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Of course, when I think of a disease that goes undiagnosed, my mind immediately goes to type one diabetes. It goes undiagnosed, or more commonly, it is misdiagnosed. Reegan comes to mind.
Reegan Karice Oxendine was a toddler when she died in September 2013 from undiagnosed type one diabetes. She was sick from the age of 14 months, so her parents took her to the doctor many times. She was misdiagnosed with acid reflux disease and put on a prescription to treat it. It didn’t work and her condition worsened. She was finally taken to the emergency room where they checked her blood glucose. The test came back with a reading of over 1,000 mg/dL- ! She was air-lifted to the Children’s Hospital at UNC in Chapel Hill. Come to find out, her blood sugar levels had been at near fatal levels for at least 3 months – she died 2 months later.
It’s sad that this is still going on today. If more Dr.’s made a simple blood test part of the routine check up, maybe they would be able to catch it sooner, and could prevent them ending up in the hospital. – John Manganiello
The truth is, as Americans we like to think our medical community is on top of these things, but I’ve read account after account where young children succumb to type one diabetes. They don’t get diagnosed and begin treatment in time. Why does this happen?
There should be a law in place that says doctors MUST perform a simple blood test as part of the routine check up! It’s not pleasant to think of a blood draw, but it’s surely better than the alternative, isn’t it?
Today’s post is a reminder that there are children who go undiagnosed with not only type one diabetes, but many diseases that lead to horrific consequences down the line. It’s such a shame that there are not laws in place – not state by state, but from coast to coast here in America, that protect our children!
It’s my hope and prayer that these children will not be INVISIBLE and forgotten anymore. A case like Reegan’s should never happen! It’s unfathomable that she went undiagnosed for such a long time. Rest in Peace, sweet baby.
How many children have to fall through the proverbial cracks before we get smarter about the diagnosis process? Seriously – if laws need to be passed, let the passing begin because, it IS our future we’re talkin’ about here. If we really value life like we say we do… let’s FIX this! Jus’ sayin’… 🙂