“Ever notice how irons have a setting for permanent press? I don’t get it.” ~Steven Wright
Ever notice that when Ken slows down on blogging, so does Single Dad? Has it ever occurred to you that you never see us in the same room, ever? Think that is just a coincidence? Yeah, and men really walked on the moon, huh? I don’t think so …
I have been extraordinarily busy. Intel A major semiconductor house, with whom I have this major marketing project, pulled up the start date by a week. It was supposed to be next week when I am in San Francisco at a major forum-trade show of theirs. I think I got it together well enough, but burning the proverbial candle at both ends is not fun.
First day of school, we are all set! Found the alarm clock, got Pearlsky in a new outfit, got all the school medical forms submitted, everything is covered. All will go smooth!
I get a call that there is no aide to ride the bus and the person calling was not sure if the other student and her nurse would be on the bus. Remember, Pearlsky needs either a nurse or a trained aide with her. The bus pulls up. No aide.
Remember last school year when the nurse on the bus told me that she has been told to never attend to Pearlsky? The head nurse denied this, of course. The same nurse was on the bus. I bring Pearlsky out to the bus and guess what? She tells me that she will not be responsible for Pearlsky at all! This is a nurse! (Yes, illegal if there is a medical emergency). We are talking about a ride of about half a mile. So I climbed in and rode with Pearlsky.
We will see what the all powerful, wonderful, goddess like Coordinator of Special Ed for the high school does. Because boy was she pissed.
Speaking of school nurse pukes …
My email yesterday to the Department of Public Protection in the Department of Public Health …
I am wondering about the status of the inquiry into my Nursing Complaint. The inquiry has been ongoing for 314 days (over ten months), as well as 62 days since you stated that this case is a “priority” for you.
The head nurse continues to care for my daughter and continues to violate Pearlsky’s civil rights. I will be pursuing civil rights violation issues to the fullest legal extent. I am very uncomfortable with my daughter being in the care of this woman daily.
Is there any further information on the inquiry? How long will my daughter be subjected to the care of this woman?
Thank you for your time and attention.
And I get back …
Your complaint has been completed as to my part and is now returned to the Triage Committee for review and decision. This is usually accomplished in a matter of weeks (one member is on vacation this week but should be returning on Monday, Sept. 12th) and you will receive a letter indicating the decisions made on this complaint. Thank you for your cooperation in investigating this concern.
And thank you for your incompetence and delays in investigating said concern.
1) I’m amazed at how patient you have been with this whole school nurse debacle. Kuddos. 2) I think it’s pretty awesome that you just hopped on the school bus. 3) I want to see a picture of Pearlsky’s back-to-school outfit.
Do you ever wonder if they are trying to wear you down? They figure she’s aging out at 22, which is only a few years away, they figure if they screw you long enough you’ll just stop trying?
That’s how it seems sometimes to me.
The only thing that blows the whole thing is that I don’t have the ability to have an S-Curl. Besides, everybody knows you are WAY smarter.
I think they are just stalling hoping you will ‘go away’. You may need to go to the next level, whatever that is.
I wonder what “completed as to my part” means. Have they gotten the nurse’s side of the story? Did this person make a recommendation as to how to proceed? If so, what was that recommendation? Can you see a copy of the paperwork he submitted to the committee?
I too would love to see a picture of the new outfit.
I believe that this is where I would start dropping my lawyer’s name, and mentioning calling in the media. We got what we needed with a lawyer (it helped that my son broke his arm on school property), and my friends got it by calling in the local news.
In my school district, I was told that it was against policy to allow a parent on a bus, even to buckle the child. When I finally went ahead and got on anyway, I discovered that the aide was buckling him wrong; she only used half the harness, apparently because “he doesn’t like the other part.”
The thought of you climbing on the bus and riding made me laugh in disbelief. You really are a role model for all parents out there.
Agree with staying afloat. Dropping a lawyer’s name, calling the local news…
I am so sorry.
Wow, over two months as being a “priority.” I wonder, if HIS child were in the hands of a person he didn’t trust, he would consider 62 days of leaving the situation as-is acceptable. I also wonder if a complaint regarding the welfare of a so-called “normal” child would be given even greater “priority.” I’d like to get a look at that “priority” list, and see where Pearlsky’s name is on it, and who’s is above hers. Makes me mad.
Man, they really are pukes, aren’t they? Do you have any lawyer friends who would be willing to write you what we call a lawyer letter? They take about 20 minutes to whip up using scary legal language and thinly veiled threats of doom and devastation. They work like powerful laxitives in getting a quick response from people who have been avoiding you.
You seem very energetic overall, so why have you been waiting patiently for so long for the follow up to your complaint?
Why haven’t you lawyered up until now? How come you have not contacted the media?
Yes, you shouldn’t *have* to do these things for your daughter to receive the care which is her legal right. But it seems you need to ……
ps to my previous mail:
If waiting for the process to take its course is part of an overall strategy, would it ruin the strategy if you told other parents here what it was?
Have you contacted the Board of Nursing? They are ultimately the agency to whom the nurse is accountable.
Will you get to see her actual report to the Triage Committee or will you just get the decision without knowing the basis for it? If things don’t go your way, and I personally think anything less than boiling oil is not enough, can you get the report under Freedom of Information? And where are you?