Ashley, a high school student diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age sixteen, experienced a potentially fatal incident when a substitute teacher denied her request to go to the school nurse. Ashley’s family was aware of how important it was for their daughter’s school to be kept informed about her diabetes. They worked with the school and the nurse to follow all of the schools procedures and protocols relating to a diagnosis of diabetes. The family worked closely with the school to provide snacks, glucose tablets, and information about how the school could help support Ashley’s wellbeing. Ashley had a diabetic episode during a class where a substitute was teaching. She needed her glucose medication and the substitute would not allow Ashley to get the medication from her bag. The substitute also denied Ashley’s request to go to the nurse. Ashley took it upon herself to go to the nurse anyway. Ashley did not make it to the nurse since her blood sugar was so low. She was found after the class very ill and disoriented and she had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The family was told by a doctor that this could have been a potentially fatal situation for Ashley. Ashley’s family asked the school to prevent this from happening again and make all the necessary parties aware of the medical condition. The school did not feel that they needed to do that and since the school was unwilling the parents hired a lawyer. Their case was based on ADA violations and the
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Diabetes substantially limits the life function of eating, and it also negatively impacts the life function of learning. Support to manage diabetes and a schedule to check blood sugar levels during non-instructional times of the day or the opportunity to make up any work missed during blood sugar checks are accommodations that would be in this student’s 504 plan. The 504 plan might also require all staff to be trained to recognize and handle any complications related to diabetes to ensure the child’s
Diabetes affects nearly 10% of the total population and national cost of more than $200 billion each year in the United States (Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, 2017). Before the patient protection and affordable care act (PPACA), many low-income diabetes patients had no or very limited access of health insurance coverage due to financial disadvantage. PPACA Title II-Role of public programs expanded Medicaid coverage to individuals under 133% of the federal poverty level (Obamacarefacts.com, 2013). Nurses directly interact with low-income diabetes patients to guide, advocate, educate and navigate the complex healthcare system to deliver the best evidenced care (Marquis &
Type 1 diabetes, is an incurable but treatable disease which can occur at any age but is mostly found in children due to the high levels of glucose in the blood (Eckman 2011). Juvenile diabetes affects about 1 in every 400-600 children and more than 13,000 are diagnosed yearly (Couch 2008). Type 1 Diabetes means your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. With Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone, which helps glucose gets into your cells to provide energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, gums and teeth (American Diabetes Association). Previous research has suggested proper
Diabetes is a serious medical condition that can also be a risk factor for the development of many different diseases and conditions including dementia, heart disease, and CVA. Thus, effective management of diabetes is very important. Patient compliance can be difficult to achieve if the person affected with diabetes is not educated about the illness or treatment, has not fully accepted the diagnosis or its severity, will not change habits or believes that the prescribed treatment regime is too difficult or ineffective, has cultural beliefs conflicting with the treatment regime, experiences stressful events, lacks social support, or suffers from psychiatric issues unrelated to diabetes (Gerard, Griffin, & Fitzpatrick, 2010). As one may expect, adequate education programs are essential tools when dealing with diabetics. Solid education will provide the patient with information as well as teaching the necessary skills to manage the disorder. The primary focus of any diabetes education program must be to empower patients as a part of the multidisciplinary team. This team should be focused at integrating diabetes into the lives of the patients and this focus should be based on the decisions made by the patient, otherwise the treatment plan can be looked on as forced (Gerald et al., 2010). Every patient stricken with diabetes has the right to benefit from an education program of this type. First, basic education and facts should be administered directly following the diagnosis of
Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented increase in diabetic diagnoses, there are simply not enough doctors available. Educators, therefore, are and will continue to be needed to assist in this shortfall. They will teach new patients how to manage their diabetes, and assists and educate “older” patients in new, exciting technologies.
I have been naïve to an epidemic that has been plaguing America for quite some time now. It wasn’t talked about or taught much when I was younger. I thought that this disease was for the geriatric population. In 2012, 29.1 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. 8.1 million went undiagnosed. (diabetes.org) Diabetes is a dilemma and the statistics for this disease is rising steadily. Per the diabetes association there are 1.4 million of new cases of diabetes a year. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the united states of America. Diabetes is not affecting only one group of people. Diabetes.org states that 208,000 Americans under the age of 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes. In 2014 I started a new job at a call center. Prior to this occupation I had never personally, that I knew of interacted closely with anyone suffering from this disease. I had never heard of the younger population developing this illness and I certainly never heard any first-hand accounts on how diabetes affected the body. I discovered just how prevalent diabetes were in young adults. I watched people between the ages of 20-27 be afflicted by this disease. They had to constantly watch their diet to ensure that their blood glucose wasn’t either too high or too low. I watched a 20-year-old female be in and out of the hospital because of this disease. I hope to inform this reader of the dangers of this disease and what to do to prevent it.
In order to gain insight on the most frequently seen healthcare problem, I chose to interview a registered nurse from Georgia Regents Medical Center, Mrs. Denead Buoy RN, MSN. I chose this medical provider because she has had experience in her field for 17 years. During the interview, I gained valuable information about a disease that she stated she sees commonly in her in patient unit. The disease she noted was diabetes mellitus. During the interview she gave me information about the disease in terms of its causes, its frequency, and the reason she decided to identity these disease.
In order to gain insight on the most frequently seen healthcare problem, I chose to interview a registered nurse from Georgia Regents Medical Center, Mrs. Denead Buoy RN, MSN. I chose this medical provider because she has had experience in her field for seventeen years. During the interview, I gained valuable information about a disease that she mentioned she sees commonly in her in-patient unit. The disease she noted was diabetes mellitus. During the interview, she gave me information about the disease in terms of its causes, its frequency, and the reason she decided to identity this disease.
My instructor showed empathy toward the patients with diabetes; she emphasized her understanding on how challenging the diabetes disease process can be and the importance of following a healthy diet and the medication schedule. As a diabetes educator, she offered us valuable resources and also emphasized the need for more diabetes educators while encouraging those of us who were thinking about it as a career path.
Being a new diabetic at the age of nine wasn’t too difficult to learn. I had a very encouraging, involved, and intelligent Diabetic Educator who helped me learn how to manage myself at such a young age. Because of this experience it has made me want to be a Diabetic Educator
In each individual’s time on earth normally there is a great chance of some sort of tragedy to occur, possibly in many different ways. This could either be triggered by oneself or from another individual’s decision. There are certain situations that are out of one’s control. Leaving those affected the responsibility of taking charge of the problem and making the best of the situation. Some situations offer minimal risk to the health of an individual or others. There are specific cases that it is the opposite and the situation dealt is terminal or completely life altering. Health related issues and many other opportunities are now restricted just from a diagnoses like type 1 diabetes. This situation is all too familiar to a personal experience in my own life. I have been diagnosed with an incurable disease called, and now a type 1 diabetic.
Type 1 diabetes is a debilitating problem that strikes too many unfortunate children across the country. It is especially hard when it happens to infants who attend nursery schools: they have to deal with a life-altering situation while away from their parents. Thankfully, there are ways you can help make it easier on both your child and their nursery school.
Breathe in, breathe out. My lungs rattle as I gasp for air in the humid afternoon. The sun beats down on my forehead as sweat drips onto the blistering tar. My jersey sticks to my skin as I clench my fists. Breathe in, breathe out. My legs flood with lactic acid, but I march ahead. Coach’s voice interrupts the pounding of my feet, urging me to fight on. I feel a sudden burst of adrenaline rush through my body and I drive my legs up the hill. Breathe in, breathe out. Midway, my vision begins to blur. Numbness diffuses across my arms until I’m left paralyzed. I realize my blood glucose is dangerously low but I still push forward. My body stiffens and I collapse onto the dehydrated grass beneath me. I stare up at the sky and see the sun begin
Diabetes is associated with wide range of complications such as chronic renal failure, blindness, amputations, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and neuropathy (Alotabi, A., et al., 2016). There is no known cure for diabetes, but the disease can be controlled through health management that includes multiple perspectives of care such as medications, blood glucose monitoring, diet, nutrition, screening for long-term complications and regular physical activity (Alotabi, A., et al., 2016). Managing diabetes may be complicated and requires the knowledge and skills of both healthcare providers and the clients. Studies have shown that to prevent or delay diabetic complications due to diabetes, counseling and other lifestyle interventions are the effective therapy. Even with many policies set up for diabetes, 8.1 million Americans are undiagnosed with diabetes mellitus, and approximately 86 million Americans ages 20 and older have blood glucose levels that considerably increase their risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus in the next several years (CDC, 2015). For diabetes care to be successful there needs to be a good understanding of the disease and management by both patients and healthcare providers,
In today’s world, parents have an abundance of worries when it comes to their children. Drugs, bad grades, and pre marital sex are just some things that may plague a parent with sleepless nights. But even on the worst of those nights of worry, most parents can’t imagine that their child could face an illness. Not just a runny nose or seasonal flu, but an illness that would affect their child throughout his or her entire life. Diabetes is a disease without a cure, and one that more, and more children have to live with.