The staff at Bronson really helped us feel confident when we came home

Amanda Strayer, patient's mom

Nine-year-old Jaydon Strayer is like lots of kids — he spends his free time jumping on the trampoline, digging in the dirt or going fishing. Recently, he added a not so fun part to his day-to-day activities after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “His blood sugar was really high. His pediatrician sent us right to Bronson Children’s Hospital to check in,” says Jaydon’s mom, Amanda. During the two days Jaydon spent in the hospital, his care team helped keep him comfortable and provided distraction. They also guided the family on how to manage Jaydon’s diabetes once they went home.

“They taught us how to do finger pokes, administer insulin, what to eat and what to do if his levels were too high,” explains Amanda. The family received a diabetes care kit, funded through Bronson Health Foundation. Jaydon and his parents also learned how to use a small device called Buzzy, which helps make getting shots with every meal just a little easier. “You put it where you are going to give the insulin shot, and it kind of tingles his arm. It confuses the brain as to where the poke is going to be. It’s helped out a lot. The staff at Bronson really helped us feel confident when we came home that we knew what to do. It’s been a lifestyle change for all of us.”

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