Kody Pretasky was born prematurely weighing 3 lbs. 3 oz. In just under three weeks, he went home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit without any feeding or breathing tubes. That was enough to convince his parents, Kristin and Mark, that Kody was their little trooper and always would be.
At age 2½, Kody was presented with another challenge that would require attention the rest of his life—type 1 diabetes.
Kristin and Mark quickly learned how to monitor their son’s blood sugar levels and administer insulin. “Giving Kody shots at such a young age was so difficult and getting him to eat at specific mealtimes was a constant chore,” says Kristin.
Fortunately, the Pretaskys found all the support they needed from their family, the Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology team at Gundersen and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals).
“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals gave us meal vouchers when Kody was in the NICU, and helped cover the cost of diabetic supplies and expenses,” says Kristin.
When Kody was 3½ years old, CMN Hospitals helped fund an essential piece of equipment, an insulin pump. “Our day-to-day routine used to revolve around insulin shots and mealtimes. Now, Kody can eat when he wants to and do normal things like other kids. The insulin pump has been a lifesaver! We are so grateful to CMN Hospitals for their constant support.”
Kody, who will be a 6th grader, never lets diabetes stand in his way. His all-time favorite hobby is reading and he aspires to be an architect someday. His parents know their “little” trooper (now 5 feet 2 inches) has a bright future ahead.