Managing Diabetes and School

Whether a child was just diagnosed with diabetes this summer, or has had diabetes for years, now that the school year is well underway, many families have questions about school resources available for children with diabetes. It can be frightening for parents to send their children off to school with a health issue, such as type 1 diabetes, that requires round-the-clock care. Students have a right to safe diabetes care in school and this right is backed by state and federal laws. Now is a great time to review some of the systems in place to help keep kids with diabetes safe at school.

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Young Athlete Earns All-America Honors While Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes

Kelby in Orlando, after earning All-American honors in the javelin.Kelby Crotty’s summer was impressive, without qualification.

A Pardeeville sixth-grader, Kelby earned All-America status while competing in the javelin at the AAU Club National Championships in Orlando, Florida in July.

Prior to that, in June, he traveled to Waukesha for the USA Track and Field Wisconsin State Meet, where he placed third in the javelin and fifth in the shotput and discus. A first-place finish in the AAU Central District Qualifier in Rockford, Illinois followed a week later. He was also third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.

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Learning About Your Care: Diabetes Homework

Diabetes HomeworkWe see kids in the American Family Children’s Hospital Pediatric Diabetes Clinic about every three months, from the time they are diagnosed, until they transition to an adult endocrinologist. Ideally, by that time, they are comfortable and independent with their diabetes care. However, the path to independence is different for every child and family, and it is our goal to provide tools that facilitate this individualized process along the way.

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Why Do I Walk?

Why do I walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation team, “UW Health and Henry’s Heroes?”

Personally, I walk for my son, Henry, diagnosed at age 5. I walk for my brother, diagnosed at age 24. I walk in memory of my paternal grandfather, diagnosed after serving in World War II, at age 26.

But let me tell you why it is important for me to walk under the umbrella of UW Health.

I am a physician assistant at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. I care for ladies that have type 1 diabetes and see how that diagnosis can complicate their care.

And so I walk.

I walk as a thank you to all the exceptional individuals on Henry’s Care Team. During his time at American Family Children’s Hospital, we met terrific endocrinology staff physicians, residents and fellows, RNs, Child Life Center staff, Learning Center RNs, Phlebotomists, Chaplin, and Housekeeping. All demonstrated service excellence and the high standard of comprehensive care at UW Health.

And so I walk.

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