I know I’ve said this a hundred times, but I love our school nurses and office staff. They have blown me away again with how kind and diligent they are and just how downright good they are at what they do.

I was in the lineup of cars the other day, waiting to pick up Kaitlyn and Jonathan from school. I had my cell phone and smart watch displaying Kaitlyn’s blood sugar numbers as I waited. About five minutes before the school bell rang, my phone alarmed me that Kaitlyn was going low. Since I knew I would see her very soon and that she wasn’t going down very fast, I sat in my seat and didn’t do anything about it. Five minutes later, as all the kids were getting out of school and the line of cars moved forward, I saw Kaitlyn walking out with the school office manager by her side. She brought Kaitlyn to my car and told me that the school nurse, who had already left for the day, had called and alerted them to check on her. I was amazed! Within five minutes, the nurse had seen the alert on her personal cell phone and called the school, and the manager had gone to pick Kaitlyn up from her class, tested her blood sugar, given glucose tabs, brought her back to her class, and escorted her to my car. This is how it should be!

Another example happened the very next day. Kaitlyn’s class was having a special event involving food at the end of the school day, and I had planned to go. I confirmed with the teacher and the nurses that I would be there, because the nurse is not regularly scheduled to be there at that time of day. Kaitlyn had mentioned to the nurse at lunch that we would be leaving for vacation right after school that day. Knowing that I would probably be really busy packing and getting ready to leave town, the nurse texted me and offered to cover for the party that afternoon. She ended up staying almost two hours longer than normal to be there for Kaitlyn, just because she knew I would be busy. It was so thoughtful, and I was so grateful!

I hope you are as lucky as we are with your situation at school, and if you are, I hope you’ll tell the staff how grateful you are! I consider these ladies Kaitlyn’s personal angels, and I hope they know how much they’re appreciated. Let’s hear it for great nurses!

Find a free printable color-in thank-you card for your child’s school nurse and other ways to show your appreciation here! Or tweet your gratitude on National School Nurse Day (the Wednesday between May 6 and May 12 each year) using #SchoolNurseDay.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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