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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Sub Driver Nirvana

Scott Benner

Six months before Arden began her school career - that’s when I first approached the staff at Arden’s school to discuss her diabetes care.  Many though that I was too early but I knew how much information was going to have to change hands and I knew it wasn’t going to be a quick process.  I also knew that I had a lot to do, like make the buses safer for kidswith needs.


Much has been finalized since that summer and Arden is now in first grade.  There was however one lingering issue,  substitute bus drivers were to be informed of Arden’s type I, given a fact sheet about her and then offered the opportunity to switch routes if they felt uncomfortable driving her.  Sadly, every time Arden has had a sub driver, the driver never knows she has type I - until yesterday!


I was so excited when the door to the bus opened and I asked my stock question, “were you told about her?” - they always look back blankly and say, “no” but not yesterday...

The driver nodded and said, “yea, she has type I diabetes, I saw the sheet - were good”.


I felt like I won the olympics or the lottery or something - it was just the coolest feeling!  The coolest feeling that is up until I got a phone call saying that Arden had been on television the night before...