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  1. Bennet
    Bennet August 16, 2012 at 6:44 am | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing the ‘Mine’s space Amy.

    Thanks to everyone who helps keep kids Safe at School.

    I should have mentioned that if you have a great relationship with your school I would love to hear success stories and how people work to make that happen as coaching points.

    And if you are in Philly here are the details for Saturday:

  2. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill August 16, 2012 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    Thanks, Bennet, for an informative piece on an issue that I imagine has many families scrambling right now. Having spent my entire public school career except for the first two months of kindergarten, living with type 1, it’s interesting to see how this issue has so much more depth and garners more attention now than it did many moons ago. I know many of the changes I see are due to the nature of diabetes management, which is much different now than when I was in school, but even taking that out of the equation, there was nothing in place when I was a kid except the hope that the teacher would be understanding. Despite the vast improvements in accommodating children with t1 in school, there is still much progress to be made, so I’m grateful to you for raising awareness, educating anyone who will listen, and working with ADA to help all the kids with t1 grow up to join me and my peers. We will need their voices when they become adults, so keeping them safe at school is in everyone’s best interest.

  3. Eileen
    Eileen August 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | | Reply

    I have some sympathy for the school personnel. Diabetes care can be very complex. And giving shots?! This is asking a lot of teachers and secretaries when no nurse is available. And we’d be having a fit if someone gave a child an overdose of insulin.
    NPH was nice this way. Teachers were no doubt far more comfortable doling out snacks than shots of insulin.

  4. Bennet
    Bennet August 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | | Reply


    I share you sympathy for school personnel. Who knows better the complexity than families that live with diabetes?

    I agree with those who say that a school nurse is the best person to manage diabetes. The question comes what about those schools that don’t have a nurse or if the nurse has legitimate reasons to be out? That is part of the complexity that needs to be resolved. Simplistic refusing access to education is not a viable response.

  5. Gipper Monson
    Gipper Monson August 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm | | Reply

    Hi Bennet, I’m Gipper Monson with Sanofi Diabetes US- nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing this very important and timely information as many children are heading back to school. I would love to hear how the local session in Philly goes this weekend. We’ve shared details about the event on Twitter with our followers via the @diabetes_sanofi handle. Best, GM

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