Friday, June 14, 2013

What Helps.

Being pregnant while trying to wrangle blood sugars, blood pressure levels, morning ketones, food, boluses that seem too huge to be right, and everything else that comes with diabetes-while-gestating can feel really overwhelming sometimes.

But you know what helps me a whole lot?

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My online friends who have either been down this road before, are going through it right now, or have supportive and wonderfully encouraging things to say (derived from compassion, not necessarily personal experience) when I post pictures like this.

They help the scary seem not quite so very.

(By the way, that bolus was for 64 carbs. Third trimester insulin requirements are no joke.)

15 comments:

  1. One time, and I mean only one time, an endo gave us a useful piece of advice. She said the words, "whatever works". There was something so freeing in those words, and it enabled a letting go one must have with type 1. It seems things are in such flux, or once you get it figured there is a change. So we must do whatever works. Maybe that does not make sense. But it's sure been helping me for a few years:)

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  2. I'm terrified just looking at that -- 32 units for 64 carbs?!

    Seriously, I don't know how you (meaning women with T1 and a child in-utero in general, not you specifically Kim) do it... but it's amazing that you do. Just incredible.

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  3. Praise God for the pump!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine having to do all this via injections? You're doing great Kim!

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  4. 3rd Trimester for me was the same way...I was worried I was going to get to a 1:1 ratio or even worse! But I think 1:2 was the lowest ratio (or is it highest ratio? Whatever, I suck at math terms) I ever got to. Hang in there! Just wait until the day (in the hours after) you give birth and take NO insulin all day but have a steady sugar of like 75-80, even if you eat something. That was me. It was weird! I ate cookies :) ~Rhonda

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  5. I'm already a 1:5 carb ratio WITHOUT a bun in the oven. God can only imagine what my 3rd tri will require...if I ever have a baby. =) I like the mantra "whatever it takes".

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  6. Seeing that number is scary but whatever it takes is right! I'm 33 weeks and 1:2 ratio for breakfast so I feel your pain. I've tripled my pre-pregnancy TTD already. But I can honestly say (while knocking on wood), at 33 weeks the numbers have kind of evened out. No crazy highs (unless I eat alot of ice cream) and no scary lows. So it makes me feel like the end is in sight! And it is for both of us!
    Like Rhonda said, I can't wait til I deliver and have to take no insulin for a day or 2...heaven!

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    1. I'm right there with you - not a lot of real highs or lows, unless I totally muck up a carb count somewhere. Which is a nice change!

      I'm calling Thin Mints.

      :)

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  7. Not only can you do this, you ARE doing this. I'm cheering you on every day. Promise!

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  8. dang, girl! that's some serious insulin.

    so excited for you and proud, too! ;)

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  9. I remember refilling cartridges before the cannula had properly settled in. Oh, the joys of DWG (diabetes whilst gestating). :) You're doing great!!

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  10. Back in '90 when I was dealing with DWG (love that term!), pumps were unheard of, and Humalog and CGMs were still dreams. When I was in my 3rd trimester, I was crushed when faced with the sheer size of the 100u syringe, which did NOT come with a superfine needle!

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  11. Yeah, girl, I so wish I had a CGM when I was having my babies. But there's one thing I gotta say: technology makes this somewhat bearable, it does NOT take the hardship away. That's the job of the spirit alone. Keep up the great work, keep blogging, and keep inspiring the world!

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  12. Very glad to read this post of your. Really great that it helps you a lot. Im a fan of your blog. Keep positive spirits alive!

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  13. Weird that a comment is showing up six months after a post, right? :) I'm just going back and reading your pregnancy posts and I wanted to thank you for them. I'm sure I'll be rereading them again and again over the next several months.

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    1. I missed the news - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :)

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