I saw a mom asking for advice on an issue that happened in school and one response stated that she should ‘march right down’ to the school and demand to be heard.
It’s very easy to tell someone that some serious kicking of butt is in order when one is not in the wake of living in that situation moving forward. How serious was the issue and how does it compare to the famous(infamous) story of the pump and the cell phone. Know that one?
Well it turns out that years ago (2005 I believe) a substitute teacher at a school heard a beeping from a child’s insulin pump and told the student that cell phones were not allowed in school. When the disbelieving school official was told it was not a phone, he continued to reach to the child’s belt and ‘ripped’ the insulin pump off the child. Talk about a story that defined horror.
Even though the story happened years ago, it still makes us cringe, doesn’t it? It should.
I share that horrendous story because THAT has always been my barometer for ‘marching anywhere’ when it comes to diabetes at school when I THINK that something wrong had occurred. When my first reaction is to ‘go crazy’, thinking of this story always reminded me to ‘pull it back’. Ask yourself, “How bad is the issue…..really?”
To be clear. When things occur, they should be corrected and there are certainly different levels of frustration when they do occur. But you have a long, long time to be in a relationship at school and friction plus friction will always equal heat. Heated discussions are no good for anyone.
Again, issues will arise and they need the proper attention but the attention you give can be just as much firm AND respectful as anything else. We forget that school officials are people with issues just like us. This does not excuse ANYthing, but rather, just something to remember.
And if they have not ‘ripped your child’s insulin pump off’—-perhaps the issue can be resolved in a discussion. May not be such a bad thought to consider when dealing with any mistake someone makes with your child’s diabetes. We have enough to make our blood pressure rise with the mistakes we make ourselves.
Food for thought.
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