Getting to the underlying problem…

Covenant House Vancouver is always trying to support youth in getting their health back on track. Living on the streets really wears down both your emotional and physical self and we support our young people in seeking medical help often for the first time in a long time. If our youth need a prescription for a health concern we can help them to get it and pay for it. When youth are physically healthy it makes it easier for them to tackle other issues in their lives.

Below is a story about a young man who had some serious health issues that we were able to help him with:

A young lad came to the shelter a while back and he was stumbling and slurring his words and that kind of stuff. So we were wondering if he was under the influence or what was going on for this guy? So we did a quick assessment and started to realize something; we asked him what medication he’s on and as it turns out he was on insulin – he’s diabetic.

I asked him to quickly check his blood to see at what his blood sugar level was, or if he was needing any insulin. As it turns out his numbers were very, very, very high – hence the slurring of words and that kind of stuff. So I tried to call a taxi to try and get him to the hospital and decided that trying to get a taxi on a Friday night was far too difficult. So anyways, as it turns out the staff took him down there, he got in to see the doctor, they sorted him out, and he was on track once again.

Covenant House Vancouver is always trying to support youth in getting their health back on track. Living on the streets really wears down both your emotional and physical self and we support our young people in seeking medical help often for the first time in a long time. If our youth need a prescription for a health concern we can help them to get it and pay for it. When youth are physically healthy it makes it easier for them to tackle other issues in their lives.

Below is a story about a young man who had some serious health issues that we were able to help him with:

A young lad came to the shelter a while back and he was stumbling and slurring his words and that kind of stuff. So we were wondering if he was under the influence or what was going on for this guy? So we did a quick assessment and started to realize something; we asked him what medication he’s on and as it turns out he was on insulin – he’s diabetic.

I asked him to quickly check his blood to see at what his blood sugar level was, or if he was needing any insulin. As it turns out his numbers were very, very, very high – hence the slurring of words and that kind of stuff. So I tried to call a taxi to try and get him to the hospital and decided that trying to get a taxi on a Friday night was far too difficult. So anyways, as it turns out the staff took him down there, he got in to see the doctor, they sorted him out, and he was on track once again.

He came back to the shelter and went through the intake process and was being well taken care of. So I’m glad we were able to get that all under control and find out what the underlying problem was and that we made sure that his medical condition was back on track and that he was in a safe place. I mean, at 18 years old the guy needs help. So here we are. He needed our support. It’s good to know that we were able to meet all aspects of this young guy’s life.