âMum, can I go up the street and play with so-and-so before dinner?â is a question many parents of primary age kids might be familiar with.
But for Molly Lucas, 10, she canât just âpop overâ for a play.
âHang on Molly, letâs see your sugar.â
âOh no youâre trending.â
âWhen was the last time you had sugar?â
âOk, letâs have something to eat first.â
âHold on two seconds, let me make sure youâve got a kit.
âYou know what, you can go in 10 minutes. I want to make sure your sugar turns around.â
Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Mollyâs life has been stripped of all spontaneity.
Her mum Kirsty tells Mamamia, itâs like living with a newborn again.
âItâs that constant forethought about what could happen in that next 10 minutes. Itâs like having a baby and not being able to leave the house without having the formula, the sterilised water, nappies, wipes, spare clothesâŠ.â
It also means less invites to sleepovers and parties, because other kidâs parents are too scared of the responsibility of Molly.
Of course, to a 10-year-old thatâs heartbreaking.
Here is a little clip of Molly and her mum, which they created for Diabetes NSW & ACT. Post continues after video.
âI hate diabetes, diabetes has ruined my life,â is a sentence Kirsty has heard her daughter sob more than once, since her diagnosis two years ago.
Molly has an insulin pump, itâs something her parents were able to get through health insurance to spare her from pin pricks every time she needs her glucose checked.