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I have an 8 year old son who has type 1 diabetes and has had it for 5 years, I am very strict with what I send in his school lunches because I am so focused on keeping his sugar levels as regulated as possible but I got a note yesterday in Dylan's food journal (I send a food journal with the items in lunch one and there carb counts as well as lunch two) that we need to send him more carb free foods in his lunches, he gets two healthy carb items crackers and fruit and two carb free items in each lunch protein and veggies, so I am not sure what more they want but what ****** me off is they have the nerve to write me yesterday and complain about what I send him for lunches yet today they let my type 1 diabetic son skip his second lunch so they could feed him an ice cream sundae. I am so beyond mad I could scream and I am not sure how to handle this situation, I am not mad he got ice cream but I am mad I was not notify before hand so I could include that into his carb count and I am livid that they let him skip his entire second lunch to just eat ice cream and after writing me to tell me what I am sending him in his lunch is not healthy enough.
patience let's be realistic here, you won't drop two jean sizes in one day, you won't lose fifty pounds in one month, you're going to binge every now and then, you will go a day or two without working out, your weight is going to fluctuate here and there, you're going to try new techniques and they're not always going to work, you're a human being, you're going to fail from time to time but nothing great is ever accomplished without a few obstacles, JUST KEEP GOING.
That is infuriating! How dare they complain about a healthy lunch that they let him skip in favour of an ice cream sundae!
I don't know if you follow Yoni Freedhoff's blog, but he has this amazing running feature called "Parental No" - it's all about the crap food that is pushed on kids during all their waking hours and how it's just about impossible for parents to "just say no" (as the junk food industry claims we can). He documents how all sorts of places - schools, recreation centres, sports leagues, etc. - push tons of crap on our kids.
Here are all his posts with the "Parental No" tag - I'm thinking you'll find it equally interesting AND infuriating!
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Just awful - I would go and talk with the teacher and then the principal and ask for a meeting. This is totally unacceptable!
Is there a school nurse that is overseeing this? on top of it?
I assume the school knows this little man has diabetes?
oh..... I would be SOOOOOOOO furious.
Was it the school nurse or a dietician who wrote that note? Probably not.
This makes me angry just "reading it"...
Hope you can get it resolved.
I really would start with talking to the teacher and ask her/him "who" the person was that signed that note. See if you can go to the bottom of this (in a diplomatic way first - lol)
I am really sorry you have to go through this - hang in and stay strongs
Melissa !! Im so sorry u are going through this! I swear this is a barrie issue these teachers need to pay more attention to their job! Not being a doctor\nurse to kids! U are the parent ! What ever happened to im the parent, its my rules!! Dont let them how to raise ur child! Get on them for this one ! Dont back down!!
I would be calling the principal and teacher to set up a meeting. Does the teacher know anything about diabetes. Would she give kids with nut allergy nuts.
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I don't have children so I don't know how things work in schools.
Reading your post really made me upset.
It's like your children were put in a special school because the authorities deemed you were not taking care of them properly and they needed to be regulated. Like it's your duty to provide documentation of what they eat?
Why the food journal? "I am not sure what more they want....?" Are you required to provide a journal?
George Orwell or what!
Schools are full of experts and little accountability. Disregard the notes sent home unless they are signed and from the teacher or principal. You're best defense is teaching your son to take care of himself. Sounds like you're already half way there with him. Good job Mom! Speaking from experience, you're not going to get well meaning idiots out of the schools and you don't want to turn your boy into a victim of the nasty side of some nameless jerk. Don't get mad, get proactive and see if you can, with the help of his support team, develop a plan to put into action when this sort of thing happens. Of course it will happen again and better down the road to know what adjustments to make to his medication when it does.
Better to vent here and take a calm and reasoned approach to finding a good resolution at school than to go head hunting.
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That is really upsetting. I can see why you were upset. As a parent you are obviously working very hard to keep your son healthy. I hope you can get this resolved. It is too important an issue
That's unbelievable! I no basically know nothing about diabetes or managing it, but I do know that you have to try to stick to a pretty planned diet, if possible. The last thing I would do is hand a diabetic child an ice cream sundae! And they have complained about what you send him for lunch? Utterly unbelievable - the person who gave him the sundae and wrote the note sounds dumber than a bag of hammers. I'd be quite mad, if I were you.
Since they want more carb free items could he be complaining of being hungry?
Rather then think it was unhealthy.