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Re: [IPp] I have to vent!
You absolutely are not overreacting. The teacher is underreacting. Let's
just forgot for a minute the negative effects this can have on a student
academically and personally (although those are certainly valid points) and
focus on the life threatening consequences of low bg. What might have
happened that day if he had had to go to the nurse's office to test? Not
only does my son test in the classroom, he has access to juice without the
nurse (or in our case, clinic aide - we have no nurse). His teacher is more
than willing to help him whenever he needs it. Checking bgs and treating is
part of life for people with diabetes. To say that it is disruptive is like
saying that going to the bathroom is disruptive and yet as far as I know
every single human on the planet some how fits that disruptive behavior into
their day. You have a 504 and it is not open to the teacher's
interpretation or comfort level. It is not the teacher's right to choose
how to manage your child's life-threatening illness. I would call a meeting
with the teacher, nurse and principal. I would try to find an advocate to
attend with you and I would ask the endo to call in an explain how your son
is to manage his diabetes.
Explain to her that a seizure would be far more disruptive than testing and
drinking juice. Ask her if she knows the meaning of the word 'compassion?'
Stories like this make me glad I fought so hard with the principal last year
to select my son's teacher. Now I know I did the right thing.
Go get 'em!
----- Original Message -----
From: "jftroop" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 11:38 PM
Subject: [IPp] I have to vent!
> Hey Everybody,
> Well, three weeks ago today, we drafted Jeffrey's 504 plan. It had not
> signed because I said I wanted there to be a backup plan should Jeffrey
> severe low and need Glucagon and the Nurse was out. Apparently the state
> Alabama has mandated that no one be allowed to do any kind of invasive
> procedure if they are not a nurse. So they have been messing around with
> figuring out how to get around that law. To recap, my son Jeffrey,7, was
> sent to the nurse four times a day with a "buddy" from his class,
> the nurse was in another building, but even in his building it is quite a
> walk. A few times he showed up with a bloodsugar under 50. (Unacceptable,
> So, when we had the 504 meeting, I said that I wanted him tested in the
> classroom and everyone agreed, even the TEACHER.
> Friday, Jeffrey told his teacher that he felt low after pe and she called
> the nurse. Well, folks, his bs was 32!!! We have had seizures at 27. So
> nurse came and they were able to get him to drink juice and everything was
> fine. Then, Sat, Jeffrey's teacher came by and told my husband that she
> wanted to talk to us together, I was out and she didn't tell him anything.
> I called her tonight and she LIT into me, telling me that testing in the
> was not working, it was completely disruptive to the other students, and
> was not ok with it at all, and after all that happened on Friday, she
> was not ok with it. I said, well I am sorry you feel that way but
> of where Jeffrey is tested, if he has a low, he WILL NOT leave that room,
> nurse will come to him. Then she said that she did not feel that him
> that many times was hurting him academically and I said, well maybe not,
> it is hurting him personally because he does feel different. So then
> basically she hung up on me she just said thank, and hung up. Am I
> overreacting??????? I am going up there first thing in the am and my
> is coming with me this time, he has let me handle it up to now, but now he
> had it too. Sorry this is so long, I just had to vent to someone. Thanks
> A very ANGRY, Laura, mom to Eryn,9, Jeffrey,7, dx 5/00, and Mary Glenn, 4.
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