Monday, May 23, 2011
SOL's and Diabetes
Kacey's first SOL test was back in March. It was her Writing SOL and we just got the scores back and she passed it. Then she had her 2nd one last Thursday, one today and her last one will be this Thursday. They start the testing not long after the kids arrive for school. For Kacey, that is not a good testing time. Even though she feels well, her blood sugars read different. She eats only an hour and a half before the test so her sugar was still climbing. I'm not sure what happened but she ended up hitting the 350's (thank you breakfast and nerves, I think!). I got a call from her nurse saying Kacey had a headache and she wasn't going to be able to test. So I picked her up and took her home to rest. Thankfully she was able to retest the following day in the afternoon. Her sugars seem so much better during that time. Today she has another SOL and I haven't gotten a call yet so I'm hoping she didn't have that spike again. When it comes to diabetes and tests, my brain starts to fry a bit. I sit and think about how diabetes affects Kacey's body on just a daily basis and then when she tries to test, how accurate is it? We all know what high blood sugars do to our kids brains....fuzzy, sleepy, not able to concentrate and the list goes on. So when it comes to big tests, how can we be sure our kids are getting an accurate score? We can't! We have to take those curve balls as they come. Something I thought about and I am really going to push Kacey to start doing is testing or checking Dexcom before a test and writing the number in the upper corner of her paper. Yeah, you're wondering WHY would you want her to do that? Well, when she gets her test back and she gets a bad grade on it, then I want to know what her blood sugar was before she took it. Did she get that grade because she doesn't know the material or did she get it because she was trying so hard to focus and just couldn't because of the havoc that diabetes was wreaking on her body? She hasn't gotten the hang of doing it yet but she will! I help her study before tests and I make sure she knows what she needs to going in for tests but if she gets in there and ends up with a 70 or below on the test then something went wrong. I just want to make sure that I'm staying on top of what needs to be.
How do the parents of older D-kids handle testing situations? How about college adults?
It's another one of those times when I don't know what it feels like to be high but I know I hear Kacey say, "I feel like crap!" so how do we handle those highs and testing?
As for Kayleigh's SOL tests, we've got it good with her testing schedule. She only reports to school for the days she has tests and only stays for the time she has those tests. Her SOL's started last Thursday and she only went to school from 11:12am-12:44pm and then I picked her up. Then she didn't have an SOL on Friday so she got a 3 day weekend! She has an SOL today from 9:26am-11:07am and then Tues & Wed she only goes in from 7:40am -9:21am. That's been REALLY nice! She eats before she goes and we don't have to worry about any blood sugar drops. So once Kacey gets to the high school then testing should be a bit easier for her.
Only 11 more days of school!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
On an exciting note, Diabetes Dude made a road trip to surprise team Beta Buddies at their JDRF walk. It was so moving to see Reyna's reaction and I actually cried watching it. It was also GREAT to see all the D-kids rooting for them. WAY TO GO D-FAMILIES!!! We were blessed to be part of such an amazing day! Love you all!!! To see the video...CLICK HERE.
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