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Re: [IPk] DLA



Thank you Di for bringing some sense to this
discussion!


--- Diana Maynard <email @ redacted> wrote:
> > The DSN once told me that a diabetic child adds
> around #20 per week to
> > the household food bill.
> 
> Now I'm curious. What food do you spend money on for
> Steven that you wouldn't 
> on a normal child? Of course, healthy eating can be
> more expensive, but 
> wouldn't you want a normal child to eat healthily
> too?
> 
> > I have a larger mobile phone bill so that I am
> contactable at all times
> > so that my son (for whom I also buy a mobile
> phone) can have a 'normal
> > life' e.g. go off with his friends, out for tea,
> etc. with peace of
> > mind.
> 
> So how often does he ring you with a serious DM
> related problem when he's 
> away from home? Just curious, that's all.
> 
> > Steven attends a hospital 50 miles away - what
> about my petrol? What
> > about the phone calls I make to the hospital for
> advice?
> 
> Well, that's fair enough, but there are zillions of
> children who have to 
> attend hospitals for various things, but they aren't
> entitled to DLA. I'd say 
> attending hospital is pretty much a normal expense
> of having a child....
> 
> > What about the unpredictability of the condition? 
> How do we know that
> > we won't be up in the night and not be able to
> function as well the next
> > day?  What about when a child is ill and their
> blood sugars are all over
> > the place and need more constant monitoring?
> 
> Well, that's my point. That's all very well, but it
> doesn't require extra 
> money, just extra time.
> 
> > Ps if anyone saw the bittersweet programme on
> channel 4 - just take a
> > look at how often that teenager was in hospital
> through lack of care  -
> > it's far less money to pay parents DLA than it is
> to hospitalise a
> > child!
> 
> But that teenager had serious mental problems.  Do
> you really think he would 
> have been in hospital any less if the parents had
> received DLA? And how do 
> you know they weren't receiving DLA anyway? I'm
> sorry, but I don't believe 
> for a second that any normal diabetic child would
> end up being hospitalised 
> because their parents weren't getting DLA and giving
> their child sufficient 
> care as a result. Of course, there are special cases
> - obviously there are 
> situtations where DLA is warranted.
> Di
>
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