My profs and instructors know about my diabetes. This makes it easy for me to go and test midway during a class or when I was taking insulin, I had automatic permission to have a snack and/or treat a low - even in my school's mac lab where eating and drinking is not allowed. This has also proved useful in explaining why I miss classes when I have to visit the hospital, like during my most recent endo visit. My profs knowing meant that I didn't even have to submit a medical certificate to validate my absence. Even now as a T2, its useful because my profs know that I may have to have a snack halfway during a class because I know my lunch break will be too late and they don't pick on me for that.
I do not tell my professors. I usually just wait until something comes up. Wrong, I know... but that's just the way I've always done it. To me, If asthmatics don't need to tell their instructors or obtain special permission to treat their condition (by use of an inhaler) in class, why should I? Maybe I'll try something new this semester and tell my professors and see how that goes.
I usually don't either. I just don't feel like it's necessary. If I need to leave class to take care of something diabetes related, they usually don't ask. I go to a larger university where professors usually don't care.
I'm registered with the office of students with disabilities, and I tell professors if the syllabus indicates that I have a reason to tell. So far my reasons have been policies against eating in class and a biology lab that involved gymnema sylvestre tea and eating candy. I also put my meter and food out on my desk during exams where we're supposed to put everything away, since I'd rather not be rooting through my backpack for food if I go hypo during the test.
I honestly havn't let any of the professors know so far. Never felt the need to do so. I don't drop too quickly now that I am on the pump so I don't feal the need to worry too much about eating in class. Most of the profs don't care anyway.
Lab TAs though, I tend to let know. Good example is the Machining/welding lab that I was in. They were able to think ahead and give me heads up when I was working with anything that would mess with my pump. (You don't want the cannula caught in a lathe moving at 150 rpm or have the pump exposed to the high frequency from the TIG) I also let my TA for rock climbing know in case I go low from climbing.
Well I did not plan to let my professors know. But the first day I almost passed out and had to use glucagon IN CLASS (im in nursing school) so I did not really have a choice but to let them know. They are REALLY supportive (but they are nurses) so all is good
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