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I have a new administrator (principal) that just started after Thaksgiving. I asked to talk to her last week about my diabetes, and the fact that I often struggles with lows and an urgency to use the restroom. She told me that was my problem and to talk to my doctor. Any suggestions how to "tactfully" respond?

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Sounds like some administrators I have had in the past.     You might give her a short list of things that are medical concerns, perhaps a piece of lit from your diabetes educator.    Give it to her with the brief statement that you are working to stay healthy, but there are some concerns due to chronic illness and you want her to be informed.   Follow it up with an email to document that you have done this, or send the info that way.      Friendly, brief email.    Then if she has the same response, contact the professional organization.    The legal department should be able to guide you from there. You will be able to prove you tried to educate her in a friendly way, should you need to.    Hope it doesn't come to that!

Work overseas. Spent 10 years in a supportive school. Moved to new country this year - to a self serving school. Diagnosed 2 weeks before moving half way aroung the world - well a third of the way but the other direction. Started insuline 2 weeks before starting new job. Had 3 principals by Xmas when we also finally got an AP. Told all of them about my new condition and my concerns. By the 3rd principal was barely surviving. Told Principal, one week later was sitting with AP being told I was being written up for deficiencies for EXACTLY the same things I had talked about needing help with. Told AP I was late eating and needed to eat before our meeting. He kept yelling and telling me he was going to write me up for insubordination. Dropped way low and could only think if I passed out and died he would write me up for that as well - it was funny in my delerium. Son came in after class and convinced me to check blood, made me eat glucose and went and got me some bread. I was able to drive home about an hour later.

Short story... Union filed a grievance. Union attorney contacted me and told me to additionally invoke the Americans with Disabilities Act through the district. As if more paperwork was what I needed. Finally got it all done. No one has contacted me about anything. Nor has either Admin spoken to me or made eye contact since. Will be getting another new principal next year. Dr. wrote a scathing letter - after all this my A1C went from 6.4 to high 7s and having trouble getting BG to stay under 200 - my goal is 120-150 - Dr goal is 100-120. LOL! Still trying to get an "official" translation but filed anyway. Nobody wants to deal with medical documents even when I tell them it is legal not medical.

TELL YOUR ADMIN and UNION REP STRAIGHT UP and DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT - cause you don't have enough else on our plate : ) Dr. and attorney are p***ed and ready for battle if it comes to it. I just want to learn how to manage my new body and do my job and have somebody say what can I do to help when I show up in the office crying saying I'm barely surviving. At least I have a foundation if I need to be protected. I still feel like I am at day 1 with my health. Feel like work has to come first so I don't get fired. This really sucks.




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