Well, Maddie started middle school this year. The big 6th grade. Isn't that just the worst grade for everyone? Does anyone really ever say, "Wow...6th grade was the year for me. Those were the days...." I don't think so. Usually, those years are known as being the awkward years. The in-between years. Not fun, and usually not pretty.
Before the school year started, I called the school nurse to set up a time to meet with her and the core teachers. (Just as a quick note--I did the same thing last year, when she was at the elementary school, and I met with the principal, the teacher, and the teacher's assistant. Period. That's IT. No nurse or PE teacher.)
I showed up for the meeting about 15 minutes early, and sat down in the huge classroom where we were supposed to meet--just the 5 of us. In came the first core teacher, then the second core teacher, then the third core teacher, and finally the nurse. Ok, so I think we're going to start. Until her PE teacher marches in. Oh--ok. Good idea--the PE teacher needs to hear all of this. Lo and behold--here comes the band teacher, and then the art teacher, then the librarian, (whom I learn is the diabetes "go to gal"). Then the teacher (that Maddie doesn't have) that is type 1 and wears a pump, then the Section 504 lady, then the substitute nurse, and finally, the principal.
Holy diabetes, Batman! I thought it was cool last year when we met in the shoebox size Principal's office at the elementary school with BOTH the teacher, and her assistant. This was cray-cray!
So, here I am, with super-shy Maddie, sitting in front of 12 people I don't know, getting ready to make a corporate-like presentation. Yikes! But, I got through it. They asked what seemed like hundreds of questions, and I answered them, along with about a dozen "what if" situations. They told me what equipment they'd like to keep on hand at the school, and what they would do about her checking her blood inconspicuously.
I walked away that day very confident that she would be well taken care of. This was about 4 months ago, and so far, so good.