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Re: [IPp] BG testing and a response



Gee wiz, why can't this just be easy?  Why does it have to be so hard to 
convince a school to just let a kid test their sugars quietly at their desk, 
especially since ALL the waste will be brought home to disposed of properly, 
not even in the school waste basket.
  I am so CONFUSED!
Thank you, Cindy


>From: "Patrick G. Jobe" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IPp] BG testing and a response
>Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 08:34:19 -0400
>
> > 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
>
>You might want to reconsider. I think Mike Swaithes may just be kidding 
>you.
>I highly doubt the scholl is much concerned about blood that goes in the
>test strips. They are probably more concerned sources of blood 
>contamination
>and once you start pricking fingers there is blood in a number of other
>place rather than the strips (wipes, drips, smears, etc.) Furthermore if 
>you
>want to bamboozle someone with numbers watch out because they may respond
>with a similar calculation showing how may pathogens (a lot) could be in
>that one sixteenth ounce of blood.
>
>Pat
> >
> >
> > >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
> > >pencil.
> > >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
> > >that
> > >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
> > >some
> > >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
> > >Mike
> > >
> > >-----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
> > >in
> > > >the classroom.  You will be receiving a letter from The Children's
> > >Hospital
> > > >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
> > >frequent
> > > >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
> > >Act,
> > > >and her civil rights as an American.
> > > >  If Jessica's blood sugars are out of range, under 80 or over 240, I
> > >feel
> > > >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
> > >it
> > > >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
> > >protect
> > > >Jessica's rights.
> > > >  I will thank you in advance for your full support and entire
> > >cooperation
> > > >in this matter.
> > > >Sincerely,
> > > >Cynthia Lattimer
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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