Monday, April 16, 2007
I would like to scream right now.
I bloody detest schools+medical stuff. They do not go hand in hand at all. Last week, Lauren was diagnosed as having asthma. Last night i was in two minds about whether or not to send her to nursery school. By this morning she was doing well, no coughing, no wheezing and full of beans. So I took her. Laurens nursery is split between two buildings. In the morning she has a session at one builder, lunches there, and then moves to the second building. This strange arrnagment happened because of the current mad mad mad family situation. So I took her to the morning building. Handed over her inhaler and spacer, with strict instrictions that IT MUST go over to the second building after lunch. I filled in medical forms for both buildings in the office, instructions of how many puffs, maximums, when to give it (am very well practised with asthma) and went home.
Roll on home time. I go to the second building and Lauren is struggling. She is coughing, red faced and can barely talk. The nursery staff were very concerned. The inhaler hadnt been bought over with Lauren, the medical forms hadnt been sent over and no-one had bothered to inform the afternoon staff that Lauren now has asthma. So i had to play hunt down the inhaler. It was still in the first building. I am sick and tired of school playing with my childrens lives. A similar thing happened last summer at Nicoles school, where they totally missed the fact she was having an asthma attack and told her to take a drink of water. By the time she came home she needed a nebuliser and a weeks course of oral steroids. Since then I have insisted there is an inhaler in Nicoles classroom at all times and she has access it top it, afterall she has livedwith it since she was a tot, she knows better than anyone when she needs it.
So, what do i do? I am going to ask the nursery to look into the asthma uk site. and see if they can issue asthma cards. I did this with Nicoles school. Asthma is life threatening, and some people seem to forget that. My girls dont appear to be the usual wheezey asthmatics that are protrayed on tv programmes. They get the awful hacking coughs, and then they cant breathe as they are coughing so much. the wheezing happens right at the end of an attack.
I am booking another GP appointment this week and will also see if Lauren can be seen by the asthma nurse. I would to be able to issue both buildings an inhaler and spacer for Lauren so this situation NEVER EVER arises again. Until then, I hope they get it right because I will pull her out of there so damn quick otherwise.