Last fall, Anna Scott’s 13-year-old daughter was so ill, she had to take a flight-for-life to Children’s Hospital in Denver. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Scott said her family was still learning how to manage the disease when the pandemic hit.
Over the winter, her daughter only attended school two or three days a week, because of her health.
Scott said her daughter’s transition to virtual learning when schools closed in the spring was somewhat easier because of her experience doing so much work from home already. It helped that, during the stay-at-home order, other children were doing it too.
“Her friends couldn’t relate to her diabetes,” Scott said. “That's been a struggle for her, but they could all relate to being at home and online school.”
“She is still going through some grieving of being home, but ironically, her mental health kind of improved because she wasn’t doing it alone.”
“It’s been really hard for us as parents,” Scott said. “Maybe a little less hard for her in some ways.”