Thursday, May 26, 2011

P-Day: May 9, 2011

All of my anxiety,
all of my stress, worries
time, energy and irritation writing everything 
blood sugars, food, carbs, insulin
exercise, how i'm feeling, 
all of that I wrote down from
March 8th until now. 

I've had my Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pump
the Paradigm 723 
in my hands for a few weeks. 
I looked at some stuff, but then would get so nervous
I'd stop. 
Then I had a problem with the battery and being out of student mode
so I actually couldn't play with it for a while. 

I met with my fabulous pump educator Peggy and
this dietitian who will remain nameless
that I did not care for.
Throughout the entire time writing stuff down
each week, 
when I met with the dietitian 
all she did was criticize what I was eating. 
She picked and poked for example:
15g of Strawberries.. she would ask me, well how did you know how much 15g were?
I told her I looked off the worksheet she gave me
She then of course told me I was doing it wrong and 
how I should do it. 

well it seemed like that. 
At this point I was exhausted, working and trying to keep up with the energy
that I didn't have
and on top of that, I had this weird thing 
where at night time,
at first it was at like 2pm,
then mostly just after work.
I COULD NOT think about food,
I couldn't put foods together,
or plan how to make them
or prepare them. 

You say chicken, 
I'd have to try and think about where it would be in my house,
how to cook it, 
what to eat with it, 
how long it would take to cook,
I couldn't do it. 

So Austin started making all our meals at night time
bless his heart. 
From going to not cooking really, 
to making a whole grilled meal, 
spaghetti, seasoning meat with a side dish,
to making homemade mashed potatoes, 
My way. 

What a blessing to me. 

So after explaining to her this problem I am having, 
she then picked and poked at why I am eating this, or this and how 
I can change this, and then 
told me I need to stop eating Jack's frozen cheese pizza. 
I tried explaining to her, 
that was easy, bland, 
enough carbs and could be made by my love
of a husband is 13 minutes, 
and when I'm nauseous and ready to puke, it's great. 

I was so burned out by dealing with her
and all her changes that even my 
endocrinologist told me not to listen to.
And then came P-Day.

Pump Day. 
( my supplies on my vanity, pump, reservoir, Inserter, tubing with needle/cannula, Novolog(insulin), pen)
I knew this wasn't something I wanted to do without
having a reason. 
I am only doing this to help keep our baby
as safe and healthy as possible. 

So I went all day to learn about the different features,
basically learn how to 
treat my diabetes differently with more insulin
and keeping in mind I am already staying pretty low
she didn't want me doing anything or going anywhere without
juice and glucose tabs. 

( This is what is in me at all times. This is put under my skin, with the help of a needle
and this plastic thing is a cannula that the insulin goes into me with)

I was cold, nervous, 
sporting my first pair of maternity jeans
and scared. 
They told me to be prepared for numbers in the 
200's and that it will be okay for the baby.
I was terrified of seeing those numbers 
I had worked so hard to not see a number at or near 200 in months. 
I cried a couple times. 

( The set up)

Then the pump went on. 
It wasn't as painful as I thought,
I can feel it being in my skin. 
I can feel that tug each time I move and walk. 
I started having to take blood sugars, 
every 2 hours, before driving, when not feeling well, before meals at bedtime and a
11pm, 1am and 4am. 

or of course if I felt low. 
Which was about 80% of the first 3 days. 
I got acquainted with the pump
well within a day. 

( that friendly reminder, 2hr blood check)

So far these are the only positives. 
1. It lights up and is a great night light at nighttime.
2. Telling me what my last blood sugar was
when I can't remember,
3. The Alarm features. 
It's nice not to try and remember when to do things, or
when I need to wake up and take a BS. 

Baby, you are worth this. 
Mommy doesn't care for this pump thing
but she knows it is going to help you grow 
how you should. 
Mommy is trying, and please
forgive me if I have numbers that are out of my control. 

How I've been wearing it while in church, 
(hidden in the bra under a cardigan)

I love you already baby. Daddy and I can't wait to hear your
heart beat again, or feel you kick soon. 
Keep growing big and strong!

Love, Mommy

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