ARGOS — Imagine being 17 and having to take three insulin injections every day just to survive.
Now imagine being in third grade when you were diagnosed as a diabetic. Kala Williams of Argos Community Schools has a very special senior project. The week of Nov. 15-19 will be Diabetes Awareness Week at Argos Community Schools. During this week, the students will be able to get their blood sugar checked so they can be aware of their risks. If the current trend continues, one in three children will develop Diabetes.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Patty Hobbs of the American Diabetes Association of Marshall County will be speaking at the Argos High School auditorium. Not only will Hobbs be speaking about Diabetes, but Williams will also be offering free blood sugar testing for anyone who attends. This presentation is free and open to the public, everyone is encouraged to come.
“I have been diabetic for nine years and I have become very passionate about making people aware of Diabetes,” Williams said.
Her personal story is very compelling. Williams recalls, “It was Labor Day weekend when I was in third grade and my mom noticed I was thirsty, tired, and using the bathroom more than normal. She checked my blood sugar with my grandma’s machine and noticed it was high. So the next week, she took me to the family doctor and they diagnosed with me Type 1 Diabetes. I was then referred to Riley Hospital for Children, where I was admitted for a week.”
Williams takes three insulin shots a day and checks her blood sugar between three and six times a day. She checks her blood sugar around 7 a.m. and then eats breakfast. After breakfast, she takes an insulin injection, the amount of insulin depends on her blood sugar reading. She checks her blood sugar again at lunch. At supper, around 6 p.m. she checks it again and takes another injection. Then, around 10 p.m. she checks it yet again, eats a snack, and takes another injection. This injection, however, is always a set amount of insulin.
Helping Williams with this project is Argos School Nurse Melody Avery. Avery will be speaking to the students about diabetes during the week. During Williams’s presentation, Avery and Williams will also be available to answer any questions concerning diabetes.
For Williams, her project, Diabetes Awareness Week is very personal. Not only is Williams a diabetic but both of her grandmothers are diabetic too. Diabetes can be genetic or it can be caused by obesity. Some people have diabetes and don’t know it.
About her project Williams said,” It is my goal to have questions answered and offer glucose testing for people who wouldn’t normally have it checked. Prevention is the key.”