Christopher, your orginal post was well over a month ago, but here's my "story" in regards to your first two posts (education and nurses). My elementary, middle, and high schools had NO nurses! I know since I had a low once in first grade and my teacher had to get a girl to run to the cafeteria and get me juice and my mom had to come, in middle school I was an "office aid" and when people got hurt, they were sent to what seemed like an abandoned room with one bed, a first aid kit, and plenty of ice, and in high school I completely tore my ACL, and I was told to sit down outside of the principle's office and wait for my dad... no nurse... ever! As for diabetes education... even worse. In the beginning of every school year, I would always check the index of my science textbooks and check for "diabetes." Very little information was on it, and most of the time, the teachers never even bothered to go through those sections... not even when i was in the university. I was also dissapointed in a nutrition class I took because the professor only spoke about type 2 diabetes and as always, ended EVERY single lecture about how fat everyone is (seriously, she only spoke about the population getting obese, and she thought she had to lose weight eventhough her bones were visible... quite disturbing).
Well, that's my input. From this, i can def. see why people easily confuse type 2 with type 1... it's just not mentioned in school like it should be. Also, when watching the news, headlines always say diabetes, and sometimes when the actual report comes out, they fail to distinguish which of the two they are refering to (although most of the time it's for type 2). Okay, I'm getting off the subject matter here, so I'll stop, but I hope this helped???
take care and good luck on your research!
Thanks so much for your comments, sadly your story is becoming quite common, there are many factors that lead to the lack of full time nurses in schools all over the world (I am based in Canada), many of the reasons get tangled up in funding or lack thereof. A school nurse can demand a salary of between $40,000 - $60,000 so even though having a full-time nurse means quicker medical attention for sick kids, budget constraints mean that having one is now a luxury, not a necessity. I don't think this will change in the near future so what are the alternatives?
In some states in the US, as an alternative to having nurses on campus full time, teachers and aids are trained and taught to administer the treatment. This seems a very good idea initially, basic diabetes care can be provided by the most illiterate of people so why not? Well, there are many reasons I do not agree with this alternative measure. One of which is in regard to the subtle complications of many childhood illnesses (such as diabetes), they require professionally trained and skilled individuals, nurses are lifesavers, they are not part-time healers and as such I fell that they need to be an integral part to any school system.
I wonder if local hospitals could join with their closest schools to share resources?
Your concerns about the troubles people have differentiating between type 1 + 2 are interesting, I know that the JDRF a few years ago were investing a chunk of its awareness campaign dollars into creating a “series of materials” to educate the public about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 but obviously more needs to be done.
I fear that the attention span of the general public is getting shorter and shorter. As a challenge, how would you sum up the difference (in one sentence or in a relatively small amount of bullet points) between type 1 + 2 to our continuously restless and impulsive fellow public?
You also mentioned that all your nutrition lectures ended with talks about weight? When you think about it, weight issues are broadcasted everywhere you look nowadays, from advertising, the media, even doctors promote a thin build over a heavy one, it must get oppressive for kids. Do you think weight and health are related?
Thanks for your imput Ruth :o)