November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. So here at JNJ Parents, we’re bringing you three personal stories of families for whom diabetes is a part of daily life. Kerri Sparling was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was six years old, and now has a little one of her own. For Kerri, that has made things a little tricky as she manages her diabetes on a daily basis.
When Birdy was a little baby, I didn’t have to worry too much about what she was able to get her little mitts on, because she was either happily in my arms or happily napping in her crib pretty much all the time. Keeping my diabetes bits and pieces out of her reach was easy, considering how limited her reach was. My main concerns were keeping my pump infusion set and my tubing away from her sometimes-flailing limbs. (There was a time that I was feeding her and she kicked my site loose from my abdomen with her teeny toes. Powerful little thing with well-aimed kicks!)
Once she was crawling and exploring her world a bit more, I became hyper-aware of how many test strips were littering certain parts of my home (somehow, there is always a cache of them right next to the garbage cans, as if I can only get so close to tossing them in properly) and tried to keep my daughter from putting them in her mouth.