Monday, September 13, 2010

Doing The Happy Dance!

School is officially in session! I spent quite a few weeks this summer preparing myself mentally and emotionally to send Miss E off to kindergarten...I was freaking out just a little bit!

You see, this would be the first time I would EVER be apart from her for longer then maybe an hour! In her five years, I never left her with a babysitter, she didn't go to preschool, we were together all the time. So you can imagine that my anxiety level was borderline OFF THE CHARTS! Just before she was diagnosed I began to look into preschool for her, but after her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes I just couldn't do it.

Don't worry...she wasn't sent of to kindergarten without some book smarts :) I spent a lot of time working with her, hanging out at the library, teaching her all that I could so she would be prepared for the big moment...the first day of school.

I had an opportunity to meet with her new teacher and the teachers educational assistant before school started. It gave us time to really discuss Miss E's care and how we would manage her diabetes in the classroom. So, here is the BIG, BIG surprise...

Her teacher has type 1 diabetes!!!!!!!!! YEP, you heard me right! She has type 1 diabetes!!!! Can you believe it????!!!! I swear to you, I was soooooooo excited it was borderline inappropriate! I don't ever want to be excited that someone has diabetes, but to know that my daughters first teacher ever, has type 1 diabetes....I just don't think I could have dreamed up a better scenario. I am not kidding you, when I found that out I was like a kid who just walked through the gates of Disneyland for the first time...elated, in awe, dumbfounded, borderline tears of joy stinging my eyes! I later apologized to her for my excitement, I felt that I went a little too close to doing a happy dance and I didn't want her to think I was nuts. Of course, she completely understood and she "got it"...she knows and understands my fears and my worries, she "gets it".

So, almost immediately my anxiety levels was like I could breathe again for the first time in weeks. Here's another beautiful piece of the puzzle, the educational assistant...well, she is also a nurse! Yes, I think that settles it...I just won the diabetes jackpot (if there were such a prize).

Miss E loves school, she doesn't even want to take days off for the weekend! It's been great, she wakes up every morning excited and ready for another day at school. I love it! So far, so good.

The school has a wonderful nurse and a health assistant who have been fantastic, they are really stepping up to the plate and going above and beyond what I was expecting. It's been a true blessing and I am just so thankful for this amazing start in this new journey we are on...a brand new beginning for us, a new day and a new adventure has begun!


  1. Happy Dance your A@$ off...I would! I think that's fantastic and well worth every smile and moment of relief. Now you can really enjoy her being in school rather than fearing it. YEAH!

  2. SERIOUSLY...YOU DID WIN THE JACKPOT! I cannot even dream up a better scenario. And like Sarah said, you can really, hopefully, take pause and just enjoy the k-garten experience without the fear and anxiety.

    Hip Hip Hooray!!!

  3. Oh my gosh!!!! That's incredible! So happy for you! :)

  4. Ok, You made me cry. We ARE being watched over!

    I am SO elated for you!! If I could jump in the air and click my heals together, I would!! Happy day!

  5. Hooray! What a blessing. So, can she teach your other daughter when her time comes too?!

  6. It doesn't get any better than that. I am soooooooo happy for you guys. Enjoy the calm that this brings your way.

  7. That is just heavenly. Congratulations I believe are in order!

  8. I just want to say thank you to all my friends here, your joy and excitement for my family is truly felt and I thank you all for your encouragement...from the bottom of my heart I thank you!!!

    -Amanda, I hope Lil Miss C will have the same kindergaren teacher when the time comes...what a double blessing that would be!!!

  9. (I came to your blog from Joanne's, I think. . .) I have two grown siblings with type one (brother age 35, diagnosed age 11; sister age 29, diagnosed age 7.) I am always afraid of writing the wrong thing esp. b/c I am not a T1 mom, but I wanted to let you know that I was reading. . .How amazing that your little girl got that teacher. . . My heart just aches for your little girls and how young they both are. . .I only know secondhand how crummy this disease is. . .know that you are an awesome mom.


  10. @MaRia...

    Thank you SO much for your kind comment! It is amazing that my daughter was lucky enough to have a teacher with T1...we are truly blessed and it has been wonderful having someone with her in class who truly understands this disease.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hello :)

  11. Wow - what a great break! I know (pretty much) how you feel since my son was with a teacher who had type 1 for the beginning of the school year - until the county decided to remove 2 teachers from our building. Ugh. The school is still really great and very supportive, though, so we are still doin' the happy dance here, too! Congrats!

  12. Just came across your blog from another D-mom's...
    Can I just say, I am SOOO jealous! My son just started Kindy this year and while this first month has gone just fine, I was pretty stressed out about making sure the teachers and staff "got it". What a relief it must be to put your daughter in someone's hands that gets it first hand. Hope it has been going well for you guys!
    nice to "meet" you!