I try to understand that not everyone knows what the life of a type 1 diabetic looks like, let alone their experiences learning in school. I get it. I really do.
What I do not get is why some schools/districts feel the need to push us parents to our absolute breaking point.
A friend of mine has been battling her daughter's Jr. High for months now. She has taken every step she should have to ensure her daughter's safety while in the hands of other people. All she has gotten every step of the way has been nothing short of infuriating. People who don't really have a damn clue want to start dictating to her what will be allowed.
Do you understand what this is like? We are tired. We are stressed all.the.time and we really don't have time for your shit, okay?
We will tell you how things will go down. We will tell you what our child can and cannot do, with the law backing us up. We will not be bullied into bending to your wishes, and furthermore, your excuses are so ridiculous, they make us laugh.
"What if other kids get hold of her needles?"
"What if the other kids are bothered by the sight of blood?"
What if I open a can of whoop ass on you and lay it down in words you can understand. I will speak slowly, so as not to confuse you, in case that's what's going on:
WE WILL NOT BE BULLIED AND WE DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE AND WHAT MAKES THEM UNCOMFORTABLE.
I literally see red when I see my friends getting so much pushback from the schools and districts. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, last time I checked, y'all work for us. If I hire a contractor to come in and paint my house, I don't expect said contractor to come into my home and tell me what color he's going to paint my walls. See?
None of us want to have to break out the claws...we really don't. We honestly don't have the energy left most of the time to muster up that much inside of us, but trust me, when one of us feels defeated, we have an entire network of fellow parents that stand behind us and give us the strength to keep fighting...and suddenly we.are.out.for.blood.
This is not a threat.
We will play nice, if you play nice.
Don't be ignorant and think we don't know what we are talking about. We are our kids' best advocates and always will be. We have rights and we will exercise those rights.