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   Posted 3/27/2005 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I don't have diabetes but I know of a young girl who does. I am familiar with because I have Crohn's and hang out at the Crohn's message board. Anyways, this young girl is having problems with school and the school is not letting her leave in the middle of class to go the the nurses office to take her medicine if she needs it. Now I am familiar with a 504 form because school aged children with Crohn's can file one with the school should they have to leave in the middle of class to use the restroom. I was wondering if this form would be helpful for this young girl or if anyone here had a suggestion I could pass onto her. I did provide her with a link to this website so she could get questions answered. Any information would be helpful at all. It just doesn't seem right that the school can prohibit her from getting her medicine.

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   Posted 3/27/2005 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Diabetes is a very serious condition. I once had a problem w/ my employers about taking short mini breaks to eat a meal to bring my glucose up.

I got a not from my dr and gave it to the corp. nurse dept. Still my supervisor refused me, so i contacted the American with Disabilities group. After much discussion, i was given permission to take mini breaks to check my sugars and to take any actions necessary to control the situation.

If something happens to this girl on school property, then they would be held liable. Perhaps, your friend should talk to her dr or dietitian to get suggestions on how to handle this situation. Good luck.

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   Posted 3/28/2005 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I suggest her parents go to the school and talk to them about it. She should tell them they WILL let her go nurses office anytime she needs too, period. This can be a life threatening condition if they don't.
Trust me if it was my kid I would be there the next day if I ever heard this happening.
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   Posted 3/29/2005 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melinds, i completely agree with Pin Cushion. I have had Type 1 since i was a baby so I went through the school thing. In Elementary school my parents went in and talked to every single teacher, nurse, principal, secretary, anyone i would have contact with at school. They told them everything to know about diabetes, especially about low and high sugars. Once i got in to high school i did it myself. I only ever had one teacher in all those years that didn't listen, needless to say i had a low sugar reaction and had to go to the hospital! That never happened again! I think that knowledge is the most important thing.
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