The first thing to remember when dealing with both the teachers and the caregivers of your child is that both of these crucially important people play a pivotal role in the life of your child. This can never be understated. When you are not around, managing your child’s diabetes falls on their shoulders. But remember, as much as we would like to think otherwise, the job these two have do not just revolve around your child.
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They deal with many families at once and it can be overwhelming. In most cases, they have been trained in what I like to call, “broad strokes.” When dealing with the education of a child, or the treatment of a child with diabetes, it is crucial for parents to understand what their endo and teacher are facing each and every day.
While these people are here to help, it’s important to remember there are 480 minutes in a work day and the school has 500 students. Sit with those numbers for a minute. The takeaway is that parents have to be ready to advocate for their child. Do the homework, be ready. Get to the point and say what you think. Ask their advice, take their opinion into consideration, and thank them for their time. Remember, their time is as precious as yours.
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Caregivers: Plan Ahead
Your appointment with your caregiver is usually set in advance. At some point after your child has been diagnosed and been to more than a few caregiver visits, you will understand the drill. You review your child’s blood glucose numbers and their A1C number will be discussed. Set the appointment for a blood test about a week before your child’s caregiver visit. Check with the practice on how long it takes for them to have the results, and plan accordingly. This way you are discussing the most current A1C.