Blue and Silver for Juvenile Diabetes (November)

Blue and Silver for Juvenile Diabetes (November)

Growing up, we always had school nurses for simple illnesses like a fever, scrapes cuts and boo-boos. Today, school nurses are there caring for more serious illnesses like asthma, teenage pregnancy, hypertension and Juvenile Diabetes.  As a school nurse myself, I had to care for very brittle diabetics that were in elementary school.  Monitoring carb intake, hecking blood glucose levels, calculating insulin, making sure students stayed hydrated- several times a day- was all part of the job.

Juvenile Diabetes is also known as TYPE I Diabetes.  Signs and symptoms of this condition include increased thirst, extreme hunger, fatigue, irritability, frequent urination, weight loss, blurry/double vision, dizziness, and/or pale-moist skin.  It is a condition where the child's body does not produce insulin.  This can be overwhelming because the parent/child must learn to give injections, count carbs, and monitor blood sugar.

Complications of diabetes include heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage and osteoporosis.  (Which is why a nurse is crucial for field trips and sports activities.)

Teaching and working with children to help them maintain good blood sugars and healthy eating habits is very important as well as seeing the doctor regularly. These strategies can help the child from developing complications associated with this disease.  

Reignbows support all those with special needs and disabiities  Reign was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and Quadreplegia.  She is non verbal and visually impaired.  

As a Child Life Specialist and nurse for more than 25 years, the need for more awareness, education, and advocacy for this community became apparent.  

No matter what, "iReign"

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