No. Not THAT talk... I think we're a few years away from that. At least I hope we are.
No, this past Friday I went to Elise's school to give my own mini Diabetes 101 talk to her classmates. I wanted to make it fun, interesting, and something they could understand. The last part I had a little trouble with.
When it comes to diabetes, Elise is "reading" at probably an 8th grade level. But I needed to explain type 1 in a way that a classroom full of 5 and 6 year old with NO diabetes knowledge would understand.
And I'm happy to say that it worked! I prepared a slide show on my iPad with a mix of pictures of Elise, and pictures that helped to illustrate diabetes.
I actually had to give the talk twice, because Elise is in a dual language program. So my first stop was the Spanish classroom. It was a little tricky stopping for translation, and it was hard to find a flow to the talk, but the kids really seemed to enjoy it. I ended my talk with Four Things I want you to Know About Type 1 Diabetes; one of those things being you can't catch diabetes by being Elise's friend, by hugging her or giving her a high five.
The best part was at the end of the talk when Elise and I stood up to leave, all the kids came forward and wanted to give Elise high fives and hugs. Seriously... HOW CUTE IS THAT???
Our next stop was her English classroom. The talk went much more smoothly this time and the kids loved all the personal pictures of Elise. We even got to show them a blood sugar check in action when the dex was showing Elise at 90, slightly down in the middle of our talk. Her BG was actually 95, so they got to see why Elise gets to eat Smarties in the classroom from time to time... something they were very curious about.
They even asked some great questions at the end; can she swim with her sensor and pump? If you can't catch diabetes from someone, how did Elise get it (Oy... try to answer THAT one on a Kindergartner level)? How does Elise sleep with her pump on?
At one point in my talk, I explained low blood sugars to them, and asked them if they could could be my special helpers. If they ever saw Elise acting silly (or sillier than normal), or if she fell down and didn't get back up, they needed to get an adult right away. I was happy to see they were really enthusiastic, and felt very important.
Since Elise will be with the same kids for the next 6 years, I most likely won't have to do The Talk again for awhile. Which makes me kind of sad... I really enjoyed it with my tiny teacher by my side.