My youngest little girl, Lily, is experiencing the “terrible twos” to the fullest! She’s not a little girl that throws tantrums all the time — she’s actually pretty mellow and sweet. What’s driving me crazy is that she’s getting into everything! Every time I turn around, she’s dumped the cat food on the floor, pulled every item of clothing out of her drawers and thrown them on the floor, or colored all over the walls. One of her new favorite pranks is to put toilet paper in the sink, so she can clog it up and watch the water rise. She’s dropped TV remotes in the toilet, put bread in the fish tank, filled our phones with random pictures, and erased files on my computer. She is an absolute tornado!
Lately, we have a new worry — her apparent fascination with Kaitlyn’s type 1 diabetes supplies. She loves to find Kaitlyn’s glucose meter and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system and pretend that she’s a big girl, just like Kaitlyn. She pulls out the lancing device (thank goodness she hasn’t learned how to use it yet!), and she loves to press the buttons on the meter and CGM. It’s only a matter of time before she’ll drop them in her water-filled sink or input a fictional blood sugar number to calibrate the CGM system. That could be dangerous if we were relying on those numbers to let us know where Kaitlyn’s blood sugar was! I’m just grateful that there is no way Lily can get to Kaitlyn’s pump, since it never leaves her body.
It’s getting to be a real problem, and we’re realizing that we’re going to have to make some changes in order to keep these items out of Lily’s reach. The challenge is to find a place to store them that will be accessible enough to Kaitlyn, my husband, and me, but away from where Lily can reach or climb to them. I can no longer keep them on my nightstand or on the ledge of Kaitlyn’s bed. We can’t leave them lying on the couch or the kitchen table. It’s going to take some practice and discipline, but we’ve decided on two secure places that we can keep them — on Kaitlyn’s dresser in her room or on the counter by the fridge in the kitchen. Both places are low enough for Kaitlyn to reach and convenient to get to, but completely away from where Lily can go. An added benefit is that we’ll always know where they are! No more searching through the house to find them!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.