School copes with diabetic students

19/Nov/2013

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Ballajura Community College Year 8 student Steven Lean (14) with his insulin pen and community nurse Margaret Imeson. Ballajura Community College Year 8 student Steven Lean (14) with his insulin pen and community nurse Margaret Imeson.

WORLD Diabetes Day on Thursday, November 14, was significant for Ballajura Community College (BCC) which has the highest number of students with type 1 diabetes in Western Australia.

The eight BCC students from years 7 to 11 living with the condition were recognised with more than 100 staff and students forming a human circle symbolising unity of the global diabetes community.

Student Steven Lean, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August, said he was shocked there were seven other students living with the same condition.

“Before I was diagnosed I was sick for two weeks with the flu, I was drinking heaps, not eating as much and going to the toilet more,” he said.

“When I was diagnosed I was frustrated and asked ‘why me?’

“I’ve had to change my eating habits and check my blood sugar levels five times a day, which is annoying.”

To cope with the number of students living with the condition nurse Margaret Imeson said staff were educated by Diabetes WA and student action plans were available on the school intranet.

“Students all have their own equipment to test their blood sugar levels and administer their insulin,” she said.


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