Iíll try not to make this a long story, but I do want to give you some background. My daughter was diagnosed last January. So once she went back to school, we just followed the advise of the nurse there. She was on MDI and had tons of lows. Repeated lows triggered migraines. She spent tons of time in the nurseís office. Honestly, this was so new and overwhelming I just followed their protocol already in place.
This summer she went on the pump. It made a huge difference. Her control is way better. Thatís not to say she doesnít still have lows and highs, they just arenít as frequent. And her migraines are gone. She attends a Catholic school and is in the 8th grade. The nurses are provided by the public school system in the township. Right before school started I had a meeting with all her teachers and the office staff. None of the nurses attended as the township schools started a week after us and they did not have to report to work. As it is, one nurse is only in the building about 3 hours a day. The office staff is wonderful and well trained. (Last year my daughter was one of 5 diabetic students, this year she is one of 3.) Anyhow, during this meeting, all the teachers said they were completely comfortable with her testing her blood and treating lows in the classroom without going to the nurse. My main concern was her missing class work while sitting in the nurses office. Everything I asked for, they gave me. They have been absolutely wonderful and supportive. So have 2 of the nurses.
The head nurse came into school for the first time on Monday and absolutely will not allow my daughter to check in her classroom. She has left messages for the teachers and the other two nurses that it is no longer allowed. She states township rules about blood and sharps. I had two long conversations with her and she will not relent. The school principal said we have to go along with what she says as they donít want to loose their funding from the township. So now itís time for me to do a 504 plan. One of the momís gave me a copy of hers from last year. Her daughter has graduated and no longer there, but she did have permission to test in class! So Iím basically going to fine tune hers to fit our needs. So all I have to do is to list my daughter's needs, have it approved by the endo, the principal, and us parents? It looks too simple. I feel like I must be missing something? I went back through the posts about others doing 504ís and one of the momís has one posted. Itís almost identical to the one loaned to me. Once I have all the signatures, that over-rides township policy?
Iím motivated to get this done quickly. Today after gym class she felt low, so she had to walk to the nurses office to check (complete opposite ends of the building) and she was 31!!!
Sorry this is so long! Thanks in advance for any advise.