Mum aims to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes

09:00 18 July 2011

(click on image for larger view) Louise Bloxham with her son Finlay. Diabetes support group.

(click on image for larger view) Louise Bloxham with her son Finlay. Diabetes support group.

Archant

A North Somerset family is hoping to raise awareness of the symptoms of juvenile diabetes to make sure children are diagnosed in time.

A MUM from North Somerset is desperately trying to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes after her son was diagnosed with the condition at the age of four.

Louise Bloxham noticed something was wrong with Finlay last July when he had an ‘incredible thirst’ for a few days and began wetting the bed.

Knowing a few symptoms of diabetes, Louise took her soon and a urine sample to the doctors to be tested.

She said: “As soon as he was diagnosed he was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital and put on insulin. Failure to do so leads to a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) within hours.

“He was in hospital for three days, it was awful. He was put on a regime of two insulin injections a day which was very traumatic to begin with.

“But by November he was doing his own injections, while supervised. He wanted to take control. He’s been a little star, but I wish I could give him back his carefree childhood.”

Louise now wants to make other parents aware of the symptoms as research has shown the incidence of type one diabetes in children under five has increased fivefold in the past 20 years.

The reason for the increase is unknown, but it has nothing to do with an unhealthy diet which is linked to type two diabetes.

Type one diabetes is an auto immune disease caused by the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

The absence of insulin leads to increased sugar in the blood and urine and symptoms include an increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, weight loss and excessive tiredness.

Louise said: “Everyone knows the symptoms of meningitis but type one diabetes is five times more common and very few people are aware of the symptoms.

“I’ve read about numerous children who end up in DKA in intensive care because parents and doctors haven’t noticed the symptoms.”

Finlay, who attends Flax Bourton Primary School, has at least two insulin injections a day and eight-10 blood tests to check his blood sugar levels.

His parents have to measure the amount of carbohydrates in each meal and Louise has to test Finlay’s blood sugar levels throughout the night in case his blood sugars dip dangerously low.

She said: “Living with diabetes you have the constant worry about hypos and the fears about the devastating long term effects of highs.”

Louise, from Long Ashton, has now set up a North Somerset support group to help people who have children suffering from type one diabetes.

The group meets once a month at the Full Quart in Hewish. Anyone interested in joining can email Louise at louise.bloxham@gmail.com

The Bloxham family is also taking part in a walk to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in September. To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/Louise-Bloxham

0 comments

Other News Stories

Becki Whiting at thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

A TRAINEE beauty therapist at a North Somerset health spa has won a prestigious award for her skills.

Read more
Wahid Samady, chairman of CNM Estates which owns Birnbeck Pier.

THE owner of Birnbeck Pier has said the poor state of the ageing structure is down to an ‘accumulation of neglect’ – and has said he will not give up on trying to save it.

Read more
John Wyatt received a letter and a medal from the Russian government.

A WESTON Hospicecare patient has said he is ‘delighted’ after receiving a medal and a letter of thanks from the Russian government for the role he played in World War Two.

Read more
17:30
Badger

AN ACTIVIST group says it will take a Government department to the High Court if it continues with the Somerset badger cull.

Read more
Little Angels Nursery new pre-school.

A NURSERY in Weston-super-Mare has undergone a refurbishment, and its owners are now opening a preschool.

Read more
16:39
Georgie Bigg, chairman of Healthwatch North Somerset

Stroke sufferers in North Somerset are facing considerable delays’ in accessing support services compared with other areas in the South West.

Read more
12:54
Waves at Weston sea wall.

A FLOOD alert has been issued for this evening (Tuesday) with high tides expected across the area.

Read more
Police would like help identifying these three men. (Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary).

POLICE need help to identify three men in connection with the theft of two shop signs from businesses in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Homes are planned for Stowey Road, Yatton.

A PLANNING application which could see 60 homes being built on fields in Yatton has been submitted to North Somerset Council, leading campaigners to accuse a housing developer of ‘ignoring’ people’s views.

Read more
Bristol Airport.

A MAN has been charged with making a bomb hoax at Bristol Airport and will appear in court this morning (Tuesday).

Read more

Dismaland

Dismaland
All the latest news on Dismaland and Banksy here


Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition today E-edition


Somerset's trusted business finder