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Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2002 - 1:57pm
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Cindy, you sound so much like my husband. He often asks me "how on earth can you stand it??" School is much different-first of all, the kids aren't yours so you get to send them home when you're tired of them. Secondly, you can tell them what to do and they have to listen to you. Thirdly, school is so much more structuredjthen home or a playground. Sometimes though when you have your own kids, it's a pain being an EA...because their teachers expect much more from you then usual parents. And the REAL pain is that because you are always working school hours, you never get to go on field trips or volunteer with your own child's class. I really wish I could go. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
If you ever have any questions about EAs, feel free to ask. I think it does vary from place to place though [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/07/2003 - 2:23am
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Took awhile to find, but simply re-raising in the hopes that sport can read through the thread, see how each of us posted to one another, and how apologies were given and accepted (and therefore why, I couldn't understand for the life of me, why it would even be mentioned in a thread gone bad yesterday).
I just re-read everything and have to wonder how much more bloody eloquent and sugar coated (can you be both at the same time?) can I be to try to appease people and their feelings (or one person and their feelings?).
I can't be. It's that time wasted thing again. Energy wasted only to have it thrown back in your face months later in another contentious thread.
I'm sure one of my friends from PA.com will let me know when the board settles down again. This is really far too much now. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I am definitely taking a break from PA.com unless I need to post a specific concern re Jesse and school or his possible new FA.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 01/07/2003 - 6:06am
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I don't know how I missed this thread the first time around but.... My pa son had a field trip in Oct. (he's in Kindergarden). It was to a local market/greenhouse. The teacher asked me if I would go because if I didn't go the school nurse would have to go and they would have to get a substitute for the school nurse. I did go on the field trip but I realize my husband and I won't always be available to tag along. For these instances I will have to have the nurse accompany him or keep him home. Does anyone else have a similar arrangement with their school?
Karen

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 3:54am
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Wow--after reading this, I would like to ask a question. How many of you would send your child on a field trip without you accompanying them?? Just wondering!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 4:22am
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I made sure my husband or myself attended all field trips with our son until midway throught grade 2 (last year). Then we just decided to let him have a bit of space. We would go over procedures with the teacher before each trip, and still went on a few (the fun ones). We have not attended any this year. I think there only has been one, I was supposed to go because they needed drivers, but my daughter was sick at home with me that day. We have have also decided to have our son be responsible for injecting himself if/when he has his next reaction.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 4:27am
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Wood, when my dd started at her preschool, I was told by the teacher that my dd would ride in only her car or the assistant teacher's car, and be assigned to one of them for any trip where I could not be a driver and chaperone. Mind you they are all 3, and there are many parents along, mostly due to need for drivers. Well, after just the first trip, I decided she would never go unless dh or I could go. Period. Of course these are just 3 year olds, but it was a real eye opener to see how difficult it truly is to keep a close eye on one particular student the entire time! I was there, and my dd wandered off a bit, as I was also watching 1-2 other children at times.
This is just our experience, and not to pass any judgement. I have also wondered what we would do if I worked out of the home or dh did not have the flexibility at his job that he has. I guess I would have to trust their strategy.
I have a neighbor who is a nurse, and told me when she has been on trips with her older children, she is placed in charge of the epipen. She has a dd with a nut allergy, and has an epipen, but keeps it at home in a cabinet and has not told the school. Just some idea of the mindset of those responsible for our children when we cannot be there! I plan to be there, or keep my dd out of the trips for these next couple of years at this young age. Will reevaluate it later. becca

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 5:23am
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Just to demonstrate to the teachers who are offended when they perceive their profession is being viewed unfavorably, and they are feeling unappreciated or worse, I will point out posts where I feel the medical or nursing community is being viewed unfavorably. That way, they won't feel alone. WOADB [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I read this:
"According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published in the November 2001 Monthly Labor Review, more than one million new nurses will be needed by the year 2010."
Found in this Link: [url="http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/Backgrounders/shortagefacts.htm"]http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/Backgrounders/shortagefacts.htm[/url]
Is it any wonder?

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 6:17am
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Mommabear, I hope you did not think I was being critical of her as a nurse. I actually brought it up because it is the reason she is put in charge of the epipen. I am actually just remarking that, as a *parent* of a nut allergic child, she is actually not one who even tells the school or sends the epi to school, yet is in charge on a field trip. I would hope that because she *is* a nurse, she has some skill in recognizing that a person might be in some distress moreso than the average person. My remark has nothing to do with her nursing skills or the nursing profession. Heck, our ped is a very bright man and we love him and respect him, but I am certain I have taught him a thing or two about peanut allergy, even though he is the one who initiated RAST testing for my dd. Becca

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 8:33am
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Becca,
Please, please,..................
I don't want you to be offended, that is why i said "WOADB". I'm a duck. "Water Off A Duck's Back". Can I say "Luv Ya" here without breaking any personal space bubbles???? Just a little "sigh". I love what I do.
*****WARNING****** reference to SAHM here:
I love my children more than my own life. I was here so they might be. The are here so I might have reason. SAHM do not have the mother market cornered.
I am very much needed by people I have never met, but will tomorrow......or the next day, or the week after that. If not me, then who? My family understands that. I am not short changing them. Not for a second. If I could go back............NO. Would I go back to where I was before I entered nursing??? No. Emphatically. My children benefit in ways they will never comprehend. But benefit, none-the-less, they will. Of course, I schedule myself to work 3 days one week and off the next 9 or so. hehe. Ya ever read a job description for an RN?? Holy S#!^. (My only commentary). I'm 35. I have 5 herniated disks, (2 surgically repaired---thank you very much), carpal tunnel something or other, advanced arthritis (per my neurologist)(I think it was: "What on earth have you been doing????"), migranes, 24/7 pain, and am exposed to things that would make most persons of steady state p!$$ their pants." Money could never be enough. What is enough? The laugh, the smile, the tear, the embrace.
Just another shameless plug for things I love.

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