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Re: [IPk] school from hell (was DLA)

Hi Jackie,

Yes, it does seem like they need reminding that they may have a dead
child on their hands!  Or perhaps just reminding that it is their
responsibility to see that Sasha has a blood glucose at a 'learning-
enabled level' all the time she is supposed to be learning.  They
probably are not aware how lucky they are: they get delivered a child
each morning who has a monitor, and is gradually taking responsibility
for using it, who is becoming aware of hypos and hypers, even if she
does muddle them up sometimes.  The child has parents who always insure
that the morning injection was given and try to ensure that the usual
breakfast was eaten.

Parents of diabetics are caught between the desire to give their child a
'normal' childhood (rare birds, 'normal' childhoods), and giving them
what they need to become healthy (in all senses) adults.  They are
caught on the one hand between reassuring line that diabetes is not a
big issue, it's easy to deal with, that caring for one's diabetes really
is not that much different for caring for one's teeth, and on the other
hand the awful truth that the person with responsibility for diabetes
management (be that parent, teacher or, increasingly, child) is an
impossible task, needing near-constant awareness and attention, which
may have fatal consequences if it isn't done near-perfectly, and which
no sane human being would ever take on.

The first dilemma is easier: abnormal childhoods are the norm, not
normal ones.  The second is the impossibility we live with day to day.  

Best wishes,

dm 30+, 508 1+, bacon buttie just finished)
Pat Reynolds
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   "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years time" 
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