Looking back at this year and reflecting on all that has taken place in 2010, the one most single thing that has stood out in 2010 was all the ignorance surrounding type 1 diabetes.
The most dangerous and unbelievable ignorance was found within our own school systems and all school systems in this province. In schools all through out the province of Ontario each and every school makes their own rules and policies (or no policies) around type 1 diabetes.
Some schools are marvelous, understanding the ins and outs of care for type 1 children. They understand the signs of highs and lows, they know what to do in any situation, they allow children to eat their snacks when needed, go to the washroom and take drink breaks as required, there is a clean and safe area for the child to take their blood sugar, some school have nurses who visit through out the day, teachers and principals go the extra mile and will check blood sugar if needed, other schools are just the opposite.
It is these schools and the province of Ontario that do not understand the dangers of type1 that just blows my mind.
In a province that has over 7,000 school age children living with type 1 diabetes, each and every time a T1 child enters the doors to a school that does not understand what type 1 diabetes is, that child's life is in danger.
What blows my mind is that if I offered that kind of care that these schools and the province of Ontario is offering type 1's in school my children would be taken away from me. I would be found unfit to care for my children.
What blows my mind is that type 1's are in school from 8:30am-3:30pm 5 days a week. This time period includes 2 snack times and lunch all very crucial times for children with type 1 diabetes, not to mention the activity and exercise during recces and gym class all combined with the inconsistency of type 1, but still principals, teachers, schools and the province of Ontario still do not see the dangers that our T1's face on a daily basis.
What blows my mind is the lack of education and ignorance and the close mindedness from individuals that are in position of power. These people are making huge decisions, decisions that effect lives and they are just not "Getting It"
What I really do not understand and what truly blows my mind is when the province of Ontario is informed of the danger that they are putting our children in and are offered steps to help improve the safety and steps that would allow for the rights that our children deserve the only response you get is that we are working on it with no proof of this statement. I want to see actions not words.
This is something that I would like to see changed in 2011
Oh and something else that just blows my mind is the New Year Bash Sugar Bolus Giveaway that Candy Hearts is hosting click HERE and check it out. It is sure to blow your mind too!