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[IP] kids at school protocol


Congratulations on your son's upcoming pumping.  It made a large
improvement in Amelia's overall attitude and gave her and our family our
lives and freedom back!   Amelia will be 10 in July but started pumping
in 2nd grade at age 7 1/2. I only camped out at school for one day. 
Amelia tested frequently the first week, and her teacher tried to help
her remember the extra tests.  With so many children and so much to do,
it was difficult for the teacher to remember!  We packed home lunches,
and I put a note in with the lunch instructing Amelia as to how much to
bolus.  We had a few missed boluses at first, she wouldn't feel good,
would call me and we would review the bolus history from her pump and
then correct.  I carry a cell phone at all times so she can reach me as
needed.  Once she got used to her pump, I would say within a few weeks,
she got better about remembering boluses and she rarely forgets now. She
figures carbs for u! nexpected school snacks and birthday treats, or
school lunches that have changed from the menu.  She is very independent,
and I believe she is because that is how it has been from the very
beginning.  I think it is just too much class time missed to have to call
and check boluses on every meal or snack.  I guess it depends on your
son's maturity level and sense of responsibility, but I think at even age
7 1/2, Amelia handled the responsibility very well.  Just my
thoughts....good luck!


Mom to Amelia, Age 9 1/2, D 1/00, P 12/00 and Amanda, 15, Wife to Torr
for 16 1/2 years!
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 08:32:56 -0800
From: "Fayeron Morrison" <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] kids at school protocol

Hi.  My son will start the pump on 4/7.  The first week I am planning to
camp out at school.  The second week is spring break.  So my issue is
the 3rd week that he is back to school.  I am thinking that by that time
he will either have the bolusing mastered or not.  Not the carb counting
but the mechanics of the pump.  Assuming that he has this gadjet wired,
my thought was that he would call or I would give h! im the bolus amount
and then he would do it at school.  The school, however, has a rule that
he must call, get the amount, hand the phone to an adult who confirms
the amount, then Alex puts the bolus in, the adult confirms, then Alex
presses ACT, then the adult watches the bolus complete the cycle.  Alex
is 10 and very responsible and this seems very cumbersome (the
corresponding forms that must be completed to document each of the above
steps are also cumbersome).  I'm wondering what other people do for
somewhat independent kids that works for them?  My huge concern is that
Alex does everything in the classroom right now and I'm worried that if
this is not easy for the teacher she may say she can't have him doing
this in the classroom and he'll have to go the (vacant) nurses office.
Thanks for your help.

mom to Alex (10, dx'd 8/01), Zack (10), Josh (4), wife to Bob for 15



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