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RE: [IPk] Re: Today's Dilemma

On being 'caught out' for eating:

When I was an undergraduate, I made sure that at least one other student in 
each of my classes was aware that I had diabetes. I would show her (I was at 
a women's college) my blood sugar meter, my Medic-Alert bracelet, where my 
pump went in, explain the workings of the pump, and give her a few lines to 
say on my behalf just in case something went wrong and I couldn't speak for 
myself. I told some of my professors but not all of them. I went to see 
certain instructors in their offices after class when I'd needed to eat 
something or excuse myself and the 'untold' prof. had been unimpressed by my 
behaviour, which he or she had taken as disrespect.

When I said, 'I have diabetes and my blood sugar got quite low during class. 
I might well have passed out if I hadn't left. I figured passing out would 
have been a bigger disruption than my leaving for three minutes', none of 
them could argue that I should have sat tight and waited for the class to 
adjourn. A couple of times I was even congratulated: 'I never would have 
known you were diabetic from looking at you--how do you stay so well?' That 
line gave me a chance to explain current theories and techniques of 
self-management, which made me look super-conscientious: not only did I do 
good work, but I did it in circumstances that few others faced and I seemed 
to know what I was talking about to boot.

In another few instances, when I have been challenged (outside of academic 
contexts) for needing to carry my kit or for having to leave a room for 
something sweet and a sit-down, I have said, 'Would you prefer for me to 
pass out, for paramedics to be summoned, and for you to be legally liable?' 
The mention of legal liability shuts most people up!

If a child's teachers are told that it will be on THEIR heads if a child 
with diabetes is not allowed access to necessary treatment--perhaps a 
comparison with a child needing his/her asthma inhaler would help--I should 
think that would give them some pause. If Danielle had to go to from school 
to the hospital because a particular teacher didn't let her do what she 
needed to, I would hope he or she would feel personally terrible and be 
subjected to professional discipline.

Incidentally, does anyone know if SENDA has anything to say about diabetes? 
I have been meaning to look into it.

IDDM 10 years; MiniMed pumper 6+ years
Co-ordinator, Oxford University Student Union Diabetes Network

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