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Re: [IP] Re: Types of Diabetes

Our school nurse is an employee of the Health Department and not the school
district.  She is only at the school occasionally for meetings.  My son has
a 504 that clearly states his needs.  There are 3 people in the school who
have been trained to give glucagon.  We have everything in place.  Still the
principal and the clinic aide do not get it.  If it were not for the teacher
I would not send my son to that school because even though the principal has
been trained about diabetes he already "knows" everything.  Doesn't matter
what I or anyone else says to him.  I have gone to his superiors.  This is
how I won the ugly fight to be able to select my son's teacher.  I could
push to get the principal fired, but I don't choose to spend my life on
this.  And I certainly don't want my children to have to carry that burden.
Also there is no guarantee that the new administration won't be just as bad.
What matters to me is that my son is safe.  I have made sure my son is safe
by choosing the teacher.  This teacher has gone through the county diabetes
training, has taken it upon himself to learn a great deal about diabetes,
and is willing to make sure that my son is safe while in school.  I realize
that not all parents are able to fight all the fights necessary to keep
their children safe.  As a member of the board of directors for my local
JDRF chapter, I have had occasion to meet many such people.  The whole point
of the post is that it is not only annoying, but can be downright dangerous
that there are so many people who are ignorant about diabetes.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sylvia Staten" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 6:21 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: Types of Diabetes

> Marisa,
>   You say that the health aid and principle don't think your son needs
> insulin .  Is this a public school he is attending???  If so, where is the
> school RN in all of this?  Even if she is only there one day a week, like
> our's is, she is still incharge of the aide.  And she would/should have
> influence over the principle when it comes to medical matters for the
> students.
> How about the school board?  Have you ever contacted them about the
> principle and his attitude and the potential harm that this person is
> to your son?  These are serious issued.  Here in WA state we even have new
> laws that now allow us to have a designated adult at the school that will
> trained by a CDE and will even be allowed to do glucagon injections if
> needed!!!  This is brand new and we are in the process of getting the
> letters drawn up and get our adult in place.  No one BUT the parents are
> allowed to choose the adult.  So it is not a decision that the RN or the
> principal can make.
>     As for the prinicpal running away with his tail between his
> That is what ours finally did when we had our show-down a few years back.
> Now he literally side-steps when he sees me coming.  And they all know
> they don't mess with this 'mama bear'!!!!!
> Good Luck!
> Sylvia
> mom to Joshua
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