3:20pm Thursday 10th May 2012
MEET Cheshire’s ambassador for national diabetes charity Input.
Brave Lymm tot Daisy Nurse was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 17 months old and initially had to have two insulin jabs every day.
But the three-year-old’s life has been transformed after her parents Helen and Brett, of Masseybrook Lane, discovered an alternative way of controlling her condition.
An insulin pump now sits round her waist and means Daisy can eat what she wants, when she wants as long as the number of carbs the food contains is counted and programmed into the pump to release the correct amount of insulin.
It is a far cry from her original treatment from Warrington Hospital where the regime included feeding Daisy the same amount of food at the same time every day.
Mum Helen, aged 33, said: “She’s like a different child since she started using the pump.
“Before she would have highs and lows and would sit crying because she wouldn’t eat when she needed to but now those issues have gone.”
The couple, who are also parents to George, aged four, found the pump after searching on the internet and eventually had it fitted at Macclesfield Hospital in October last year.
Before that Daisy suffered three or four ‘hypos’ a day – when blood sugar levels fall – as well as seizures.
Helen added: “She was quite poorly when she was first diagnosed and nurses told us she was just one day away from going into a coma. All she wanted to do was drink water and she could drink five bottles in 90 minutes.
“I was sent home the day after she was diagnosed and just started crying. I had all these needles and a baby and didn’t know what to do. It was horrible, I couldn’t get control with the old regime.”
One of the biggest changes so far for Daisy was being able to enjoy cake and other sweet treats at her birthday party last month. In the past Helen would have to take sugary items away.
She added: “When she was first diagnosed you don’t think to question the treatment and just accept what you’re told.
“It is lovely that Daisy has been chosen as a success story and it’s great for other parents to see how it works.”
The couple, who run their own corporate video production business, are looking forward to making other parents aware of the pump at a roadshow in Chester next Saturday, May 19.
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