Teen Topic #12: How do you handle teachers or coaches who give you grief about Diabetes related things you might need to do in the classroom or at practice?

Joseph (age 15)
I’ve never personally had a problem with teachers because at my school any teachers who have a diabetic student are required to know about their condition. I had to explain it to a student teacher in my gym class once because I felt like I was low, but he understood and got the main teacher so he could take care of it. If anyone did give me grief I’d just quickly educate them about my condition and if they still didn’t understand I’d go to someone else.

Philip (age 16)
I’ve never gotten grief for it.
Mercedes (age 16)
I go with it and address it when it is appropriate and not freak out. Sometimes if you’re having a problem, your friends, classmates, or game mates will help you in your situation.

Ashley C. (age 14)
Well… My track coach would always be paranoid that I would like die in his watch so yeah,  it was pretty annoying. But my teacher, when my blood sugar  was 46, she told me to sit back down we only have 10 minutes of a video left –  I can wait. I then told her if I don’t go now I could die, she then let me go. Over half my teachers have NO idea I’m a diabetic, even after we’ve had a 504 meeting to explain all of this and talk about what needs to happen in which situation. So… It really depends on the teacher and situation.

Jessica (age 19)
When I have grief within the school setting the first thing I do is call or talk to my parents. Usually I try to talk to the teacher or coach, or have the nurse reach out to them, and re-inform them of my needs. If that doesn’t work we go to their superior. It is crucial that parents and T1Ds are advocates for themselves. Yes, using the “D” card can seem inappropriate or an advantage, but there are certain things that we need in order to be our best. Because of this, it is important that everyone be accepting and on board so that we can reach our full potentials.

Laura (age 16)
Honestly I feel like these people don’t even really know that much about diabetes. I understand that they’re trying to look out for me or whatever, but I can handle myself. It gets annoying, especially if they’re extremely uneducated and don’t know what they’re talking about.

Cameron (age 16)
I have never really faced that type of thing yet, thankfully. But if a teacher or coach did that, I would ask to go to the nurse/office and then call my parents for them to come handle it.

Zyler (age 15)
My teachers and coach are very understanding with it. My coach is very helpful with me and wants the best of what I can do with it.

Ian (age 13)
I don’t get that kind of thing from teachers in that sense, but my health teacher is a little b**** because whenever diabetes comes up in the book it means type two but just says diabetes. (don’t even get me started  on the diabetes lesson – it is a piece of crap that needs to be burned)  So to answer questions in health class,  I write “Type two diabetes” in certain circumstances, and she mostly marks it wrong! She sometimes says type one just to spite me, and won’t let me correct her. She needs to be fired.

Luke (age 15)
I have never experienced a teacher or coach giving me any grief about my diabetes.  They have all been very understanding and supportive.  I entered high school this year and was nervous about the coaches some, but they have been great!!

Cole (age 15)
I just tell them what I have to do. If they give me grief I deal with it and just keep explaining the same thing over again. It gets annoying, but it doesn’t happen that often anymore. I guess it just sorta comes with the territory.

Jordan (age 17)
I’ve never had a teacher or a coach give me a hard time about anything related to diabetes.

Ashley B. (age 15)
I do what I need to do anyway. High blood sugar? Drink water in the class. Low blood sugar? Have some sugar pills. Its a necessity, it doesn’t mean that I’m purposely not listening to the teacher, but I do it because I have to. You should, however explain why you have to eat or drink in class, in order to not get in trouble. If all else fails, call your mom and have her yell at the teacher for being an idiot. That happened twice in fourth grade.

Claire (age 16)
Teachers and/or coaches who give diabetic students ANY grief or crap whatsoever is absolutely infuriating to me. It bewilders me why any adult would give any child grief for something they can’t control and are REQUIRED to do to LIVE. It’s like walking up to someone and saying “Hi, I’m sorry but your breathing is annoying, so can you stop that?” We’re required to do these things to continue living, and the fact that any teacher, or adult for that matter, would give them any crap just shows how little they care about that child/teen.

Josh (age 17)
Sadly I’ve never been able to handle coaches or teachers very well when they give me grief. I tend to get more emotional or angry about it than anything. This disease wasn’t a choice for me in how I wanted to live my life, it was something that was forced upon me without any consideration. This disease isn’t something I asked for or could have prevented. So when teachers or coaches give me grief about it, I find it quit unfair.

Allie (age 13)
I haven’t had to handle teachers and coaches giving me grief because of diabetes.  All my teachers treat me like any other kid and I don’t participate in any sports so I haven’t had to deal with coaches. If someone were to give me grief for having the disease I would most likely dismiss it and not say anything.

Page (age 17)
The main problem I have with teachers/coaches is absences due to my sugar being low or high and them becoming frustrated that I cannot make it to the entire period or I have to leave when I am missing an important practice or lecture. I can get pretty stressed out at times when I fall far behind but I talk with them to make sure I have extra time to learn what I need to. As long as I communicate with them they are understanding of what I have to go through and help me in any way they can to keep me relaxed.

Skylyn (age 15)
Teachers and coaches that I have had don’t really bother me about diabetes related things, at least not yet.

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