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Comment by Hockey Mom on August 26, 2011 at 12:12pm
My son is older but in our Texas public school district we were required to supply a new Glucagon kit each school year. The nurse showed me how it has his Name in big letters in black Sharpie for quick reference and is kept with other emergency type items (inhalers, epi pens, etc) by the door of the Nurses offce in a small red duffle bag. If they get a call from a teacher about a child with an emergency situation, one of the Nurses grabs the bag and runs for the room while one of the other Nurses calls 911 and directs the emergency personnel. It's a large high school so while they can arrive in under 3 minutes, it may take longer to actually find the child's location on campus.

My son actually still has pretty good awareness of low BG so we have not had to use it but it is good to know it is there and that they have been trained on how to use it. They also have juice, cookies, etc to treat lows in the Nurse's office and the Athletic Office. He is allowed to leave class but they will call the Nurse to make sure he arrives or have another student go with him. Afater two years, I have just gotten comfortable with his diabetes, his ability to handle things and the high school situation and now he is a senior and is looking at going away 5 hours to college. I don't think the worry ever will end.

My cousin teaches second grade and one of her students is diabetic with a CGM. She says that has helped a lot. Before the student got it she was always having the child check BG if anything was wrong and then felt guilty if that was not the problem. It will take a lot of the guesswork out of it.
Comment by dawn100670 on August 26, 2011 at 7:18am
Jessica,

My son has attended a private school without a nurse since he was diagnosed. However, he was diagnosed at an older age (almost 8), and he started testing his own blood right away. We had only 4 teachers for K-8, so all the teachers learned how to give him shots, and what to watch for when he was out on the playground. They also learned how to test his blood, in case he was unable to do it himself due to a low. I went to school at lunch time every day until his immediate teacher felt comfortable with dosing Jonathon according to a sliding scale. We used a pen, so we didn't have any worries about measuring up the wrong amount of insulin.

When I wrote up Jonathon's d-plan, I put in everything about day-to-day care, and all the info about his pump and insulin, should the need arise to call for emergency help. I also made laminated cards (1/2 sheet of paper) that gave detailed instructions on testing his blood on one side, and blood sugar ranges with correction instructions on the other. EVERYTHING had my name and cell phone/work numbers listed, particularly in case we had a substitute teacher. Jonathon was later diagnosed with epilepsy as well, so his medical plan became even more detailed.

One other thing we did was write up a waiver stating that we would not hold the school or the teachers personally responsible for problems or errors that may arise during Jonathon's care, as long as they were following the medical care plan to the best of their ability (e.g., if they overdosed his insulin in error, we promised that we wouldn't sue for damages). However, if they knowingly took actions that caused harm, all deals were off (e.g., preventing Jonathon from treating a low). It just let the teachers know that we weren't looking to place blame for mistakes, or looking for an opportunity to sue and make money for a mistake that we could have (and probably already had) made.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
Comment by Jessica05 on August 26, 2011 at 6:39am
BlessedMom, thanks for the below. It really helps to get ideas from other Moms. My daughter dosnt check her BG yet, she's 5 and doesn't show a lot of interest at this point. Hope you have a wonderful school year!
Comment by Jessica05 on August 26, 2011 at 6:37am
Ok, thanks Lorraine. I am going to look at my documents with a fresh eye this morning. Hope you all have an awesome school year!
Comment by Lorraine on August 26, 2011 at 5:18am
I think the ADA takes the position of asking for everything you want (that is reasonable of course) and let them tell you "no". As long as you present it in a reasonable way, I still think you should be able to ask for whatever you think is necessary and negotiate from there.
Comment by Jessica05 on August 26, 2011 at 4:43am
Hi Lorraine,
No, they don't get any funding from the state. They are very willing to work with me, but I guess because they are private, I am a little more hesitant to make too many demands. Some of the 504plans are very detailed and need to be, but since I will be her nurse, I am wondering if I should cut out some of the details...
Comment by BlessedMom on August 26, 2011 at 4:41am
Jessica05,
We do have a nurse at my daughter's school but I have had to go up and sit for a few hours when she had to take her daughter to the Dr. My daughter also has a CGM. I can just tell you what I do in hopes that it will help you prepare for the school day.
First I plan her lunch the night before and write down the carbs.
Second I stick with a breakfast I know will not send her BS out of control during the day. (She gets frustrated about this sometimes but it cuts back on the amount of instruction time she loses going to the nurse)
Now, since YOU will be her nurse, maybe you can get a cell phone line designated just for her care. When the school needs to contact you they can call that line.
I too am only 5 minutes away and this has been helpful.
Does your daughter know how to check her own blood sugar? I know she has a CGM but if she knows how to check her own BS then you could advise over the phone instead of having to go to the school all the time.
The first week you may want to just take a book and stay up there for a bit until you both get an idea of how most of her days will go.
My daughter has a low box in the Nurses office, her classroom, the gym and in her backpack. This is helpful to know she has what she needs close by.
Another good idea is to be sure ALL of your daughters teachers are educated on the importance of her BS and not hinder her if she has to get up quickly to get a juice.
My daughter had a teacher that did not realize the danger of a low BS (My daughter also has photosensitive epilepsy and usually has seizures with her lows) and told her to wait to go see the nurse because they were in the middle of an assignment :0
Our nurse drew up a plan of procedures to follow for all caregivers/teachers to read over and sign stating they understand what needs to be done in the event of an extreme low or high.
I will try to scan it and post it so you can see it or I can send you a private message. with the info. Good luck!! :)
Comment by Lorraine on August 26, 2011 at 4:28am
Hi Jessica - Does the school get any type of funding from the public school district - like for buses or perhaps a subsidy for the cafeteria?
Comment by Jessica05 on August 25, 2011 at 9:11pm
Hi, Everyone~
I am working on my daughter's D-plan for school in a few weeks. She will be attending a private school without a nurse. I will be her Nurse, checking her at snack time, lunchtime and for any emergencies. We are 5 minutes away and she wears a CGM, so I am hoping we can pull this off.
My question is: I'm making up a plan of action based on 504 template, much of which the principal has already agreed to in our dialogue back and forth. I like the action plan in that it spells everything out in every situation, but I am wondering if it's too much info considering I will be responsible for her care and all. I'm not sure they would have to sign it given they're a private school and all.
Does anyone have experience with this and private schools and if so, could you give me any words of wisdom? Thanks!
Comment by Nancy Hallock on August 20, 2011 at 1:30pm
I am having serious troubles with my 10 year old son's eating and blood sugar numbers. He was diagnosed at 3 which at the time was a lot easier than now. Especially when he's at home, he wanders to the kitchen and eats things and "forgets" to give himself insulin. I literally have gotten to the point where I feel I need to lock the refrigerator and cabinets at home or follow him around every minute of the day. He is not taking his diabetes seriously - the endocrinologist has spoken to him several times and it seems like he's blatantly rebelling. He has mentioned that he hates having diabetes and is embarrassed. I can't find any good support groups where I live for his age group so he can discuss these issues and be motivated to take better care of himself. Any suggestions besides locking up the food?
 

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