How to use an in­sulin pump

Jayda’s clip to help di­a­betes kids is a web hit

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS - Jackie Grant

A video of a Dum­fries girl fit­ting an in­sulin pump to her body has gone viral on the in­ter­net, rack­ing up nearly 2,500 views in just a few days.

Type 1 di­a­betic Jayda Caven, 11, asked her mum to record her us­ing the equip­ment be­fore post­ing it on YouTube and Face­book.

The Cal­side P7 pupil wanted to show other young peo­ple re­cently di­ag­nosed with the life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion how she copes.

Jayda said: “The video is for other kids who’ve re­cently got an in­sulin pump and who might need a bit of help us­ing it. I want it to be watched by some­body who re­ally needs sup­port right now.”

Jayda was only eight when she was di­ag­nosed. Dad Neil, 37, was the first per­son in the fam­ily to be told he had the con­di­tion at 28.

Treat­ment for di­a­betes aims to keep blood glu­cose lev­els as nor­mal as pos­si­ble to pre­vent health prob­lems later in life.

Jayda’s mum Tracey, 34, said: “Be­fore Neil was di­ag­nosed he lost four stone in three months. He was thirsty all the time and re­ally tired.

“It took a while be­fore we re­alised there was some­thing wrong.

“Be­fore Jayda was di­ag­nosed I was just fin­ish­ing my nurs­ing de­gree. I no­ticed she was get­ting thin but put it down to her age and a growth spurt.

“Then she started get­ting up through the night for the toi­let, which is also a warn­ing sign.

“One Satur­day morn­ing she looked re­ally pale so I used Neil’s glu­cose-checker to test her and it was re­ally high so we took her to hos­pi­tal.

“Be­cause we had an in­sight into di­a­betes with Neil, we knew the symp­toms. If we hadn’t, Jayda could have gone into di­a­betic ke­toaci­do­sis, which could have been fa­tal.”

De­spite be­ing dev­as­tated at Jayda’s di­ag­no­sis, Tracey and Neil en­cour­aged her to be pos­i­tive and to get to know how to man­age the con­di­tion prop­erly.

Jayda and Neil both use a di­a­betic pump and are a sup­port to each other. Tracey de­scribed them as “two peas in a pod”.

She added: “We want her to be able to do ev­ery­thing that her friends do like go­ing on school trips.

“She has her tough days and can be self-con­scious about the pump, but her at­ti­tude is fan­tas­tic. She just gets on with it.”

Jayda wanted to do some­thing to help other chil­dren dur­ing Di­a­betes Aware­ness Month in Novem­ber.

Tracey said: “She wanted to post the video show­ing her us­ing the pump so other chil­dren can see it isn’t as scary as they think.

“We’re de­lighted it’s been viewed so many times al­ready and couldn’t be more proud that she’s try­ing to help oth­ers.”

‘Two peas in a pod’ Jayda and dad Neil help each other

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