shouldn\'t the medical establishment help us out?
Wouldn't it be great if the doctor that diagonised your child's food allergy also informed you of the legal implications it has and your rights? Just a thought here, why couldn't we moblize an action group to apply a little pressure on our doctors. With the increase of food allergies on the rise with school age children for example wouldn't it be great if a doc gave you some information on 504. 504 is such a new issues for schools and many school administrators are not as educated as they should be. Even worse for example here in Washington State thru the superintendent of public instruction they are recomending that a waiver of liabilty be signed by the parent when a drug is prescribed to a student that would say something to the extent that due to varying schedules you as a parent understand that medication doses may be missed. With this liability waiver it takes responsibility out of the schools hands and they can have an excuse for not providing the med your child needs. Granted it might not be such an issue if it is an antibiotic that has been prescribed for a cold that last a couple of weeks, but it is an entirely different set of circumstances when it comes down to life and death as does epi-pen to a child with a severe allergy. I think what the hidden agendy behind such actions is to force courts to reevaluate such rulings as garret f and the grand rapids school district that went to supreme court in 1999. It makes sense to me to use the odds that have been against us with food allergies on the increase give those newly diagonsed indivduals or their parents that information on 504. Use the numbers in our favor instead of against us and not let the tide turn in the tide of court rulings. What would be even more action based encourage those docs to go over their records and actually mail the information to all that meet the diagonsis of severe food allergy. I really feel that it comes down to a lack of knowledge, and we as parents have to take some of that responsiblity. Sure you are all on peanutallergy.com and know about the issues at hand, but there are so many other parents (low income that may not have access to information like peanutallergy.com shares) that we need to look out for to. Anyone who is willing to start with your own doctor or child's doctor to build on from there let me know. State boards of medicine could be a good start, maybe even a law outlining the responsibility of a doctor to provide information? What do you all think?