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  • Mar 25

    i work in a school - had a kid that swallowed a quarter. Mom called me and told me that they were using plastic grocery store bags to collect and BMs. ok, no problem. he can use me bathroom, i can set him up if he needs to go. "ok, great. and call me right away after you've searched if you find the quarter." Uh no... they don't pay me enough for that... (and do i get to keep the quarter if i find it?!?!)

  • Mar 25

    Quote from kidzcare
    Do you know if she suffers from migraines? I had a student about a year and a half ago that presented with neuro symptoms (aphasia, confusion, numbness and tingling to extremities) and was originally thought to have had a stroke (he was 11!) but later the neuro said it was migraine instead.
    Oh you beat me too it! I have a coworker that gets migraines a few times a year that make her speech incomprehensible.

  • Mar 25

    I had a MS student last year that collapsed. I ran to meet him, but met one of the gym teachers met me halfway carrying the limp student. We returned to my office quickly and I set to trying to revive him - breathing was normal, heart rate was high but student was out cold. I tried everything- deep sternal rub, pinching nail beds, you name it to revive him. He went to the ER where he was told to get cardiac clearance. It turned out that he had an inhaler (from another country) in his possession (no orders on file) and took lord only knows how much after recess. He was in school the next day. I called him down to discuss - he said he remembered nothing until the medics arrived and wondered why his chest felt sore today - i told him probably me grating my knuckles across it like crazy.

  • Mar 25

    i get so annoyed at my clothing not getting returned. And I get livid when I see clothing that I know was mine make it into a kid's wardrobe rotation. Usually not children that can't afford clothing - just laziness in the parent following through. I try to keep track of who is borrowing what so I can make a call but it's low priority with the thousand other things I have to do. I figure if I run out, i'll let the admins know - maybe if they have to buy clothing they will begin to treat non returns as a problem and act the same as the library and charge the parents when it's not returned.

  • Mar 25

    I think that the potty trained requirement has fallen by the wayside as we've become a society that doesn't want to offend anyone - including a parent that hasn't put in the time or effort to potty train a child. For the most part, my students in reg ed pk and up are potty trained, but accidents happen with regularity in the school, especially the young grades. The pk and k students are told to bring in a change of clothing. Most do, some don't or don't replenish it when it gets used. I am an advocate for all the students to have a spare pair of pants and undies - even the older kids. I get as many requests for clothing changes either due to falling (playing) in the mud in the spring or spilled milk / food as I do toileting accidents. (That and trying to correct a dress code violation).

  • Mar 24

    I had a MS student last year that collapsed. I ran to meet him, but met one of the gym teachers met me halfway carrying the limp student. We returned to my office quickly and I set to trying to revive him - breathing was normal, heart rate was high but student was out cold. I tried everything- deep sternal rub, pinching nail beds, you name it to revive him. He went to the ER where he was told to get cardiac clearance. It turned out that he had an inhaler (from another country) in his possession (no orders on file) and took lord only knows how much after recess. He was in school the next day. I called him down to discuss - he said he remembered nothing until the medics arrived and wondered why his chest felt sore today - i told him probably me grating my knuckles across it like crazy.

  • Mar 24

    Quote from NurseBeans

    Anyways, encopresis is a real thing, seems to be getting bigger and bigger. I blame chronic constipation from garbage diets and too little water, too little activity, and then somehow Miralax is supposed to be the replacement for good toileting habits.
    YES to this!! ^^ A thousand times yes!!

    Also, I am wondering, Praiser, why you are expected to house the clothing changes? Is there no room in cubbies / lockers?
    I would talk to your admin about your bathroom being tied up with toilet training for 30 minutes at a clip. It creates an unsafe environment for the rest of the students requiring your services when you can't get to running water in your office to cleanse a wound, rinse an eye, wash your hands, etc.

    Like other E-colleagues, I do not assist children in the bathroom habitually. I do the same as you - give them the supplies and send them in to task. But, of course there are the times that the student (always the littles) had just had too big of an accident to handle themselves. I will assist then - but always always with another adult present (i try to get same gender as student) and I refuse to lock myself in the bathroom with them.
    My office bathroom is then spreayed down with lysol or sanitex and the kids take their soiled clothing with them. I have had teachers complain and wonder why it can't stay in my office - well, first of all, they will forget it at the end of the day. I don't do laundry for students. And second - why do I have to house soiled clothing because it's a medical office? If it stinks, double bag the one it's already in and tuck in the kid's backpack. Their parents can and should have a little stake in this too.

  • Mar 24

    i get so annoyed at my clothing not getting returned. And I get livid when I see clothing that I know was mine make it into a kid's wardrobe rotation. Usually not children that can't afford clothing - just laziness in the parent following through. I try to keep track of who is borrowing what so I can make a call but it's low priority with the thousand other things I have to do. I figure if I run out, i'll let the admins know - maybe if they have to buy clothing they will begin to treat non returns as a problem and act the same as the library and charge the parents when it's not returned.

  • Mar 24

    I think that the potty trained requirement has fallen by the wayside as we've become a society that doesn't want to offend anyone - including a parent that hasn't put in the time or effort to potty train a child. For the most part, my students in reg ed pk and up are potty trained, but accidents happen with regularity in the school, especially the young grades. The pk and k students are told to bring in a change of clothing. Most do, some don't or don't replenish it when it gets used. I am an advocate for all the students to have a spare pair of pants and undies - even the older kids. I get as many requests for clothing changes either due to falling (playing) in the mud in the spring or spilled milk / food as I do toileting accidents. (That and trying to correct a dress code violation).

  • Mar 24

    Quote from NurseBeans

    Anyways, encopresis is a real thing, seems to be getting bigger and bigger. I blame chronic constipation from garbage diets and too little water, too little activity, and then somehow Miralax is supposed to be the replacement for good toileting habits.
    YES to this!! ^^ A thousand times yes!!

    Also, I am wondering, Praiser, why you are expected to house the clothing changes? Is there no room in cubbies / lockers?
    I would talk to your admin about your bathroom being tied up with toilet training for 30 minutes at a clip. It creates an unsafe environment for the rest of the students requiring your services when you can't get to running water in your office to cleanse a wound, rinse an eye, wash your hands, etc.

    Like other E-colleagues, I do not assist children in the bathroom habitually. I do the same as you - give them the supplies and send them in to task. But, of course there are the times that the student (always the littles) had just had too big of an accident to handle themselves. I will assist then - but always always with another adult present (i try to get same gender as student) and I refuse to lock myself in the bathroom with them.
    My office bathroom is then spreayed down with lysol or sanitex and the kids take their soiled clothing with them. I have had teachers complain and wonder why it can't stay in my office - well, first of all, they will forget it at the end of the day. I don't do laundry for students. And second - why do I have to house soiled clothing because it's a medical office? If it stinks, double bag the one it's already in and tuck in the kid's backpack. Their parents can and should have a little stake in this too.

  • Mar 24

    I had a MS student last year that collapsed. I ran to meet him, but met one of the gym teachers met me halfway carrying the limp student. We returned to my office quickly and I set to trying to revive him - breathing was normal, heart rate was high but student was out cold. I tried everything- deep sternal rub, pinching nail beds, you name it to revive him. He went to the ER where he was told to get cardiac clearance. It turned out that he had an inhaler (from another country) in his possession (no orders on file) and took lord only knows how much after recess. He was in school the next day. I called him down to discuss - he said he remembered nothing until the medics arrived and wondered why his chest felt sore today - i told him probably me grating my knuckles across it like crazy.

  • Mar 24

    i let it roll of of me or i may say it back to them.
    As an aside - I began my SN career when I was about 22. When I was 25 I wend to a public school district. One day i covered the high school and got called to the office to administer a suspected under the influence. I went to the office and told the secretary that i needed to meet up with the principal and could she point the way. She asked me for a pass. I was flabbergasted, but flattered.

  • Mar 24

    If the student is a known asthmatic and is coming from time to time for their inhaler, I'll usually just give it after a quick listen. Lungs that sound crummy are a no brainer. If it's more the student telling me they feel like they are tightening, i'll usually allow it too. I can't tell how they are feeling simply by listening and pulse ox. But - if they begin to come habitually or i really feel like it's not necessary to give it, i'll go with the water, rest, observe route.

  • Mar 24

    If the student is a known asthmatic and is coming from time to time for their inhaler, I'll usually just give it after a quick listen. Lungs that sound crummy are a no brainer. If it's more the student telling me they feel like they are tightening, i'll usually allow it too. I can't tell how they are feeling simply by listening and pulse ox. But - if they begin to come habitually or i really feel like it's not necessary to give it, i'll go with the water, rest, observe route.

  • Mar 24

    i get so annoyed at my clothing not getting returned. And I get livid when I see clothing that I know was mine make it into a kid's wardrobe rotation. Usually not children that can't afford clothing - just laziness in the parent following through. I try to keep track of who is borrowing what so I can make a call but it's low priority with the thousand other things I have to do. I figure if I run out, i'll let the admins know - maybe if they have to buy clothing they will begin to treat non returns as a problem and act the same as the library and charge the parents when it's not returned.


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