Make Type1 Diabetes tests part of a Doctors standard check – young adults & children
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Everyday I read about a child or young adult dying from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. To often Doctors, parents and young adults are missing the symptoms. A simple blood sugar test should be a routine test when visiting the doctor………
Australian Minister for Health - Please make this happen. It is our intention to make this test as routine within GP surgeries and clinics as temperature and blood pressure checks are presently. Your signature on this petition really could help save lives and prevent further terrible loss within families. The ideal standard would be for screening of all children and young adults in order to catch this stealthy condition in the early stages. Many parts of the world are seeing the benefit of this screening and are now introducing it, the most recent being North Carolina in the USA. The UK have a petition going at the moment.
This change will save lives! Catch this before the Coma!
This is my sons story and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.
My son (23) has recently been airlifted after going into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) coma from undiagnosed Diabetes Type 1. He had attended the doctor in the work camp 6 times over 5 days before his collapse. Including twice the day before his collapse, the doctor was treating him for a virus/flu, they felt he was getting better and cleared him for work for the next day. He returning to his room around 6pm after visiting the doctor and sometime later that night he collapsed in his bathroom and was not found until 10.30am the next morning. When he was found he was barely breathing and was in a very bad way, he had no recordable blood pressure and his sugar level was extremely high, his body temp was 28. He was airlifted to Brisbane to an ICU unit. That night we were told he probably would not make it. His ketones were 7.6 the highest the ICU doctors had ever seen. His ph levels were 6.7. His HbA1c estimated average was 18.9. Glucose 29.1. His Creatine Kinase 362 (range 46 -171) It was extremely scary. The doctors said even if he did make it he could have brain damage. After several harrowing days and bags and bags of fluids and sedation drugs the doctors took him off some of the sedation drugs to do some neurological tests, He did not respond well and we then learn't that he had developed pneumonia and his blood platelets were low, so he was give platelets. It was not a very good day.... The next day they changed to a new sedative that they had not used in ICU before and it was amazing, he was waking up and responsive, he still had the breathing tube in so could not talk, but could nod or shake his head to answer questions. After 10 days in ICU he was able to move to a ward and start learning about diabetes and insulin injections.
In the lead up to this all happening he had lost a lot of weight which was his only real symptom. The weight loss was put down to him not liking the camp food and the thirst to the hot weather where he worked.
If only the doctor had given him a blood sugar test when he presented with flu like symptoms he would not have gone into a Diabetic Coma and almost died. We would like to make awareness that flu type symptoms can be Diabetes and the doctors and medics should know this already and should be doing routine blood sugar tests of sick patients. A blood sugar test should be as routine as blood pressure or temperature checks at all doctors visits, especially in children or young adults………Please spare a couple of minutes to sign our petition to raise the profile of the need to check for Type 1 Diabetes in anyone presented to a health care professional with unexplained flu-like symptoms or general feeling of being unwell, especially if they have any of the symptoms of Diabetes. .
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