Emma and I went to meet with her new teacher this afternoon at the school. For some reason I am finding myself less worried and stressed than I have been in previous years. Not sure why really? Maybe it's because she is pumping now and her numbers are more consistant? Maybe it's because this will be our 3rd school year with diabetes? Maybe it's because she is now 7 and has grown tremendously in managing her diabetes? I think it's a combo of them all really. I have noticed Emma becoming more responsible and knowledgable over this summer regarding diabetes. She is able to recognize her lows probably 4 out of 5 times. She has been bolusing herself pretty much every single time (i like to give her a break from the task whenever she needs it, so i still help with that part). We've been working with teaching her the whole insulin on board feature and how that can play a factor in things when she is bolusing. She has shown interest in helping prepare a new infusion set on site change day. She is curious and wants to learn things. I think this is one of the many things that I love about the pump. Emma would go through phases when on injections where she would want to prepare it and actually administer it herself...but then she would lose interest after a while. I would never push it...because like I said before, she will have to deal with this for the rest of her life (or until a cure is found! please please pretty please make it soon!)...so I don't want her to get burned out. With the pump however, I am finding her truly interested and wanting to know as much as possible about ALL of it. I love how it seems to make her feel more independant and "normal". I love how she has not only accepted it...but really loves it...it's a part of her and I can see first hand how much it means to her.
Anyway, I got a little off topic there...sorry...I can't help but profess my love for our Ping sometimes! While meeting with her 2nd grade teacher (Emma starts school next week Tuesday), I went through the usual speech...highs, lows, snacks, gym, BG checks, bolusing. I handed over all of my papers and info sheets to her with our phone numbers on them. When all was said and done, I looked up at her and finally realized that she was nervous. I found myself trying to reassure her that everything would be ok, she could call me anytime with any questions, Emma is very good about all of it. She mentioned to me that she was nervous a couple of times...but she knew that once they got into the swing of things and she got to know Emma a little better that she was sure the nervousness wouldn't be so bad. She told me that she appreciated all of the info and getting to talk with me. She said that during the school year she always refers to the class as "her kids" because she truly looks at them in that way...she is there to not only educate them...but to also take care of them...and care for them. So, we left there feeling pretty good about the whole thing. I was beyond happy to hear what she had to say about calling them "her kids"...i think that is such an incredible thing and am once again so lucky to have come across another phenomenal teacher. Seeing her nervous made me a bit nervous though at first...until I read a comment a friend of mine posted on Facebook about how it was a good thing that she was nervous...it meant that she cares and will be looking after Emma in the way that I hoped for. I should be nervous if I found this teacher to not be nervous herself...to not care or treat it like it wasn't important or a big deal at all...then I should have a problem.
So....fingers crossed...I think we will have a good year. It will still be beyond difficult to hand over my kid to another complete stranger...entrusting her with Emma's life...praying that she will be ok every school day...but at least I can breathe a little easier knowing that the teacher is on board with everything and will be looking out for my girl.