MINOCQUA - When complications from type 1 diabetes threatened 6-year-old Hannah Grzejka's [Jay-ka's] life, her big sister knew just what to do.
Juvenile diabetes requires constant monitoring to keep under control and even then, blood sugar can drop dangerously and require immediately action.
Thankfully for Hannah, her 9 year-old sister was ready when things took a turn for the worse on the bus ride home.
"I was feeling a little bit bad," says Hannah Grzejka.
"I said, 'Do you feel low or high?' and she said 'I think I'm low' so then I gave her a glucose tablet," says Hailey Grzejka.
And that action, may have saved Hannah's life.
"My heart just stopped [when the school called me] because I guess Hannah was about at 50, which is really low, and if it would have went any further, she probably would have went into a seizure... It's a good thing Hailey caught it," says Dawn Grzejka, the girls' mother.
Like a good big sister, Hailey has always kept a close eye on Hannah, and from an early age has soaked in information about her sister's serious condition.
"It makes me feel scared because she can pass out and she can die while she's passed out," says Hailey.
But in good, big sister fashion, Hailey put years of learning into action.
"Mom's been doing this since Hannah was two, [when she was diagnosed] so I've been watching this since 2005," says Hailey.
"I've told Hailey, if your sister goes low on the bus, this is what you do... And she listened! I'm very proud of her," says Dawn.
While Hannah's diabetes likely won't ever be cured, and will require continuous careful monitoring, their mother knows she has another pair of watchful eyes, ready to help.
"Even if they're playing outside, she'll come in and tell me, 'Hannah's not feeling good', or 'Hannah looks funny' She does keep a really good watch on her sister," says Dawn.
On May 8th Arbor Vitae Woodruff elementary will hold a 'Walk to Cure Diabetes' supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you'd like to support the walk you can turn in donations to the school by Friday May 4th.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials say they're going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year.
The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency's website. Hunters also can submit a photo of themselves with their turkeys.
The agency will send the certificates out electronically within a few weeks of receiving the information.
The certificate program will run during both the spring and fall hunts.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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