Friday, September 23, 2016

1st Trimester and Diabetes

I found out that I was pregnant on January 16th. I couldn't believe it! We had just got permission to begin trying again and thought we would have a while until anything actually happened. Then BOOM! Just like that we were pregnant. 

I started researching what to do and realized there really isn't a ton of information out there for Type 1  diabetics about pregnancy. So, I went with the basics, eat right, get my blood sugars under control and begin making all of my appointments for my pregnancy. Appointments you ask, yes, appointments. I called my endo and they began making appointments for me for every 2 weeks until my due date. When I went to my OB they did the same thing. I immediately saw dollar signs flying away, but was thankful that we have good health insurance to help us out during this pregnancy. 

Once my appointments were made, I started looking for books about a healthy diet for pregnancy. I found a book at the library called What to Eat when you're Pregnant. Which was a week by week guide to help you know what things to grab and why. I was hooked, I love knowing why we should eat certain things and what it does for our bodies. It also helped me learn how to eat while pregnant with T1D. I started to eat according to the book and came across something that I didn't expect to, low blood sugars on a daily basis, and not even low blood sugars in the 50's and 60's but low blood sugars in the 30's and 40's. 

Did I mention that the lows were worrisome for me as well because all I was craving was carbs. I couldn't even handle looking at meat without wanting to vomit. The hubs and I had a business trip down south and while he went to work I went to Disneyland specifically for cotton candy, begnies, and a cheese flatbread. Yes, I was eating the things my book told me to eat, but I definitely was throwing in way more carbs than I usually did. I thought hey, I'm eating for two now lets load up. especially because I was losing some weight rather than putting it on. 

At my next appointment I talked with my doctor about it. We instantly began making adjustments to my basals right away. She mentioned that the lows worried her because there isn't a lot out there to show what low blood sugars do to babies in utero and so we wanted to make sure that those were taken care of before we started worrying about the high blood sugars that were going to come. We dropped my basal rates and paid attention to trends with my Dexcom. 

What I learned in the first trimester was I was a high risk pregnancy, I needed to keep watching my blood sugars closely, and eating what I wanted was a thing of the past. Be sure to check out my next post about my second trimester. 

Meet My Newest Family Member

I haven't written anything in awhile due to my pregnancy. Not because I didn't want to write, but being Type 1 and prepping for a baby is a lot of work. Now, that our newest family member is here I hope to write about my experience being pregnant with Type 1 diabetes. But until then, I wanted to introduce you to my newest family member.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Other Half of Diabetes - Day 2

 The Other Half of Diabetes - Tuesday 5/17 Link List.
We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)

I love this topic! Thank you to whoever chose it! 

Diabetes is...

Exhausting, difficult, overwhelming, time consuming, out of left field, day to day, and always changing. I feel like I could go on and on about all the feels that come with living with diabetes. It's a rollercoaster. For the most part it doesn't consume me, but then there time when it does. The late night lows from an overcorrection, the random highs that come out of nowhere. You can never predict what is going to happen. But when I do get right I'm like...

Now that I am pregnant it's a little harder to brush off the bad days. All I think about now is how my blood sugars are affecting his development? Does he feel how I feel when my sugars are out of line? It's not just about me anymore, it's about someone else too. It's a little more consuming now. I can't go an hour without checking my sugars or checking what directions my sugars are going on my CGM. It's not as much in the back of my mind now and it's draining. But just like before I have to take it a day at a time and remember there is always tomorrow to get it right.

I just keep reminding myself of that. Because tomorrow could be a better day. Everything could go as planned and I can feel better about my disease then. To those of you that are letting diabetes get the best of you, just remember to take it a day at a time.  And when you need a good laugh at diabetes just check out diabetes memes like these.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Message Monday - Day 1 of Diabetes Blog week

Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)

My name is Daley and I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 18. I had just moved away from home for the first time ever and knew absolutely nothing about diabetes. I just knew it wasn't good. I felt really alone and was completely overwhelmed with everything I was having to learn. 

It took some time for me to feel brave enough to share my story and my life with diabetes, but the more that I did, the more I realized how little people knew about the diabetes world. Now, I can honestly say I don't know everything about diabetes, but I know enough about my diabetes to help spread awareness. And that' s the basic goal about my blog is that it could help people learn a little about diabetes and help others living with diabetes not feel so alone.