Teachers with Diabetes


Teachers with Diabetes

This is a group for those of us who are teachers and have diabetes. It is sometimes difficult to take care of yourself when you have thirty or so students in front of you!

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Diabetes Forum

T1 Teachers in NYC

Started by andrea Jan 20. 0 Replies

Teacher-betic blogs?

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teaching abroad with Type 1

Started by Teo. Last reply by Teo Oct 7, 2013. 2 Replies

Rules for Checking Blood Sugar Question

Started by Elisabeth. Last reply by diag10-16-63 Aug 18, 2013. 4 Replies

Spring Break!

Started by Marcia Skidmore. Last reply by Carly Mar 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Twas the Week after Christmas . . .

Started by Marcia Skidmore Dec 30, 2012. 0 Replies

Rules for the Classroom

Started by Marcia Skidmore Aug 14, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Linda G on June 28, 2012 at 4:54pm

Best of the best....enjoy your Summer everyone!

Comment by Linda G on June 28, 2012 at 4:53pm

Comment by stargirl49 on April 29, 2012 at 6:42pm

You are all awesome! Thank you so much for this input - and camaraderie! it's been quite a struggle for me to find that in a work environment replete with the four basic food groups of teachers: sugar, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol (not at school). I started insulin last night, and my sugars JUMPED in line, and it was really easy! I can't wait to tell my doctor tomorrow! Well, I'm off to get those snacks ready. Have a great week, y'all! I know I will, thanks to such support!!

Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 28, 2012 at 7:52pm

When I was teaching high school, I asked for and got 3rd period prep, so I could snack. That was in the old days of R and NPH, and if I didn't snack at around 10:30, I would be guaranteed a low. Fortunately my admin. was cooperative. Maybe you can talk with your admin. to find a solution that will allow you to snack when you need to -- better to prevent a low than to have to treat one.

Comment by Richard157 on April 28, 2012 at 2:32pm

I don't understand using peanut butter to handle a low. It is very slow acting. I use glucose tabs or jelly beans, which act very fast. I suppose a combination of jelly beans and peanut butter would not be a bad idea. The candy would raise the BG and the peanut butter might hold it there when it takes effect at a later time.

Comment by Linda G on April 27, 2012 at 3:38pm

Hi stargirl :)
Please...don't be scared. I find that there is no problem in keeping snacks and quick acting sugars at the ready, but no peanut butter, as with many schools...ours is a peanut/nut free zone due to so many students having severe or anaphylactic reactions. That said, finding a substitute to nut isn't a prob. I've only been given scheduled breaks (beyond lunch) as of last year, but as far as snacking/testing was concerned, I can do that right in class....my students understand...except for my youngest classes of 3 and 4 year old...but I get them first in the morning, so it isn't a concern. Make sure you test...that will relieve some of your anxiety.

Comment by Chaplain ET on April 26, 2012 at 8:59pm

stargirl49; I have a friend who is a teacher, but not a diabetic (we think!). She keeps a jar of peanut butter at school, so that when she gets those sugar lows, she grabs a spoon, and just spoons out some peanut butter, and eats it, just by itself, and that usually gets her out of it. I've been pretty lucky, in that I have really watched how I feel in the mornings, after breakfast, and always have something sugary to snack on, if I need it, quick. As I go all over the Mountain Home, ID school district, to include the base elementary that's 10 miles away, I have to watch myself, rather than depend on someone else. I don't let myself get too low.

Comment by stargirl49 on April 26, 2012 at 6:25pm

Hello, All!
I am SO glad to find a discussion for teachers with diabetes!!! I have so many questions! Is there such a thing as a long range treatment plan? I need to hear from some people who have been successfully managing their condition for many years during their teaching career. I've been taking oral medication for about three years now, and I am being put on insulin because my levels are still too high. I kinda feel like a person left waiting behind a drawn curtain in an exam room at the hospital: I'm scared to death and I have no idea what's going to happen next or what else I can do to keep myself healthy!! I'm thinking about changing doctors, and I've contacted an accredited diabetes education center. Any other ideas? Thank you so much!!

Comment by Chaplain ET on October 2, 2011 at 10:11pm
As I am a substitute teacher, it's not possible for me to develop a deep enough relationship with a student, who could watch out for hypo symptoms, or a teacher next door, for that matter. So, I always try to be a little high on my sugar, just in case. By the way, Peetie; it's spelled CHAPLAIN. The other spelling is for that naughty comedian, Charlie Chaplin! lol
Comment by Fighting for Stephany on October 1, 2011 at 4:01pm
I'm not a teacher but my daughter has a world history teacher who is a diabetic. He's a wonderful and caring person. His name is Mr. Fernandez and he teaches at Mater Academy East Charter High School. It's located in Miami Fl. He takes the time to understand the needs of his students as well as parents. I commend teacher's for you are our eyes and ears when we are not with our children and they are with you.

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