Type 1 Diabetes and Changing Schools

Lucia first day at John Curtin.jpgWritten by Lucia Wright

This year I started secondary school at John Curtin College of the Arts, in the drama program. While I was really excited to be moving into a school where drama studies and writing, which I love, are going to play such a big role, in terms of my diabetes I was nervous.

 I was moving on from primary school where both my teacher and my group of friends were very aware of my T1D needs to a place where barely anyone would know what it all involves. (The good thing is that at the moment I only have to do injections at lunchtime but even that made me feel nervous.)

 My first thoughts were:

  •      Am I going to have to test and inject in front of kids I don’t know?
  •     Will they judge me?
  •    What if I don’t have time to sit and do this properly?

So it was with all that in my mind that I started my new school on day one! I had recently been given a new blood testing system at my PMH clinic (the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert) that helps me accurately figure out my insulin dose. It takes into account my exercise, food and my BGL so it really helps keep my levels steady.

The first day was great and I quickly made new friends. Mum had already spoken to the school about my situation and on the first morning we both went to Student Services to figure out the best plan for the day. We worked out that at lunchtime I can go to the nurse’s office to do my testing and my injection for some privacy. I can go there at any time if I need to test my BGL until I feel comfortable around my new friends.

It all went smoothly and was much less scary then I had anticipated and I was really happy about the way the day turned out. I had privacy in the nurse’s office so I wasn’t worried about other kids, and I had plenty of time. In total it was a fun experience and I had a great time. I love my new school and I’d say to anyone else having to move schools that everyone really wants to help you, it’s just letting people known what diabetes involves and is all about.

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