Friday, August 22, 2008

Can I Just Scream Please!!

Maybe you would like to join me! Let me explain. Evan starts his last year of school on Monday. I got a call from the school nurse today saying he can NOT attend school on Monday because we don't have a signature from his doctor for his Epi-pen.

Every single year, we have paper work to fill out. Every single year we have to have a doctor sign the paper. I write the meds he takes, and Dr. Bravo signs it. I forgot to add the epipen this year, I may have forgot last too, I don't remember. I don't think about the epipen, he just has it in case he has a reaction to latex that causes difficulty breathing. He has never used it, and most likely won't need it on Monday. However his doctor is out of town this week and the doctor that works in the office refused to sign the paper, because she has not seen Evan. Oh, come on!! He is a person with spina bifida who is allergic to latex and has a prescription for a epipen that even has his doctors name on it. How difficult can this be people?? I was actually rude to the school nurse on the phone. I actually told her "You have to be kidding me"!! I could not believe that would keep him out of school. She was going on and on and finally I said, "I'm sorry, I'm so upset I can't even talk to you about this anymore" and I hung up. I can't believe I hung up on the school nurse!! Anyway, I'm thinking I may just drop him off at school anyway (they won't let him on the bus) drive away and not answer my phone. What are they going to do? Call the police on me?? Couldn't people have a little common sense? I hate for Evan to miss the first day of school with a brand new teacher. What do you think I should do? Can you scream with me, that would make me feel better!!


Crissybug said...

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! Sometimes people are just plain stupid. I hope you are able to figure things out.

April and Matteo said...

What idiots! I'm mad for you Mom! That's all so bogus! What happened to the school having a legal obligation to provide Evan with an Education? And, couldn't the other doctor have looked at Evan's medical chart? I'll scream for you!! Do you want me to call them?

Aprilyn said...

I do not like stupid people. There seem to be a plethora of them around. You need to cheer up. Go watch a really funny movie and laugh for a while. Or, you could just watch the new thing I just posted on my blog. It's a cheerleading Dad.
I'm sorry the nurse was so dumb.

We have Marshall's IEP in Oct. and if they decide he doesn't qualify, we're just plain out of luck. I really wish I could afford pre-school. If I could, I would send him to the best one!! But since I can't, I'll just have to wait and see. I might be able to make a deal with a lady in my ward. She does a bilingual pre-school. But he still has behavior issues...who knows what Oct. will bring. Maybe I'll just take him off his meds for a while and let them see what he's really like!!!

cemoody379 said...

The laws change every year for school medical personnel. Our state now requires every single parent in the school to sign permission at the beginning of the year just to receive neosporin, rubbing alcohol cleaning, etc. and the typical school nurse-type items. It's not the nurse's fault or the school's. Thank your local legislators who have never stepped foot in a school.

Public school and special education are not an obligation, despite what many think... it is in addition to other services and must be minimally adequate, not what one's perfect vision is. This is why many families must still pay for private therapies. It is not intended to be coverage for everything. I work both privately and in the school-- same person, same career, different laws and requirements. Both of my brothers have children with disabilities... I see both sides and I see both aspects of providing the service (public and private).

We can also thank our friends in the US who sue school districts over everything. It is for the legal protection of the school not to allow students without a physician's signature and a potentially deadly medical reaction to enter the doors.

Hope this information makes sense!

Cindy said...

Makes perfect sense, thanks Cheryl! You are very level headed I appreciate that. I know that nurse had to do what she had to so, but it's the principle behind the thing. And it all came as a surprise. Besides, it IS basically my fault for not putting Epipen on the paper work in the first place. It's just not something I think about when I think of the meds we give him.
Anyway, I was planning on sending Evan anyway, but have decided against it. I talked with Evan and he actually prayed about it and didn't want me to get in trouble. Bless his heart. So, he will happily stay home until the paper work is taken care of and turned in to the nurse. I guess I will just enjoy a little more time with him.
And then I will have to apologize to the poor school nurse. Oh, my!!

Thanks for all who screamed with me. It is now out of my system.

Laurel said...

I had a hard time knowing what to say to your orginial post. It was upsetting to say the least. So all I could do was keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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