What happens when your child with Diabetes Moves on to Secondary School?

This is not something I have talked about too much here on Schoolrunbeauty.com, mainly as this is a beauty and lifestyle blog. The inclusion of regular Mummy Monday feature though means that you will be seeing more of this type of post.

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Today I wanted to open up the discussion of children with diabetes. My son is a Type 1 diabetic, we are 5 1/2 years on from his original diagnosis. Though initially a shock it is something that we have become very used to managing. Up until now as a parent my husband and I have very much been in the driving seat when it comes to being in control of managing his care, and at school he has a  one to one TA who helps him out with his daily care needs. Come September though this is all going to change. You see Harrison is going up to secondary school.

Once your child reaches this particular mile stone provision for their care changes quite a lot. In secondary school there is no one to one supervision for diabetics. Your 11 yr old is now responsible for looking after themselves. We are talking blood testing, carb counting, injections, hypo treatment, the lot. Obviously if they were to have a severe hypo a school nurses is on the premises to assist with  emergency treatment, but it doesn’t stop the worry.

I know at some point as a parent you have to step back and let your child take responsibilty for their own Diabetes management, I’m not going to be their to hold his hand as an adult. However the time seems to have come round very quickly and I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go just yet.

We are of course taking the steps to ensure that he is ready for secondary school and all that it entails. He is now able to count his own carbs and we are gradually stopping checking every single insulin dose.

You know what kids are like though, they get distracted, or rush through their treatment. Taking your insulin is far less exciting than keeping up with the goings on of your mates. Unfortunately that is were the mistakes happen, such as taking the wrong dose or even picking up the wrong insulin pen (my son takes two different types depending on time of day). This is where I am struggling with my own personal demons. As a responsible parent I want to be checking for mistakes, but then on the other hand we learn from mistakes that we make in life. Trouble is a mistake in this context could be very dangerous for Harrison.  Again It would be very irresponsible of me to be sending him of into the world unable to look after himself.

Kids are ressiliant and I’m sure he will be fine, he’s not the first child with diabetes to go through this transition and he certainly won’t be the last. In fact there are three other kids with Type 1 starting alongside him in September. He is also lucky as our local health trust is providing a moving on to secondary school workshop for kids with Diabetes. It doesn’t stop the worry though. Mind you that’s part of being a parent, if I wasn’t worrying about this It would be about something else.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have a child going up to secondary in september? How do you feel about the change in your child’s care?

Bye now, Katy x