After a few months of struggling with various injections, and not being happy with my blood glucose levels, I attended a few classes at a local diabetes center and decided to start using a pump. More specifically, I choose Ominipod! I choose to wear a Pod instead of other insulin pumps on the market because it is wireless! I live an active lifestyle and a Pod will provide me with the freedom I so desperately want.
Well, just one week after attending my pump class and filling out my paperwork my box arrived in the mail! I was astonished by how fast it came. Between paperwork, insurance, mail delivery times, etc...I thought for sure I'd be waiting at least until August. Nope! Here it is!
I am uberly excited to get started using the pump over the summer. My next class is scheduled for Monday, just 3 days away. I'm hoping to be a pump wearing pro before my first day back to school.
So, while I've been waiting for Monday to come so I can properly be trained how to use my wonderful pump, I decided to do a little internet search for child friendly diabetes picture books. I intend to share my diabetes and pump with my class this year. Although a pump is discrete, it still makes noise on occasion, and I am still going to need to check my blood glucose levels, and manage my lows and highs throughout the day. I also do not want to keep my diabetes a secret from my students. It is not something to be scared of. I want to use this opportunity to advocate for diabetes and teach students about it. While entrusting my students with my diabetes, I will be building a strong classroom community of caring and open-minded students.
So, here are a few pictures books that I've found so far that I can use as an avenue to teach students about diabetes:
1. Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin
This book contains an instructive story of a grade-schooler with diabetes who tells his classmates about the disease and how he manages it. The story offers insight into the day-to-day school life of a child with diabetes and includes 10 Tips for Teachers and a Kid Friendly Quiz.
2. Life with Diabetes by Dana Sheppard
3. Just Sweet Enough By Stacey Omstead DiNiro
This is a cute and simple story about being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
I'm still on the look out with a picture book focusing on having a teacher with diabetes. I've yet to find one. Maybe I need to publish my own! Do you know anyone with diabetes? Have you ever had a child with diabetes in your class? Please share!