So, being diabetic (type 1) is challenging. Add in pregnancy, and I go into hyper mode!
So I am 14 weeks pregnant. The last 10 weeks have been challenging in getting situated with doctors. I think I blogged earlier about my frustrating encounter with a “specialist” here in town? If not, I can’t go into it. I was FURIOUS and really did not respond well.
Needless to say, I took my care into my own hands for a short while before reconnecting with a doctor almost 3 hours north of us. In that time, I was able to bring my A1c from an 8.1 down to a 6.3!!!!! Do you know how happy I was????? This revealed to me that I really do know HOW to take care of myself. I just need MOTIVATION to continue to take care of myself!
Right now, that motivation is obvious: I want this baby to be healthy! I know I need to be healthy to help baby be healthy!
Post-birth, the first few months are obviously motivating as well: stay healthy so I can take care of baby. Then…life gets overwhelming.
So I ask, please pray for me throughout this pregnancy. Pray for me come December (baby is due December 18, but will join us around December 11) that I can balance a newborn, a 23-month-old, and my health! Pray for our finances so that I will be able to maintain using the insulin pump that is so beneficial for helping me monitor my glucose levels and insulin dosages 24 hours a day!
Pray for my emotional well-being. I have struggled with Depression on and off the last decade or so, and know that will hit me hard after the baby comes. Pray that I am diligent in awareness of red flags and triggers, and will get help right away as soon as I suspect those triggers are creeping in again.
In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work with my endocrinologist, will meet the new “specialist” that is an hour away, will be seeing my OB twice a month, and will be preparing our home for the arrival of baby #2. Thankfully, I have a couple weeks off of work so that I can start to tackle these projects and plan out my schedule for when I do go to back to work (Seriously, I just typed “go back to bed…” think I am tired????).
As challenging as it is to live with type 1 diabetes, I am thankful for the care and provision the Lord brings. I know this illness has been a part of developing me into who I am today, and so I press on. Maybe, some day, there will be a cure. Or a long-term fix easier than an insulin pump. I am reading of more and more bionic pancreas operations and options, so hopefully those become more mainstream and affordable! We shall see!