I had just read about a 7-year-old child that was diagnosed with diabetes upon their death. I was livid.
This just seems so unacceptable to me. My experiences from hearing prior stories go something like this:
flu-like symptoms take place, it gets worse, trip after trip happens to medical offices/hospitals, no one can figure exact cause, and by time anyone can figure everything out……the individual passes away. Now I DO NOT know if that is what happened in this case but I am informed the diagnosis was at death.
I am so angry that I decided reading about it and not doing anything about it is just not in my DNA. Just ‘Don’t do Nothing’ has been written or stated by me a million times. I reached out to The American Academy of Pediatrics to discuss the matter.
I am in the process of figuring out what we all might do. Poster campaign, public service campaign, and I am not sure what….but SOMETHING.
I’m not stating that someone or a group is doing anything wrong. All I am saying is that we should do all WE can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. There are many laws on the books named after people who, upon their death, the families felt a change needed to be made.
In our diabetes community, that law (or action needed) would have an entire list of names.
You know it was really incidents on playing fields that made the defibulators placed everywhere. It was death in kids that made a rallying point to become a reality to make defibulators placed everywhere.
I might be wrong, but if a blood test would have revealed something, it needs to be done. I may be way out of my league, here but something needs to be done, what do you think?
I learned, AGAIN, yesterday that his community can make a difference. Not merely hundreds, thousands of people, responded trying to help yesterday in an incident now resolved. When we as a community set our minds to do something we can change the tide.
Once I figure out a course of action, I will let you know.
Are you in? Do you think that we as a community SHOULD try to do something? Reply to this blog as I want/need to hear if I am just angry or DO YOU think something can/should be done? What are your thoughts?
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