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School board use of Glucagon kit

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 11:09
  • School board use of Glucagon kit
    I belong to a few forums - actually I belong to ALOT - that deal with children with diabetes.  I try to help out parents with their own kids - and give them abit of insight as to what perhaps their child is going through with dealing with diabetes. 

    A group of parents in Ottawa in a Facebook group were recently talking about the fact that the school system there does not treat their diabetic children when they are perhaps having to use a glucagon kit for when their child is having a low blood sugar (hypo).  They do not understand why the kit cannot be administered like an Epi-pen.  Having worked in the school system - we are always trained how to use an Epi-pen - but never in my years in school - was a glucagon kit every brought up in any of the refresher courses we took yearly.  In the 12 years I worked in a school - I only came across one diabetic child - in Grade 1 - and sadly - never got to work with them (I was in the Daycare portion of the school system).

    I told my Mum about this concern of parents - and she admitted that they only kept the glucagon kit at home - it was never left with the school nurse (in my days - in the 60's - 70's we actually had a full time nurse).  She'd always pack a roll of Lifesavers or jelly beans to be used when I was low.  I actually had one friend tell me many years later, that she was jealous that I could keep snacks at my desk.   How funny is that?  A non-diabetic being jealous of a classmate having sweets to eat!

    One thing my Mum told me is that she was working in a high school and was called down to the office to help out with a teenager that was having a hypo.  The Principal figured with my being diabetic, my Mum would know what to do.  Mum went and got bags of sugar from the cafeteria (the only sweet stuff she could find) and managed to get it into the girls mouth.  Apparently this did the job, but as we all know, sometimes when we are having a hypo, we are like a bank safe, where we refuse to open up to stuff that will make us better. 

    She was saying, giving the same scenario today. She wouldn't have done that.  She maybe would have advised the staff what to do, but not actually done the deed of administering.  Remember, we had no blood meters in those days, so who knows if that girl was maybe hyper?  There are so many scenarios that can go thru' a persons head - basically - " Could I do more harm then good? ".  It's kind of sad when you think about it - that some people would hesitate to help - but I don't blame my Mum in thinking this way.  I mean, what happens if she had killed the girl when she thought she was doing the right thing.

    I know that in my mind - and let's pretend I don't have diabetes -  with no tools around to figure like we do today what the blood sugar is, I would have probably given the sugar, called up the parent(s), and gone from there.  Having a high blood sugar even for a short time I would be hoping that it wouldn't do any serious harm.  Is that the right attitude to take you think?

    I will always remember one snowy day, when I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old, trudging home in what I thought was the longest trek home from school in my layers of clothing (think of the scene from The Christmas Story - and you'll understand).  I was sweating like bullets in all the layers of clothing, and remember flopping down in a fluffy white snow bank, just wishing I could go to sleep.  I don't recall having any friends with me at the time walking home.  I was pretty much a loaner.  So I just kept on truding along, in a daze.  All I really remember of that day is ending up at my home, sitting on the backdoor step, probably in tears, and that's it.  Either my Mum came home from work at that time.  I'm not sure, but I lived through probably what Mum's today would consider a very bad hypo, but we human beings have this amazing ability to fight for our lives. 

    One thing I asked my Mum today - did the schools I attended know I was diabetic?  Her answer was - only in the primary school system - but never at high school.  I think today's generation of children with diabetes - probably that is something that the school would want to know.  If I had a bad hypo during gym, would anyone have known what to
    do with me?  Would my friends know?

    I say friends, because on the w/e - I was out with a friend I've known since Grade 3.  She was saying that if I went low - she knew what to do - she could give me some insulin.  After over 40 years of knowing each other, it sort of shocked me abit (and no - we hadn't started drinking yet).   I told her that I had my Dex-4 with me, and if I did go low (badly) - I could Suspend my insulin pump from delivering insulin.  I'm hoping I never have to be in the situation where I need someone's help - as I'm sure you are all thinking too!  

    Again, as I've written in the past.  Diabetes for me was in the foreground.  I didn't think of it much (not like I do today - with all the info that is available - the D-OC (diabetic online community).  It didn't affect how I grew up as I got older.  I actually sometimes think it made me a better person having diabetes and being able to understand others that have health issues.  Maybe all we diabetic kids should go into the medical field (do you think we'd get a group discount? <lol>).

    Glucagon Emergency KitNB:  I haven't had a Glucagon Kit since I left home.  Perhaps if I had hypo-unawareness I would - is that a bad thing not to keep a kit on hand do you think?


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