Farm Boy Cambridge Raise $5578 for Juvenile/Youth Diabetes at CMH!
Thank you to Farm Boy for supporting CMH and our Youth Diabetes Management program for another year. Our care team aims to provide medical treatment, but also helps the child manage their diabetes with better nutrition choices. Good education and access to fresh food will help patients live longer, healthier lives, and prevent medical complications as they become adults.
Your investment will have a real impact on today and tomorrow’s youth within our area.
It may be surprising to hear that Cambridge has a higher than average number of children and youth who are being diagnosed with Diabetes.
Our Child Life Specialist, Tracy, currently has a portfolio of over 90 patients with Juvenile Diabetes. Together with one of our pediatricians, she is meeting up to 7 children/youth per month who have been newly diagnosed (ages 11 months to 17 years). The average age is about 9 or 10 years old upon diagnosis.
Youth diabetic patients arrive at our hospital either from a family doctor referral, or as a very sick patient in our Emergency Department. They usually spent 4-7 days with us as an inpatient, during which time we do several laboratory test to determine their treatment path . Their next step is to meet with their diabetes management team that includes the Child Life Specialist (Tracy), Pediatrician, Diabetic Nurse, Dietician, and often Social Worker. After they have been educated on how to manage their condition, they visit us to check in up 3 times per year, or sometimes as frequently as daily through text or email with Tracy. All patients begin by managing insulin with shots (similar to an EPI-pen) and most graduate over time to a wearable insulin pump.
Unfortunately, Tracy and our paediatric team predict that the number of diagnoses will only increase in the coming years. Unlike some forms of Diabetes, like Type 2 that is related to lifestyle, there are no real prevention options for Juvenile Diabetic patients (Type 1), there is only management. However, setting them up with good management tools and good education will help them to live longer, healthier lives, and prevent medical complications as they become adults.
Our youth diabetic program would not be possible without appropriate space and clinical services for these patients and their parents. A modern and efficient ER, Lab, Diabetic Classroom and Inpatient Paediatric Beds are essential to giving our Juvenile Diabetes patients the best care. Our new wing at CMH, opening later this year, will house this essential paediatric service. This is only one example of what you will making possible with your gift.