Sunday, September 7, 2008

Where I've Been

Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I last wrote here. It's been so long that I actually forgot my Blogger password and had to do the password e-mail dance this morning, begging for entry.

So, where have I been? In a nutshell, I graduated in June and about to embark on my new career. This past year was busy, but worth it for a chance to do something that I think I'm going to love.

Oh, and I got married last month. It was a perfect day from beginning to end. It was raining in the morning as we were getting ready, but I was uncharacteristically calm throughout my hair and make-up session and kept saying, "I know it's going to stop." And sure enough it did stop raining about an hour before the ceremony and stayed clear just long enough for outdoor pictures afterward. I wore my pump under my gown and used my remote control to bolus throughout the day and no one was any the wiser; although I have to say that using the washroom was comical, trying to keep the skirt and train of my dress AND the pump out of the way.

And we had an amazing honeymoon in Mexico, despite it being ridiculously hot and humid at this time of year. We spent most of our time by the pool, which was another interesting pump adventure for me being that it was my first time in a bathing suit since I started using my pump two years ago. Also, I think my insulin went funky in the heat on our third day there. I had perfect bg in the morning, then all of a sudden after lunch it spiked to 26 (468) and I couldn't do anything to bring it back down. When I had an inkling that it might be overheated insulin, I changed my set and reservoir and by late evening it settled back down to where it should be. An annoying disturbance, but our vacation was still fantastic overall!

Now, you may be wondering why am I back here posting all of a sudden after such a prolonged absence. Actually, there were many times throughout the past year that I meant to write something, then a pesky school assignment or lesson planning would get in the way, so it was always put on the back burner. But now that we are back from our honeymoon and settling back into "real life", we are planning for the next step in our future... expanding our little family.

I guess I am here to reach out to those in the Diabetes OC who have experienced pregnancy as a diabetic - and I want to be clear, I want to hear both sides, the good AND not-so-good. I have read all the articles about what to do before getting pregnant; have a good A1C and maintain it, yadda yadda yadda... I suppose I just want to hear more "real" stories about how it really went down for some women, not just doctors spouting what should be done.

I know I haven't been around in a while and most of you have likely forgotten who the heck I am, but I know there are some great people out there with sound words of advice, so this is the first place I'm turning to. What do you have to say, Diabetes OC?


Kassie said...

Congratulations on your graduation, wedding, and job! That was certainly a busy summer!

I went through two pregnancies with diabetes - one was well planned and my blood sugars were well within the guidelines of the time, and the other was a surprise with an A1c at conception high enough to prompt my endo to ask if I'd consider terminating the the pregnancy. I wouldn't, and now have two healthy and wonderful sons.

Most of my story is in my book, a used copy of which you can usually get very cheaply on Amazon (When You're a Parent with Diabetes). "Diabetes Diary" and "Managing the Sweetness Within" have lots of diabetes/pg info, obviously. There are some yahoo groups for women with type I diabetes (positive diabetic pregnancies is one) and there is, where a whole range of women with a whole range of experiences post.

Good luck!!

Lyrehca said...

Thanks to Kassie for the blog mention. I was going to say I chronicled the actual pregnancy with type 1 in my archives from August 2006-April 2007, if you want to read the week-by-week. Good luck. I'm about to gear up for round two, so I'll hopefully be writing about the same topic again.

LORI said...

Thank you, Kassie and Lyrehca, for pointing me in the right direction!!

Bernard said...


Welcome back and many congratulations on your wedding. I'm glad to hear the rain held off for the outdoor stuff, God was watching out for you.

You may also find some useful stuff on diabetes and pregnancy by using the diabetes search engine. I wish you many blessings in tackling that challenge.

Anonymous said...

hi everyone. i thought you'd like to see something my daughter just sent me. it's a video link for people like me who are on medicare and have diabetes. i don't know about you, but all those other commercial make me feel like i did something wrong. this one is so cute. they treat us like its no big deal.