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