With now 2 diabetic sons in the school, she calls me at least 3 times a day 4 days a week!! PLUS, now on the day she doesn't call, I'm a wreck wondering why!!! So, how often do you get a "checking in" call?? Am I the only one?
I actually just got a call this afternoon! We have it set up that if my 3rd grader is below 70 at dismissal she's not to go home on the bus, which is what happened today (very rare!). On average I don't hear from the nurse that much. There's 4 diabetics in her school, all pumping, so I'm confident she knows what to do. She has a detailed binder of how to care for G and she emails me at the end of the day with all her numbers. I think the last time I was called was when G felt low before gym class. She was 82, and the nurse thought she should maybe have a glucose tab since she was heading into some exercise, but wanted to confirm. I guess I'm lucky (ironically) that there's so many diabetics in her school.
I talk to my daughters nuse a few times a week, we are on a first name basis. I have a 504 plan where everything is stated in detail, my daughter is to be checked before getting on the bus, if she is low she is to have a snack(which are now called bus snack), I set that up only after she was sent home on the bus, and she got off the bus feeling shaky, she was tested and her numbers wee in the 40's, I could have passed out myself, think that she could have passed out on the bus and no one would have seen her, just makes me sick. So everything is written down by her doctor every year. I also get a written lis of all her numbers from the day.
My son is 4 and in all day daycare/ preschool, I pre-card out all of his snacks and clearly lable them, if there is a special treat for a b-day the teachers know to pack it up for him and I let him have it as a treat at a later date. His director checks him before lunch and calls me everyday after he eats to get a carb count. We hope sooner than later get to bolus pre meal (it's just too hard to guess what a 4 yr old will eat) As he start public school and the years go by I know he will be able to own his own care more and the calls will get less and less!
My daughter was just diagnosed about 5 months ago and is in 6th grade. The phone calls depend on the nurse working, as there are 3 or 4 that cover my daughters school (it is the only elementary in the valley that always has a nurse there). I sometimes get calls up to 5 times a day to either clarify instructions or if she is out of range. She has been on the pump for a few weeks now and she runs high alot and low rarely. I usually only get a call once a day. However, I sometimes get worried when I don't get phone calls from them... Not looking forward to next year when there is only a nurse there once a week.
We get calls if dd is low, if she's >300 more than 3 hours after a meal, or if she feels low but isn't (she often feels herself dropping fast, and we'll treat preventively, even at a "good" number). I've told my dd (and the nurse) that they don't have to call every time she's low, but have left it up to my dd if she feels more comfortable consulting with me or dh when she's treating a low. Some days it's no calls, some days it's 3-4. I expect the volume of calls will drop as she gets older and more confident in her own judgments.
dd#1 - 12 - non-D
dd#2 - 8 - dx'd 12/2007, pumping since 4/2008, CGMSing since 8/2008. Now using a PINK MM 523 Revel!
The nurse calls at least 3 times a day. She has 3 diabetics she cares for and she calls them often too. I get a note home every day with a list of all blood levels and carbs eaten. We just started a pump so I have gone up at lunch and snack. That has to end because I am working this week.
Never :} . Until recently, I had her call three or four times a day, whenever anything needed to be done. Then we instructed my niece over the phone. The school nurse would not make the decisions as we would make them. Now my niece handles everything herself and she does not have to call home unless she is very low or very high. She knows by now how to treat herself for lows, cover IOB before getting on the schoolbus herself; doing a very good job. It helps that for some strange reason (and this was not always true) her basals are flat during the school day. Very stable time for her between the hours of 7am and 4pm. We can always call the school nurse though if we have a problem.
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