Re: [IPk] Now a school problem!!
I too received what I guess is the same letter from Medtronic today. When
getting my pump I opted for the Paradigm because of its water tightness and
extra money was paid I think the difference between the 508 and the paradigm
is something like #2,200!! How can they market the paradigm being
waterproof when it appears it's not. Would it not have had to go through
tests before they claimed this water tightness?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Dysch" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2003 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Now a school problem!!
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> Hi Kayleigh,
> This doesn't sound right. It might cause more hassle, but what about
> basis for their statement that they can't do anything legally?
> Sam takes a packed lunch and we add up everything in it, writing the
> bolus on a card that goes in his lunchbox. All that the school need to do
> make sure that he (a) eats everything and (b) does the bolus. If problems
> (very rarely) they phone us.
> Hope this helps. Our school are very supportive and really are an example
> others. Sam starts swimming with school next week and I was asked this
> to pop in and see the head to discuss this. We thought that swimming would
> be an issue, since Sam recently upgraded to the waterproof Paradigm pump.
> However, Medtronic have just announced that the Paradigm is no longer
> as waterproof following some recent problems (our recent pump failure
> have been one of these). That's another discussion subject, but I don't
> like going into that at the moment (: Now Sam will have to disconnect for
> swimming, but his teacher will look after the pump while he does this.
> Have a good weekend.
> Father of Sam, aged 9
> dx 7 years, pumping 2 years
> Message date : Sep 05 2003, 05:22 PM
> From : Kayleigh Grace
> To : email @ redacted
> Copy to :
> Subject : [IPk] Now a school problem!!
> Hi Everyone
> Can anyone help? We have just been to our 8 year olds school to be told
> that legally they cannot support her in school. They cannot carb count
> and they will not adjust her insulin. Basically we know that we do not
> have a leg to stand on but has anyone got any ideas of ways to get around
> this? So far we have written everything down that needs to be done eg the
> carbs for each food, as well as the insulin dose so they only have to add
> up what she has eaten and ask her to administrate it, we have been
> available all day to answer any queries and to talk them through any
> problems that have arisen. These incidentally have been - none on behalf
> of our daughter and 2 on behalf of the school (1. worrying about a low
> reading, it was 5 no problems, if they had listened or read the sheet we
> went over with the! m there would have been no problem one phone call and
> it was sorted. 2. The headmaster added carbs and got a different answer
> to us. Reassuring isnt it? Again no problems as far as we are concerned,
> hiccups will happen. They now want us to go in at break, lunch and any
> other time she needs to adjust or eat. I teach full time and my husband
> has commitments that simply make this impossible on a daily basis. We
> have fought so long and hard to get this pump that this just seems like
> another kick in the teeth by the government. We know that for the
> insurance sake that a teacher has to take responsibility for the care but
> what do we do if no-one will? Our hospital team are not having their
> pump training until October. (We are doing this without the
> hospitals support just Disetroni cs who are wonderful thanks Chris!!)
> The only alternative we can see is that she is educated at home. The way
> I feel right now is that if she went and mugged someone she would
> probably get help with her Diabetes management and a personal tutor.
> Thank you and Good night.
> Seriously, thanks for letting me vent but if anyone has similar
> experiences or any ideas to help please let us know.
> At the end of my rope and about to jump
> Kayleigh Grace - mum of Libby aged 8 diabetic 3.5years, pumping 6 weeks
> (and very healthy now!!)
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