My daughter 9 1/2 has only been back at school 3 days and already has a cold, the main trigger of her asthma. I live in hope it won't get any worse & will just be a normal cold with no asthma symptoms.
Last term I met with the Education welfare officer, a school nurse and headteacher regarding her attendance. It was only 82% and the consultant wrote she suspected school attendance was low due to parental anxiety. I do not consider she had the right to judge me based on 3 separate clinic appointments, and I certainly don't keep my daughter at home for fun, only when she is symptomatic.
My daughter & I then met with a different school nurse during the school holidays to draw up a care plan for the school. She felt that my daughter's attendance was low due to my daughter's anxiety. Although she can be a worrier she isn't overtly anxious, this was based on my daughter's responses to how she felt about having asthma (fed up and upset she couldn't do the same as her friends all the time). I was offered the opportunity to see the care plan before it went into school, which I definately want to see. The school nurse is not an expert in asthma and when she asked my daughter what she should do before running around my daughter said take her inhaler but the school nurse told her she shouldn't be taking her inhaler if she doesn't need it! One of the letters from the hospital consultant suggests pre-emptive reliever before PE!!
Guess what the care plan has not materialised (it is coming upto 3 weeks since the meeting) via the post for me to see and nothing has been put in place at school, regarding training or care plans, so I have just written down the instructions for how to manage her asthma for her to take into school tomorrow.
Sorry for the moan but I am heartily sick of dealing with this. I thought this year would be better at school. I intend to spend tomorrow trying to contact the School Nurse to find out where my copy of the care plan is.