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Old 10-30-2011, 06:11   #11
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Teach everyday. Grade 6. I presently have a student teacher so that should make break time every 2 hrs available to me.I have had many lows while teaching and have always kept a candy, carrots or a yogurt on my desk. I am a bit nervous ,to say the least!!!
With LC/HF Do I need snacks on hand and what??...besides GluTabs??
With your history of many lows, I think keeping glucose tabs on hand is a good idea at all times - in the classroom where you can't just get up & leave, as well as anywhere else you may be. The other snacks may be less important if you always have a good supply of glucose tabs in your pocket.




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Old 10-30-2011, 07:46   #12
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With your history of many lows, I think keeping glucose tabs on hand is a good idea at all times - in the classroom where you can't just get up & leave, as well as anywhere else you may be. The other snacks may be less important if you always have a good supply of glucose tabs in your pocket.
Teachers are not actually as tied down as you might think, Shanny.

Anyway... Pands, you don't want to have to take those glucose tablets on a regular basis in lieu of snacks! For one thing, they are expensive and furthermore, they lack the nutrition of good snacks. It is important to snack and eat your meals on a regular basis so that you can prevent the need for the glucose tablets. Think of them as your last resort, safety net.

Do you have a small frig in your classroom? If not, perhaps you can just pack a small cooler with some cheese slices, some ham slices rolled up, and Sugar-Free Jello Gelatin. You can also keep canned nuts and a jar of peanut butter in your desk drawer.

It's great that you have a Student Teacher this semester, but, just in case you haven't thought about this, I wanted to suggest that you teach at least 2-3 students how to use your class telephone to contact the office for medical assistance. Educate them about your Diabetes so that they won't be alarmed if you should faint. Don't think you'll need this, but it's always good to be prepared.

BTW, I'm a fellow Educator. Just finished my Rank 1 (30 graduate hours above a masters degree) and I'm currently working on my 2nd masters degree. I'm currently taking a break from teaching (and working), but I'm licensed to teach Mathematics, Social Studies, Computer Science, Business and Special Education. Don't you just LOVE teaching.


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I agree with Shanny, when you have a hypo, you need ASAP relief -- because hypos are soooo uncomfortable.

My husband just bought me tabs in a tube -- so they do not bust up and mess up the dosage.

I try to use only 1 at a time, and wait -- but waiting can be hard! You also will need to TEST each time you take them, though -- can you do it in a room full of rowdy 6th graders? Is there a table or desk with a modesty panel so you can test without them seeing?

Low-carbing will help keep your insulin dose low, which will help prevent the more extreme and frequent lows, anyhow.

I, too have LADA, but I suspected it early and requested testing. It is helping me ease slowly into insulin use before my insulin production gets too low -- which of course is STILL no picnic.

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Dr's . Office left a message on my answering machine on Thursday while I was at work,because she knew I was scheduled for my flu shot Saturday morning. She said it was important and that she needed to speak to me at the time of my flu shot.
I had gone for a urine culture 1 week ago when I thought I had seen BLOOD in my urine. Now, I was scared.!!!
Went in today and she tells me nope No Blood but ALOT of glucose spilling from kidney's into my urine!! The number was 23!! Not sure what that means but she said TAKE MORE INSULIN!!! I said my BG is below 7 most of the time and that I had taken the urine test after my lunch. She said it DOESN'T matter!!! I told her that If I took more insulin I'd gain MORE weight and may go Hypo.What about 30 grams of carb per day.6/12/12 as per Dr.B's diet?? She said that should be oKAY. NOW, I AM SCARED to death. What am I to do? I have already gone from 142lbs to 170lbs since starting insulin last October. Afraid I'll Gain too much and go hypo!!!
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I am not sure if they had this treatment in Canada, yet. It is called Pulsatile IV INsulin Therapy. I started because of loss of kidney function and other complications. However, I have gone from 163 to 128, in eight months. I was not trying to loose weight. It is a happy side effect of the treatment. Nueropathy is better. Renal function is better! Google it, it has many names, CAT,MAT, CIIT, PIT, PIVIT, etc.

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Much information...Thank you all !!
Okay so in response to All your questions...yes, I have glucotabs and glucogel. It is VERY expensive here! I do NOT have a fridge in my classroom but do store my lunch bag in the teachers lounge fridge. I can NOT snack on nuts or peanut butter in school. We are a NUT free ( questionable statement considering some of the people who are given teaching degrees LOL!!!) environment. Too many students who are allergic to nuts and nut products can cause anilphylactic shock for some.Yes, I LOVE teaching!!!No, hidden areas in the class for where I could tes, except the washroom. I Have already spoken to the kids about my Diabetes and used it to introduce a unit on healthy living. The Principal will NOT let me have them call down to office in the event of am emergency. Has to do with some kind of LEGAL regulations. They have to run across hall to the other grade 6 teacher. Ridiculous I know....BUT those are the rules!! I thought sugar free ready made jello was a NO/NO because it had a thickener. Maltdextrin?

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Much information...Thank you all !!
Okay so in response to All your questions...yes, I have glucotabs and glucogel. It is VERY expensive here! I do NOT have a fridge in my classroom but do store my lunch bag in the teachers lounge fridge. I can NOT snack on nuts or peanut butter in school. We are a NUT free ( questionable statement considering some of the people who are given teaching degrees LOL!!!) environment. Too many students who are allergic to nuts and nut products can cause anilphylactic shock for some.Yes, I LOVE teaching!!!No, hidden areas in the class for where I could tes, except the washroom. I Have already spoken to the kids about my Diabetes and used it to introduce a unit on healthy living. The Principal will NOT let me have them call down to office in the event of am emergency. Has to do with some kind of LEGAL regulations. They have to run across hall to the other grade 6 teacher. Ridiculous I know....BUT those are the rules!! I thought sugar free ready made jello was a NO/NO because it had a thickener. Maltdextrin?
Panda,
I taught in public school, 6th grade in PA, USA, until diabetes took me down. I got similar treatment. I tested at the sink in my room, while the kids were at lunch. They would not let me do that, ok, the ladies room, nope not there either, the lav in the nurses office, maybe.
Long L shaped building, two floors, the nurses office was at the other end. I only had 20 minutes for lunch, to begin with. You guessed it, there was always a sick child in the one bathroom, in the nurses office. I started teaching at 7:35 am. Could not leave the building until
4 pm. Sometimes, at 4 I would go out to my car as if I was leaving, and just test in the car. That's a little tough in Feb. That was a few years ago.
I do not know much about Canada, but they are discriminating against you. You have health requirements. I was a single mom, and bringing home the bacon came first. Put you health first. My grandchildren are small. My kidneys were about to give out. I found a clinical trial for Pulsatile IV Insulin Therapy, which has helped a lot.
My daughter is dx T2, she is a career woman. I sat her down and told her she had to put her health FIRST.
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