Thursday, May 7, 2009

Little beasts and monsters...

Let's just say I have been unbelievably busy lately. It's sometimes completely amazing how many things get thrown at us at a time. Of course, I am realistic enough to know that things could get a lot worse, and that there are probably lots of people that have things going on that are much worse than around here...

Anyway, we have all been sick for about 2 weeks now. The two little ones were finally getting over it this past weekend and then D ended up getting an ear infection! Ear infections are ugly little beasts.

Last week I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Which is also quite an ugly beast. I really had no clue how much was involved with diabetes. I thought it was just all about sugar consumption. I was so wrong! It's a huge complicated monster!! It has to do mainly with carbs. I have to measure everything out, or weigh it out and count the carbs... and follow guidelines about how many veggie (non-starchy and starchy)/fruit/meat/grain servings... Ugh. It can be horribly confusing and complicated.

And the testing... you have to test in the morning before you eat anything, then 2 hours after each meal... you can have snacks in between and at bedtime, but not until after you wait 2 hours after Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner to test... And seriously, I have been absolutely STARVING!! The first hour after eating is not bad, but after that... it is really hard to wait out those 2 hours to test my blood sugar before getting to eat that snack. It would probably be a little easier to handle if I wasn't pregnant and starving all the time!

The most unbelievable thing I have found so far is that one *small* order of french fries constitutes one *entire* meal of carbs!!

I can't imagine how hard it must be for people who have to do this every day for the rest of their lives. Let alone parents who are trying to control diabetes in their children. It's almost an overwhelming task to do it for myself... It requires a lot of willpower and a lot of diligence. I have a newfound respect and empathy for those who have to deal with this ugly monster!

7 comments:

becky @ misspriss said...

Oh, i feel for you. i went thru GD too and it was so frustrating. It was worth it to make sure my babe was healthy, but it's so crazy.

My docs only had me measure 1 hr after meals. maybe you could tell them the trouble you're having and see if they can adjust your target numbers for 1 hr instead of 2? Worth a shot.

April said...

My 10 year old has diabetes and he has to do all that plus get AT LEAST 4 shots a day. He is use to it though. It's been 9 years since he was diagnosed.
It does still suck real bad though. Hope you and your family get to feeling better real soon.

MoonNStarMommy said...

I had GD with Kaedyn (my youngest) and I ended up playing around a lot. I actually found out that I got better test scores if I ate like I normally did ... that usually doesn't work. LOL... but I found out that even though I *would* eat completely out of the guidelines *at times* that it didn't effect me much, and the stress of worrying about it ALL THE TIME made my blood sugars worse. Go figure. So eventually, I just stopped testing all the time, and would test in the morning - for sure - but would test once in awhile during the day 2 hours after I ate - just so I knew I was okay ... I don't suggest it, but it worked for me.

Nut Nut said...

Wow - I can't imagine having to worry about all that plus be pregnant plus take care small ones at the same time! I deem you super mommy! That would drive me mad because I was always hungry when I was pregnant. I hope you get through the next month and a half without too many frustrations!

Suzie said...

That is no fun. I think I ate the whole time I was preggers two hours is a long pregant time

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Hey, I must have missed your news about being pregnant. Congratulations! I'm sorry you have gestational diabetes, though. I agree, it sounds like a lot of work. I had a childhood friend with diabetes.

anymommy said...

Yikes. Here I was all worried about it and you have to deal with it. That sounds difficult and very frustrating. Good thing you are in the home stretch!

 
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