Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses lead the way to excellence

7-year-old Carter and Lynn Estacio, BSN, RN

The parents of 7-year-old Carter were one of many families who nominated Lynn Estacio for Nurse of the Year. Carter is pictured with Lynn.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, we are honoring our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses in many ways.

Day in and day out, each and every one of them demonstrates excellence — excellence in patient care, leadership, mentoring and furthering nursing science through evidence-based practice and research. I am so proud of the many accomplishments of our nurses!

Recognizing the excellence of our nurses extends far beyond me. Each year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an opportunity for readers to …Click here to continue reading

Signs of juvenile diabetes may be hard to catch if parents don’t know what to look for

Signs of juvenile diabetes can be hard to catch

Take notice if your child develops an insatiable thirst.

There is little information in the community about diabetes in children, so catching the signs may be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Children with undiagnosed diabetes can become very sick very quickly.

Trust your intuition. Often, after diagnosis families look back and say, “Yup, that was happening. I knew something wasn’t right.”

Sometimes the symptoms are so vague that parents can’t clearly identify a …Click here to continue reading

Day 1 pediatric diabetes care now available at our specialty clinic in Neenah

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specialty clinic in Neenah, Wis.

Our specialty clinic located in Neenah, Wis., is a convenient option for many families.

Imagine a doctor telling you your child has diabetes. What happens next is a dizzying mix of tests, consults and education. You are transported from knowing virtually nothing about diabetes to having the responsibility of closely managing your child’s care. And, until recently, I would have added the stress of traveling from the Fox Valley with your sick child to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for your 7 a.m. “Day 1” diabetes class.

As a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Neenah, Wis., I see more and more families receiving this diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the diagnosis is type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Living with diabetes isn’t easy. But now that all pediatric diabetes care, …Click here to continue reading

Why your child’s diabetes care requires a motivated team and a game plan

Cara is a 13-year old figure skater.

Cara is a 13-year old figure skater.

As a nurse practitioner at our Diabetes and Endocrine Clinic in Neenah, Wis., I have the privilege of providing diabetes care to Cara — a 13-year old figure skater. She eats a healthy diet, exercises and tries hard to get plenty of rest. But she struggles with fitting it all in while maintaining good grades in school.

I asked Cara, “Who’s on your diabetes team?” Listing people who could help her manage her diabetes was a great reminder that she is not …Click here to continue reading

We scream for ice cream

Thursday, July 26, is Miracle Treat Day, and proceeds from Blizzard sales at participating Dairy Queen stores will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Girl eating Blizzard

Children’s Hospital champion Brea enjoying her Blizzard on Miracle Treat Day 2011.

My name is Jerry Schiefelbein. I’m the operator of three local Dairy Queen stores. I’m asking you to join me for Miracle Treat Day which supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

I’m happy to participate in this great event to help out a hospital that has helped my family. Our community is lucky to have one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. My daughter, Nicole, was a patient at Children’s for 10 years with type-1 diabetes. The care and education she and our family received was second to none. She is doing great to this day. We are very appreciative to the doctors, nurses and support staff for …Click here to continue reading

How I received special treatment from Donald Driver and the Packers

Donald Driver

Jordan Miller with Donald Driver

I am so happy that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to meet Donald Driver and other Packers players earlier this month at the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. I will never forget it.

I was picked because I go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin often because I have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 4 years old. If I’d never been diagnosed, I never would have been able …Click here to continue reading