Children and Diabetes

The pudgy-cheeked pup on the photo was born in Lugansk already during the war. Sasha very recently found herself in a hospital. They found diabetes, before that she was in emergency rooms three times.
Unfortunately, LPR diabetes problems have gotten much worse. The number of insulin-dependent patients is growing rapidly. What can one say. It all comes down to–“war”.
Now the kid has to take insulin shots. It’s issued for free (though they say there might be problems with deliveries of certain kinds before the New Year). But test strips or glucose meters are another story–parents have to buy those themselves. The girl can’t survive if her sugar can’t be monitored.
Initially one needs lots of strips. Usually a diabetic uses two packets a month. But newly diagnosed ones four or five…Test strips cost 1100 rubles per packet in Lugansk. Often much more.
And one must remember that the average LPR salary is about 5,000. Which is the entire income of Sasha’s family.
The girl’s mom is panicking, since she has no idea where to get the money. But they must find them–that’s the new reality. And in addition to the test strips, they have to buy food, pay for utilities.
We got them a glucose meter and some test strips, our friends delivered them to the hospital where Sasha is a patient.

But more help will be needed, until the family gets a handle on Sasha’s illness.
If she gets proper treatment, the girl will have a normal life.
It’s important to get the right type of insulin and have blood sugar measured in a timely manner.
My readers know what can happen to a diabetic during a war from the example of our blind heroine Vika.

Sasha’s medical history extracts.

And these are people we’ve cared for for a long time.
We’ve been helping Kristina with test strips since 2015, when the city had none to buy. The family was on the brink of despair. Thanks to my friends and readers, who literally deluged her with needles and test strips.
How she’s grown! She’s no longer a little girl! Unrecognizable, though she’s only 13.
Kristina’s diabetes was discovered prior to the war. She and her sister are adoptive children of wonderful parents.
We try to help her with test strips whenever we can.
These test strips were donated by my reader Sasha. He’s doing it not for the first time, by the way. He recently promised to deliver more!
Thanks, Sasha!

And this is our Nikita. He was diagnosed in 2016, and we’ve been helping him since. I remember when we first met: a pale, unsmiling surly dude who didn’t even want to lift his eyes to look at you. And look at him now!
I wrote about this family several times (click on the “Nikita-diabetes” tag at the bottom). The family has lived in the border zone on the “other” side, in Ukraine. They were forced to run and start their lives from nothing in Lugansk, as refugees.
Friends, I want to say that it’s a really big deal for diabetics to get test strips. This is a hard diagnosis. Diabetics need good nutrition, constant sugar monitoring. Their lives depend on it. Test strips sometimes vanish from shelves, then one has to run all over the city, therefore ideally one should have a reserve. But that’s complicated.

If you want to participate in our aid efforts for families of diabetics, please label contributions “diabetes”.
Thank you for your help and concern!

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