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Re: [IPk] Bad treatment by school of new pump user

That is outrageous!  I won't even bother asking about what happens if she IS 
low and has to trek to another building.  Crying out loud!

Will these people NEVER learn!



>From: "Jackie Jacombs" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Bad treatment by school of new pump user
>Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 16:49:35 +0100
>Hi Jeanette
>I have a six year old who has had diabetes for two years.  I am on this 
>because I wanted to find out about pumping with a view to Sasha going on a
>pump in the future.  I totally sympathise with  what you and your son are
>going through regarding the schools attitude to his pumping.
>I have had problems with Sasha school and doing blood tests.   She has been
>unsettled this year.  It may be something to do with her being in a
>different class than her twin sister (non DM).  Anyway nearly everyday she
>is complaining of being dizzy (she gets being low and high confused) and 
>teacher would just give her biscuits or glucose tablets.  Then she was
>coming home with raised bg because she was probably not low, but high.
>Anyway this was happening more and more so we were having to go up to check
>all the time.  They won't do blood tests, so in the school holidays I have
>had to teach her to do her own blood tests.  Sometimes she does them ok
>sometimes it's not so good.  The school then said yes it would be OK if she
>does it at school in the classroom.  So I spent quite sometime typing out
>instructions as too what to do and what to give and when depending on the
>BGs.   Put everything in a spare lunch box labelled it up.  Then they
>changed their minds and she is to have someone watch her do the test but
>they cannot help her and now she can't do in the classroom she has to go to
>another building to do it!!   Which means more time out the classroom and
>more fuss.   Although we went in to school this week to teach the staff who
>are going to check Sasha's meter the teacher is still giving her glucose
>tablets etc without asking for a test.  I despair at ever getting things
>right.  She moves up to the junior school in Sept.  It is on a different
>site and run separately so we have to go all through this again.
>I am glad that he has found that the pump gives him a new outlook on DM.
>It must have been really frightening for you when your son went missing.   
>hope the school will now take things seriously and will  not treat him
>Best wishes to your son and I hope he keeps his positive attitude.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "MCQUILLIAM" <email @ redacted>
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Sent: 01 May 2001 23:22
>Subject: [IPk] Bad treatment by school of new pump user
> > My son is 12 years old and has been on the pump for 5 weeks now.  He 
> > best he has for years and feels great, he is thoroughly enjoying the
> > the pump has given him and the fact he can eat what he wants when he
> > He feels, he says like he has found a mini cure.  We are delighted for
>him- or
> > should be.  There is a downside to this fantastic pump - his school.  
> > have banned him from doing any form of physical activity, despite my
> > assurances and those of the DSN.  I have been to the school to see the
>Head of
> > Year on three occasions and been assured there is not now a problem and
> > my son will be allowed to do PE.  Each week for four weeks he has gone
>into PE
> > changed and been told, not diplomatically, that it is not safe for him 
> > PE with a canula in his stomach.
> >
> > The consequences of the above has been that my son didnt arrive at 
> > Friday and the police had to be called in along with numerous friends 
> > security guards searching for him.  WHY?  He has in his words been made 
> > feel like a freak and not normal any more and he couldnt stand everyone
> > looking at him as if he had something wrong with him.  How badly the
> > of a few people can impact another.  The school, hopefully, will begin 
> > change their minds now they have been made to realise the consequences 
> > their actions and how badly they have handled the whole situation - Lets
> > so for the next lucky child who gets to use this wonderful piece of
> > and they should enjoy the freedom from injections and strict regime
> > imposed on diabetics
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