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Beware Of Elevators!

My son had just started 3rd grade with a new teacher and new students. And he was uncomfortable with sharing his diabetes with the class because he thought they might laugh…or however our fears caution us. We talked about how supportive his 2nd grade class had been for him. (He was diagnosed in December of his 2nd grade year). And his classmates became his rally point. They knew what time he needed to take his snack and reminded him and were aware when he was feeling low and took action by getting him his snack or telling the teacher.

In 3rd grade he still wasn't feeling comfortable with discussing diabetes and didn't want anyone to acknowledge it even existed. I recounted for him a story I had read about a teenage girl who had diabetes who also refused to tell any of her friends about her diabetes. She refused to carry any type of carbohydrate with her but would take money so she could grab something out of the vending machine.

"One day she and her best friend were on an elevator when the elevator stopped and was stuck for several hours. At one point she started to feel dizzy and she had no carbs to raise her sugar. She finally had to tell her friend what was happening and to prepare her for the worst, her passing out and worse. Her friend remembered that she had her snack from a couple of day's prior in her back pack and offered it to her. The fruit was rotten and the sandwich moldy but she had to eat it. From that point on she vowed she would always carry carbohydrates with her and tell her friends about her diabetes."

I finished the story and my 8 year old said, "You see, that is why I hate elevators!"

Mary Gillespie

Published April 25, 2003

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