There is one school nurse for each school. Well actually she is the nurse for several different schools. She is rarely at the school that my kids go to. They have 2 aids that switch off weeks and come in and test Princess every day at 10:15. They have another diabetic boy in the 2nd grade that they test too. This has made my life much easier for more than one reason. I can't imagine going to the school every day at 10:15 to test her. Don't get me wrong, I would if I had to, but it has been very nice to have these ladies go in and test her. They are knowledgeable and already know what to do. In fact they are the only ones in the school that are trained to give insulin when needed. If they aren't there to test her the office staff can test and give a snack if she is low, but giving insulin and administering the glucagon is out of the question.
The thought of them not being there really stinks. It isn't only because I don't want to be there every day to test her, it is more than that. The office staff has way more things to do than to worrying about her well being. I am afraid that they would forget to test her when she needs to be and heaven forbid they give insulin wrong. The office staff isn't a trained medical professional and I don't feel that I should have to put my child's medical condition in their hands.
I keep thinking, when she is in school full time next year I will pretty much be spending my day at the school. Morning check 10:15, lunch 12:45, recess and gym in the afternoons. She is good at managing her diabetes herself, but I haven't taught her how to give herself insulin. She is only 5 it just seems too young for me.
I have been asked to write a letter to the school board to see if somehow I can stop them from cutting the aide's job. They also asked if I would be willing to go before the board and plead for them to not make the cut. (Why me?)
How do other schools handle this? What do I say? Options? Really I feel so lost with this. Not sure what to say or do.