an idiotic question, as if "going out of your range" is like "stepping on hot lava" in the hot lava game or something? If I weren't zonked out of my gourd, I might try to explain to someone who asked me that but it would take like a week? "well, usually I'm aiming for between 85-95 but it's not always quite there, 75 is ok if it's before lunch, maybe 30, even 45 minutes, depending on what it's doing but, if you'd asked for help, she ought to help first and ask questions later?
What is your range?
Probably the OP isn't old enough to recognize this (may have not even been born yet?) but reminds me of "What's the frequency Kenneth?".
That was after I drifted way from REM so I'm too old! I watched the video though and like the tremelo/ strobe effect. I did that for like 15 years, c. 1986-2005 maybe? I haven't really run the strobes that much since we moved back to Chicago in 2008.
See, I'm too old for REM too. I knew about it from Dan Rather.
Just like I learned about Cipro from Tom Brokaw :-)
When I was really young I got to see Huntley and Brinkley doing the news on TV in glorious black and white. It wasn't until I was like 7 or 8 years old that we got a color TV :-) (by which point I think it was Walter Cronkite that we watched.)
Kelsey !st sooo symipize with u. 2 let me say this OK? ppl really don't know what it's like being a diabetic and having the feeling ur gonna pass out if their "normal" I went to a very small school (as I think I've told u b/f) and I was the only diabetic there so I know how u feel. Like everyone else is saying be sure to have an outside person know what to do if ur "out of range" Stupid statement but apperantly this teacher don't know what he or she is talking about. Nuff said there. Tell them that they can go online and find out all kinds of info now and if they can't afford that that there are books out there now that will help he or she understand the D it's no where near like it was when I was in school in the 70's and it was a deep dark secreat now ppl talk about it and don't have any shame in it! YOU GO GIRKL!!!!
I was thinking too that if the teachers didn't get "a talk" from you, but got a "memo" or, more likely an email, it said "Kelsey's range must be 80-150 and if it's not, please send her to the nurse..."? Schools or organizations have weird stuff in them and the teacher may have been going to the email or her recollection of it or a post-it note she wrote saying "range 80-150..." and sort of freaking out herself?
It's still a bizarre question that I haven't heard in 28ish years of diabetes, except from doctors. Who, these days, don't even ask, it's in the pump data?
Frustrating & annoying! Asking your range is absurd, especially if they have no clue what to do or what it means. I've had lows where I wouldn't have been able to answer a question coherently. Good suggestion to give your teachers a short, informative letter.
Hi all, I am a teacher as well. I teach operators who run the nuclear reactor at a nuclear power plant. So I teach in a purely adult enviornment. Before every group of students I have never taught I tell them that I am diabetic. One of my signs of going low is that I just ramble on with no coherent thought. I tell the students to raise their hand and suggest we take a breat and I check myself. I try to test not only before class but during breaks and no one here bats an eye. We do have operators that are diabetic and they have restrictions on their license to account for it. No one get's "yelled" at because they have to walk out of the classroom.
Since I work in an adult enviornment we do allow snacks and drinks in the classrooms. The only place that is not allowed is in the plant training simulator.
Most of the people have seen me hauled out of a classroom by the EMTs so they are aware of what can happen. It is a shame that Kelsey cannot get the same considerations.
This is a terrible situation, and some teachers it seems couldn't care less about remembering some helpful, live-saving information to help their students.
I can understand maybe not remembering your range--they probably have lots of numbers to remember. The problem seems to be that you asked for help, and instead of offering assistance they asked a stupid question.
Maybe, if you feel comfortable with it, you could have something taped to the wall by all your teachers' desks with the bullet points. I like the idea of being able to text or e-mail the teacher or nurse too. My understanding, though (if high school is anything like it was when I was there...I only graduated 5 years ago), that teachers and administrators tend to dislike cell phones. I think I've read somewhere that some people keep index cards in their meter case to signal the teacher.
Sorry that this happened though. Crappy situation...
I agree the teacher should have helped first and asked questions later...but we all know with D that people say stupid things.
Kelsey, maybe one of your parents could offer to do a little teacher inservice training on how to help kids with D when they have a problem at school. Like signs to look for of lows (or highs), how it feels when you get low (mental confusion so you can't answer silly questions), whats the first thing the teacher should do, what are things they shouldn't do. That kind of training for all the teachers would help you and any other kids with D who come after you at that school. It would be really cool if they would allow you to be at the training also so you can describe in your own words what it feels like.
Hang in there girl! :)