Cake and biscuits are the fuel of my staff room and as I am not known for being especially Pie Shy, I'm not backwards in coming forward for the biscuits at break. However, I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been now for almost 20 years. (So, I really should be more careful and self controlled, shouldn't I?)
This post was inspired when I realised I couldn't focus on my laptop, nor could I get my thoughts in a straight line. The Blood Glucose test told me 1.9mmol, normal is 4-7mmol, but I usually control at 6-9. In theory, with levels that low I should be unconscious and therefore is the reason I have just chugged quite a bit of Lucozade and am eating Haribo Minions.
It is something that as a Teacher I have to be acutely aware of at all times. My man-bag contains a few emergency supplies, there's Lucozade and sweet things in my cupboard and I need to be very careful to make sure that lunch times are sacred.
Over the course of the years, I haven't had many genuine issues, a few wobbles that haven't caused an issue. (There was that one time I collapsed while teaching a class and had to have an ambulance called as a precaution, but that's another story!)
I usually make sure that my class know about it. More often than not many of them have experience of the condition usually through Grandparents, but I figure if the people I spend the most time with know what to spot, then that can't be a bad thing - can it?
I haven't told this class. I have mentioned it in passing but never extended the discussion. I wonder if perhaps I should.
So, what's the point?
If you have read this far, you are probably wondering.
Diabetes is classified in the Disability Discrimination Act as a Hidden Disability, it is a life long condition which can have an impact on my ability to do everyday things (it can, I am not saying that it always does). It has a knock on effect on general well being. The issues that can occur when Blood Glucose levels drop below normal are obvious, the issues when they are too high less obvious. Feeling sluggish, irritable and needing to nip off to the loo far more than normal can be difficult if there is no other adult around.
When I am feeling tired and run down, this is one of the times that I find my levels can fluctuate. There's nothing like a high pressure, high stakes, long hour working job leave you tired and run down!
Pass the Minions...
ORIGINAL POST: June 2016