WRALL baseball player copes with diabetes diagnosis

awoolen@macon.comMay 1, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Austin Knight used to be afraid of shots. Now he’s giving them to himself to the tune of four a day.

Austin, a fifth-grader at Bonaire Elementary School, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in December.

His father, Mark Knight, said they took him to a med stop on a Thursday and by that Sunday evening, he ended up being hospitalized for five days.

“At first I didn’t know a whole lot about it,” Mark Knight said.

Austin, who has been playing baseball since he was 3, wasn’t about to give up on sports.

He plays second base and outfielder for the major league A’s at Warner Robins American Little League.

He carries around a machine to monitor his blood sugar, but normally he can tell if his blood sugar is getting low or high.

“He just pricks his finger, and it tells him,” Knight said.

Only once so far has he had to leave a game early due to the disease.

Sometimes he feels worn out, but he is pretty self-sufficient when it comes to choosing what he eats. His father said he didn’t drink a lot of sodas, but now he drinks much more water.

Austin is the one who tells his parents what he can and can’t eat, and he can’t eat a lot of carbohydrates and sweets.

“He takes care of it,” Knight said.

The 11-year-old also played basketball in the winter for the Perry Parks and Recreation Department.

During a game Thursday against the Phillies, Austin had a hit and scored a run.

Right now, Austin isn’t playing travel ball but during the summer, he and his father expect to be continuing with baseball.

“We’ll have to see how that affects him,” Mark Knight said.

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