I didn't tell my adminstrator at first. I was to busy trying to deal with the dx. and all the horrible feelings/emotions that went with it.
That first week I had a low and had to ask permission to leave for the day.
I hadn't had any education at that point and I was very upset because my aide was very nasty about the whole low situation.
He was very nice to me and offered to take me home but I declined.
I made it home safely.
I now have a different adminstrator and I've never told him.
Not that I'm afraid nor trying to hide things but it's just never come up.
This admin has been very nice to me about other things and I believe he'd be understanding and helpful should I ever need him to be.
Well ok, i am, a type 1 diabetic and a a former central office administrator. I was the school business manager and personnel director. Unfortunately, I seemed to be telling principals constantly, no you cannot fire a teacher for being insulin dependent, and yes, we really want them to tell us. I mean we really really do.
Ok, so how the break the news. First if you use insulin and and are a teacher, my opinion is you have a professional obligation to tell your teaching partners and your principal. I would add that you have an obligation to tell the school nurse, if one is present.
Now how to do that, especially with a jerk like this. Schedule a sit down and lay it out. I do not suggest a causal brush, nor do I suggest telling others first. Assuming it goes as this was originally described, cal the union rep for a sit down, or go to CO and see the personnel director. I think the PD is a better option, but that is jsut me.
Now lets assume either one does not work out. Then get to the doctor and ask them to write a letter of accommodation. Specify what the disease is and the modifications you are asking for. I suggest prompt notice to a partner teacher of an issue, class release for recovery, and additional bathroom breaks. These are reasonable accommodations, and they can be pretty easily done. Depending on the age of the students, ask that a student be appointed in each period to inform the partner teacher if you pass out or suddenly leave.
In the extreme, you might request an IA for younger children. However do not do that right out of the box. IA's are comparatively cheap, but in general two IA's cost about as much as one teacher. My point is that reducing a teacher position for a diabetic IA will breed contempt from other teachers, so don't do that, unless you absolutely have too.
Sounds like some administrators I have had in the past. You might give her a short list of things that are medical concerns, perhaps a piece of lit from your diabetes educator. Give it to her with the brief statement that you are working to stay healthy, but there are some concerns due to chronic illness and you want her to be informed. Follow it up with an email to document that you have done this, or send the info that way. Friendly, brief email. Then if she has the same response, contact the professional organization. The legal department should be able to guide you from there. You will be able to prove you tried to educate her in a friendly way, should you need to. Hope it doesn't come to that!