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LIVINGLIVING

The children come to work with the

horses, but at the same time learn

about living with diabetes. - Kerie

Coutts

"

A view of the inside of the converted pig hut.

Lessons were learned by the team over

time, and the events, courses, education,

enlightenment - whatever you call it,

threw up some interesting aspects. "We

began to understand that we needed to

stop the parents from interfering, doing

things for their kids - they needed to do it

for themselves."

Looking back, Coutts says, "In the

beginning, one of the things we didn't

expect was that the parents when they

had time together and were not with the

children, would start exchanging coping

strategies with each other. They offloaded

- sometimes ranting, occasionally crying.

They got to see that it was all okay, it was

healthy to do this. Meanwhile, the kids

had to muck out the horses and had to

groom them."

PPEDS has been going now for

26 years. At the moment, a diagnosis

of diabetes is for life. According to

Coutts, "That life is now going to involve

repetition, repetition, repetition. They

need to understand that and accept it.

We've had children come to stay with

us who've never had a sleepover. Here,

they are able to make friends, friends who

also understand what it's like to live with

diabetes. Ideally, we like to get children to

come on one of our courses within the

first three years of having been diagnosed.

We found that after that point, bad habits

and even a bad attitude may have set

in. They often feel defeated, resigned or

they've been spoilt by their parents who

do everything for them."

At the beginning of any event, the

team meet and greet the guests. If any

set of parents is seen carrying everything

and the kid is not carrying anything, they

are asked to put everything back in the

car and for each person to carry their own

stuff. The child with diabetes is asked to

keep their diabetes kit with them and

take responsibility for themselves. "I used

to say to them, they have diabetes but

there's nothing wrong with their arms!",

says Coutts. She also notes that, "We

found that we needed course leaders that

were not obsessive about the numbers,

the factor that I found it made sense to

keep my levels a little high in order to

stay safe when working in the yard with

the horses, an attitude that is pragmatic

based on the situation."

Looking ahead

Says Coutts, "The future aim is to have

a nurse on hand for each course to help

out with discussing things like insulin

ratios, and also a psychologist too.

Attending a course isn't just about the

animals and is not just about diabetes.

There's local woods to enjoy and places

for the children to play as long as they

have some sort of glucose with them -

not their mum running after them saying,

'I've got it darling, don't worry.' We can't

have that happening."

Like every other business, and charity,

work needs to be done to keep things

going. The latest venture is a campsite

on the land, Morelands Copse Camping.

Any profit from that will help to fund future

PPEDS events. As a charity, it is in need

of funding and support as well as being

keen to raise awareness of the project for

those that would benefit from attending it.

www.ppeds.co.uk

continued over

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