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Re: [IPp] BG testing and a response

Thank you Mike,
  And this is why I sent that letter out there.  Do you mind if I take what 
you wrote and use it?
Thanks,  Cindy

>From: "Mike Swaithes" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPp] BG testing and a response
>Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 23:35:30 -0500
>Take this argument to your meeting.(a variation came from Tim on CWD)
>(The Blood)
>Our One-Touch Ultra uses 1 ul(micro-liters)of blood for each test and we
>test on average every 2 hours, so in a typical day there are usually 4
>tests, resulting in 4 ul of blood. There are 29,573.53 ul of blood in one
>ounce, in other words, based on a 184 day school year, it would 7393 school
>days or 40 years to generate enough blood to test a full ounce at school.
>Of course, if you use the Freestyle you use 1/3 the blood volume described
>above, so it would take 120 years to obtain a full ounce.
>How would this quantity of bodily fluids compare to say a bloody nose or a
>trashcan of used Kleenex?
>(The Sharps)
>If it's the sharps, well we use new one every morning and is not removed
>until she gets home after school, so there is no biohazard to dispose of.
>The lancet is far less dangerous than a new protractor or freshly sharpen
>Put another way, he tests about one sixteenth of an ounce of blood per year
>(180 days) of school.
>(The disruption of class)
>Do we need to get into the affects my daughter leaving the class has on the
>class, the other person (she can't go alone) and her. If it is proposed 
>she must leave to test, I am afraid that she will refrain from testing as
>needed, which could result in a rather severe emergency, not to mention 
>liability to the school district. And leaving the class with a classmate
>will result in two people missing classroom lessons. When she is low, she
>does not think rationally and should not be permitted to wander the halls.
>What information do you have in your 504 plan? You have to know your stuff
>and be ready for what they present. We like Lindsey testing anywhere she
>thinks she needs to, doesn't flaunt it, but doesn't really hide it either.
>The first few times the class all gathered around and watched, it was an
>educational time for teachers and students. NOW they all know what to look
>for and kind of help keep a watch on her.
>Good luck
>-----Original Message-----
>From: email @ redacted
>[mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Cindy Lattimer
>Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 2:59 PM
>To: email @ redacted; email @ redacted
>Subject: [IPp] Fwd: Testing blood sugars in the classroom
>Please tell me what you think of this letter that I e mailed to the iron
>wall of not testing blood sugars in the classroom.
> >From: "Cindy Lattimer" <email @ redacted>
> >To: email @ redacted
> >CC: email @ redacted
> >Subject: Testing blood sugars in the classroom
> >Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 15:45:20 -0400
> >
> >
> >Dear Mr. McCartney,
> >  I feel that it is in my daughter, Jessica Lattimer's, best interest for
> >her overall health and mental well being to check her blood sugar levels 
> >the classroom.  You will be receiving a letter from The Children's 
> >of Philadelphia supporting my decision in this matter.
> >  On the average day, Jessica will need to check her blood sugars before
> >lunch, 2 hours after lunch, before strenuous activities such as gym, and
> >after strenuous activities, before she goes home on the school bus, and
> >when she is not feeling well, grumpy, tired or sick.  This is more 
> >than last year because she is on insulin pump therapy now which requires
> >much tighter control.  Taking all this time out of the classroom does not
> >allow her to be normal.  Being forced to go out of the classroom to test
> >her blood sugars violates her rights under the Americans with Diabetes 
> >and her civil rights as an American.
> >  If Jessica's blood sugars are out of range, under 80 or over 240, I 
> >that she will need to go to the nurse, escorted by a responsible adult to
> >be treated accordingly with a plan already set up from CHOP and her 504
> >plan, however when her blood sugars are in range there is absolutely no
> >reason to make Jessica feel abnormal and force her to miss precious
> >classroom instruction time.  A plan can be worked out to make sure that 
> >does not disrupt classroom activities, and that waste is disposed of
> >properly.
> >  After speaking with doctors, both at CHOP and elsewhere, other parents,
> >both with diabetic children and without, and Jessica herself, I feel that
> >it is in her best interest to pursue this matter to its fullest to 
> >Jessica's rights.
> >  I will thank you in advance for your full support and entire 
> >in this matter.
> >Sincerely,
> >Cynthia Lattimer
> >
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