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Take My Breath Away

***Originally found via Instapundit.com.

This story just put my head on backwards. From clickOrlando.com:

DELTONA, Fla. – Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse’s decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent’s signature on a medical release form.

….Michael Rudi, 17…said the school dean found his inhaler during a search of his locker last Friday. The inhaler was still in its original packaging — complete with his name and directions for its use; however, the school took it away because his mother hadn’t signed the proper form for him to have it.

Small biographical aside here: I’ve been married to the world’s prettiest asthmatic for 18 years. I’m intimately aware of the importance of her inhalers, and the dangers of her NOT having them.

So when I see the words “inhaler” and “school took it away “, I go a little crazy. Because common sense should tell you this little breather-thingy just might be kinda important. You know, to breathe and all.

Common sense. Yeah, like that was ever gonna happen:

School leaders called Sue Rudi when her son started having trouble breathing. She rushed to the office and was taken back to the nurse’s office by school administrators and they discovered the teen on the floor.

“As soon as we opened up the door, we saw my son collapsing against the wall on the floor of the nurse’s office while she was standing in the window of the locked door looking down at my son, who was in full-blown asthma attack,” Rudi said.

Michael Rudi said when he started to pass out from his attack, the nurse locked the door.

“I believe that when I closed my eyes I wasn’t going to wake up,” he said. The Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, said that parents must sign the medical release form each year, which allows students to carry their prescribed drugs with them in school.

This year, the district had no record of his Rudi’s signature, said Selesky.

Ever seen anyone literally struggle to take their next breath? If you have, you are all too aware of how helpless you feel. There’s literally nothing you can do to assist this person. Unless, of course, you happen to be withholding the inhaler that will let them breathe again. THEN you might not feel so helpless.

I have two main beefs with this:

  1. ‘Nurse Ratched’, obviously. But I have just as big a problem with:
  2. the school. You’ve got the inhaler with the kid’s name on it, people!

I don’t care if the parents were too busy to sign it, or the kid forgot to give the parents the form, or they did sign it and he didn’t bring it back.

I. Don’t. Care.

Call them. Call the doctor. If you can be troubled to search his locker and take away his inhaler, you can just as surely take the necessary, immediate steps to ensure that this most critical of medicines isn’t denied to the kid that needs it to breathe!

Am I out on a limb here? Does that not seem fairly reasonable?

The fact that the school didn’t do this, ANY of it, takes my breath away.