Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms.
26 years ago, only days after a miserably sugar-filled Halloween, I was in an emergency room being treated for Type 1 Diabetes. At only 8 years old, it was scary and confusing (almost as scary as this photo of me circa 1990 – gah!), not knowing what life had in store for me, or what parts of it would be lacking because of this metabolic disease. It was 1989 and the injection needles were long, the rules were blurry and the technology wasn’t advanced by any means. But, it was something. And for that, I am grateful. So very grateful.
Today, youth across the globe are still suffering from (what my kids call) a “broken pancreas.” In other words, Type 1 Diabetes. But, it’s amazing how it’s all evolved since 1989! With the help of pumps, injections, amazingly-accurate blood glucose monitors, and diet and exercise plans, kids today are able to live a next-to-normal life…having kids of their own and living to see grandkids and even great grandkids. And, you guys, we are so close to a cure. But until that day, there is exceptional care.
Thanks to the generous Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals, more than 900 kids a day get phenomenal care to help manage their Type 1 Diabetes.
Sudden weight loss was the first clue something wasn’t right with Payton. He was sent immediately to the pediatric intensive care unit and treated for a diabetic coma. Doctors prepared his family for the worst, saying he may not survive the night and would likely have brain damage if he did.
Caregivers at his Children’s Hospitall of Illinois were able to slowly bring down Payton’s sugar levels and eventually balanced out his pH. Miraculously, he gained strength to talk and had no signs of brain or organ damage.
There is no cure for those living with this high maintenance disease, which requires constant finger pricking and insulin injecting for the rest of his life. I respect this kid so much because he absolutely does not feel sorry for himself. Just like me, Payton is grateful that, with proper management, he can do anything anyone else can do.
To show support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by them each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June. Additionally, by purchasing Pampers products at your local Walmart, portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation. Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year.
I have been compensated for this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. All statistics and the Walmart gift card have been provided by P&G.