My little spitfire diabetic was absent today, and no wonder: yesterday her blood sugar ranged from 400+ to 60 in a matter of hours. Apparently she told her mom that her dad (they have joint custody) gave her that night's insulin, when in fact he hadn't, as the mom found out the next morning. At her morning check, her blood sugar was 260-something, and she felt ill; her ketones were off the charts. We called mom, who, to my relief, actually answered and came, and explained the insulin issue that happened last night. She said she was just off the phone from their doctor, and gave my diabetic her specified dose. An hour later, her teacher called to say her blood sugar was 60. And this was a totally normal Monday for this girl.
I don't understand how she can get any work done when she's feeling crappy all the time, and her blood sugar is flying all over the place. Her teacher said her work is suffering: in a recent test my diabetic was the only student in the class to not score in the "green" category. :( I'm not really sure what to do about the situation, and I don't understand why her mom won't realize that she's the parent and the diabetic is the child - someone needs to take responsibility and it probably isn't going to be the 8 year old. No one seems to care about the fact that there are serious long term complications of uncontrolled diabetes that this girl is headed for if things don't change.
On a lighter note, a first grade teacher relayed to me an incident during recess in which she overheard several students discussing the existence of Jesus. One pointed to the sky, and said he's up there; then another said, "Jesus died of lupus." You really never know what will come out of the mouths of children.