Mum tries to raise di­a­betes aware­ness

Son di­ag­nosed in April

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

James Heaven shows off a gad­get for check­ing his in­sulin lev­els A MOTHER has been rais­ing aware­ness of di­a­betes after her son was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion.

Gemma Heaven, from Bea­cons­field, found out her three-year-old son James had type one di­a­betes in April this year.

She had lit­tle idea about the dis­ease and how to man­age it, and had to learn as she went along with the nurs­ery James at­tends, Jack and Jill PreSchool in Shep­herd’s Lane.

Mrs Heaven said: “I no­ticed James kept ask­ing me for drinks, he was al­ways thirsty and that’s a symp­tom.

“I took him to the doc­tor who did some tests. He said to me, ‘We’ll wait for the re­sults but I’m sure your son has di­a­betes’. We had to go to Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal and they put him on in­sulin, he’s had to have it ever since.”

James has to have seven to 10 fin­ger prick tests and four in­jec­tions a day, and his food has to be weighed so he gets an pre­cise amount of car­bo­hy­drates.

It all meant a lot of changes for the fam­ily.

“His brother Thomas is seven and tries to help,” Mrs Heaven said.

“The nurs­ery have been great, they adapt as I can of­ten come in after the week­end and all his lev­els have changed and I need to tell them what he can now eat.

“The chil­dren also know James has di­a­betes, they may not un­der­stand yet, but they know he has a spe­cial snack and needs in­jec­tions.”

To mark World Di­a­betes Day, James, the chil­dren at the nurs­ery and his carer all helped raise aware­ness and funds for Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion by dress­ing in one­sies.

“James will go to school and we want peo­ple to know,” she said. “The kids have seen James have in­jec­tions be­fore, and it gets rid of that mys­tery.

“I am not say­ing it pa­tro­n­is­ingly be­cause I didn’t know any­thing about di­a­betes ei­ther, but it will help if peo­ple know more.”



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