Stephanie, that is so awesome that you are offering to take a student, I’m assuming on a field trip, without requiring the parent to attend. Not once would a teacher agree to learn what they need to know for any field trips on our end. I have had to attend every single one, or they wouldn’t let him go (didn’t want the responsibility). Truly, you are doing something much more special than you know. It’s allowing the student to not “stand out” by having Mommy there and also let them feel like they are having fun with friends rather than Mom watching over 24/7. I did put my foot down once where I couldn’t go and told them that he was going. Ended up the extra school nurse went on the trip as a chaperone.
Poly, definitely let her take time to learn and see what the pump is. Joey was 4 years old and his numbers were so out of control (just the way his body was handling it) that after being on 5 shots a day and his current Endro kept telling me we have to be more strict (if you knew me, I’m a rule follower and the strictest of them all and did everything right) we ended up going to a much more cutting edge, very active in the diabetes world doctor, who on our first visit said “his body is not handling this well, so we have to get more aggressive. I’m putting him on the pump.” When we told him the other doctor told us he was too young, he said hogwash, each body is different and you have to listen to each individual differently. So, here’s this little guy, in the class with 5 other adults learning how to insert the pump needle, with him getting it right the first time and all the adults having to try a couple of times to get it right!
Enjoy your Disney trip. A couple of suggestions…there is a cooler out there that is compact and convenient for keeping insulin cool by Frio: http://www.frioinsulincoolingcase.com/
If you are taking a plane, have a note from the doctor that he requires for you to have juice with you. I sat there arguing with TSA because they were going to make me throw out Joeys juice boxes. I refused, telling them it’s a part of his medical requirements, and those items (insulin, syringes and sugar) stay with him in a carry on. That note would have made it a lot easier.
You probably already know this, but always have a snack with you at all times in the park. Joey was a teenager and at the end of the evening at Epcot, he got low and all the kiosks with food were shut down. We did finally find some cotton candy in the merchandise store right before you leave, but he got so low so fast, that he couldn’t stand to give up his seat when the bus was so full. Still have engrained in my head all the women glaring at him because a teenager was taking a seat. He felt so bad and even commented that he’ll try to stand. That’s why I’m always so adamant to everyone when they complain, that not everyone is rude There are reasons!
Anyways, your daughter (and you) will totally enjoy Disney. You’ve already won half the battle, and that’s accepting that it’s going to be a little different. Each trip you take, you’ll learn more and more what works. So, you’ll come to accept that this is just how life is. No scarlet letter on her, just a little different procedure than what others have to do, and that’s okay.