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Re: [IPp] Pumping at School - need to assess how he feels!

I am having a difficult time understanding what a "college student" can
offer your son in the way of "helping" him with his self esteem.  What is
her training, specifically with children who have diabetes?  You are his
mother, if you think he  is well adjusted even if somedays he talks about it
and some days he doesn't then I would insist that the "college student" not
meddle in his life.  On the other hand, if you feel he has some "issues"
then you can find him a qualified therapist that works with children who
have diabetes and not trust something like that to an untrained college
student.  Maryann Crawford
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Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 3:40 PM
Subject: [IPp] Pumping at School - need to assess how he feels!

> Hello everyone!  My son, Jesse, age 6, has had diabetes since age 3, and
> been pumping since February 22nd! (another date to log that really stinks
> when you think about it.)  Thanks to parents who told me to stick with it
> two weeks and we would get through!  It was true and very worth it.
> Here's my problem:  the school nurses at Jesse's school are supportive and
> great.  A college student has been following Jesse's day at school for her
> own benefit, but also the hope being that we could get something out of it
> well.  Today she called and said she wants to work on his self-esteem
> I think is absolutely fine) and also work with him on his perception of
> the other kids think he is different, etc.  For example, when he is
> in the nurse's office and another student walks in and asks what he is
> he will say he doesn't want to talk about it, leave me alone...  He has
> recently started saying to me when I am talking to other adults about his
> diabetes "oh, stop talking about that".
> I am torn.  First, I don't think the students in his class pick on him (he
> couldn't come up with one incident of being teased) and in fact I think
> all think he is very cool especially since getting that high-tech pump!  I
> tell him to just answer the question by simply saying, "I go to the nurse
> test my blood sugar...it's my pump...I need it to get insulin."  He is
> popular at school.  The students look out for him when he is low
> when there is a substitute teacher).  I find that if it is talked about
> matter-of-fact and the parents are educated to some degree, it goes just
> fine.
> So, does anyone think he possibly LIKES the power of telling other kids
> none of their business and then all the adults say, "Yeah, leave him
> Do you see what I'm saying?  I don't think diabetes gives him any excuse
> be rude.  I think he is a well-adjusted kid that's liking a little bit of
> control.
> Advice?  What about you guys at school?
> Michelle Alswager
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