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Re: [IPk] Re:Schools!!!!

It's always a tragedy when anyone with diabetes faces discrimination, but
particularly so when they are still at school, where they learn to believe
they are different and can't be the same as everyone else. I haven't been
through that,  but I do have something to offer.

The Diabetes Federation of Ireland made a great video in 2000, designed to
give school staff an idea about diabetes in kids. It isn't comprehensive but
is very informative. It won an award from the International Diabetes
Federation. All schools here now have it, and anyone experiencing trouble at
school, can order a copy and plonk it on the principal's desk! Just call the
DFI at + 353 1 836 3022, or e-mail email @ redacted for details. I don't
know about the cost, but would expect it to be nominal.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Duncan Barnes" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 8:35 PM
Subject: [IPk] Re:Schools!!!!

> Barbara,
> When I was first diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 7 I had a lot of
> and lows and had some quite erratic mood swings which the school failed to
> notice as signs that my blood sugar was high/low. This concluded with me
> suspended in the end as a result of a high blood sugar and the inevitable
> swing. In the end my Diabetic Nurse came into the school and gave the
> and some of my class mates a lesson about diabetes, its symptoms and how
> help. Further to that a notice was put in the Staff room making all
> aware of the diabetics in the school (by this point another had just
> Any supply teachers that came in were informed of the problem by the
> Headmaster and what to do if there was a problem.
> The best thing for her to do would be to get the Diabetes Team involved
> persuade them to have a word with the school.
> Duncan
> On Wed, 19 Jun 2002 email @ redacted wrote:
> -----------------------------------------------------
> Subject: [IPk] Schools!!!!
> Hello everyone
> To get back to schools again, I have been talking to a lady this afternoon
> who I met at Danielle's clinic (the diabetes nurse got her daughter to
> to mine while they were colouring in).  I met her a while ago and it
> to me today that she probably doesn't even know what a pump is so I rang
>  I told her all about the pump and she is going to ring me in a couple of
> weeks to see how our trial is going (if we get that far because I still
> haven't heard from the Minimed nurse for an appointment).  This is what
> told me:-
> Her daughter (aged 8) has a teacher who has had the meeting with the
> nurse and read the information provided.  All was going well until, by
> chance, the mum called into school and found a stranger teaching the class
> her daughter was in!  She asked "Do you know my daughter is diabetic?" and
> the lady replied "Well, not until the children told me".  Well you can
> imagine how she felt.  For the rest of the week, the child was kept off
> school because the supply teacher was in for the rest of the week and she
> admitted that she had not any of the leaflets that had been left in the
> classroom about the child's diabetes.
> This had a knock-on effect on the child so much so that she decided she
> didn't want to go back to school in case she was poorly and nobody could
> her.  Her mum went back to the school to see the head teacher (who was a
> head mistress and was not too pleasant to the mum).   She asked "Will you
> give me permission to keep my child off school until her usual teacher
> returns?" and she said "No, I do not see that that is a good enough reason
> for absence" so she said "Well, this teacher knows nothing about her
> diabetes" and the head mistress said "Well your child kicked up a fuss the
> other day and said that she did not want to be at this school any more so
> told her that we do not want children with that sort of behaviour at our
> school anyway".
> I was very shocked by this.  The child obviously feels uncomfortable and
> insecure doesn't she?  Also, it has been said that erratic blood sugars
> cause mood swings.  What is this woman to do?
> Barbara
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