Back to Parent' Voices Bernadette Axelrod

Glucagon at School


My daughter Ella was diagnosed with type 1 on April 30, 2003 of this year. One of the CDEs working with us, Hope Oliver, had a wonderful suggestion for glucogon storage place when we went back to school. Instead of putting the kit in a file cabinet where it could be accidentally locked in, covered by other files or things in the drawer, forgotten about (because we hope never to use it!), or not found in time by someone looking for it, we put the kit on a bright orange piece of paper with "For emergency use...Ella" and then taped this sign and kit above the classroom's fire extinguisher. Every staff person in the school is trained to know where the extinguisher is in each classroom, so it would be easy to send anyone to get the kit for the person who may be administering to Ella if she ever needs it. The kit is taped up high enough where none of the kids can tamper with it but easily within eye level and arm's reach of an adult.

Just wanted to share this great idea with any other parents working with their child's school staff.

Bernadette Axelrod

Photo showing the glucagon kit taped to the wall above the fire extinguisher.

August 15, 2003

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