Infertility and Pregnancy

Halfway Point.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 20, 2016 Tags: , 11 Comments

We’re a little over 20 weeks into this pregnancy, which means that I’m over halfway done baking (baking? brewing? percolating.) the new little Sparling.  The last twenty weeks have been busy: Doctors appointments.  There are many of these.  We started with the visits to the fertility clinic, where I had a lot of assessment visits and then, once we were…

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Healthcare Hamster Wheel.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 28, 2016 Tags: , , , 48 Comments

For the last few years, doctor’s appointments have felt like an exercise in “checking the boxes.”  Yeah, I called and made an appointment with my endocrinologist.  Yeah, I had my A1C drawn and the result was either given to me that day or a week later by way of calling the clinic.  Sure, I get weighed and we download my…

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Phone Call Shuffle.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By March 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

The appointment scheduling protocol sheet was long, but had all the right information and phone numbers for the different hospitals and specialists.  The hospitals are all part of the same group, so my information should be on file, in theory.  Should be easy enough to jump right in and start making phone calls. Lots of shoulds. “Hi, I’m a patient…

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One, Stupid High.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 23, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

On any average day, my glucose meter results are just mine. … mostly.  I worry about lows while I’m driving my daughter or traveling alone, but while a low might be witnessed by someone else, it’s my body that goes through the experience.  (Not to minimize the experience of watching diabetes from a distance; that’s a whole other post.)  The…

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Gimme a Beet!

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Beets haven’t always been top-of-preference for my palette.  I read somewhere that people either love the taste of beets or think they taste like dirt, and I used to be in the latter camp.  But these days, beets are most desirable and I am looking for a calendar dedicated entirely to them, preferably wearing suspenders … and only suspenders. Problem is,…

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Differences So Far.

Diabetic Mommy, Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 17, 2016 5 Comments

The differences between Kid 1 and Kid 2 will be stark, I’m sure, and it’s starting with their respective pregnancies.  This attempt is very different from my first in some ways, but refreshingly similar in others. There was morning sickness.  Not actively throwing up, but a moderate-to-high level of nausea that kicked in first thing in the morning and stayed…

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Silent Infertility.

Diabetic Mommy, Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, No Diabetes By March 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , 39 Comments

(You get a special prize if the title of this blog post made you think of this song.) For two years, we wanted a baby. When I first started lurking on infertility websites and forums, the acronyms were confusing.  I knew that TTC was “trying to conceive” but all of the other bits seemed as if someone poured out a…

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Six Until You.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 77 Comments

Dear Baby, Six years ago, I gave birth to your sister.  It was the most incredible moment of my life, and up until recently, she’s been my top-notch, absolute favorite person in the world. “But wait … now I’ll be your favorite because I’m your first, and my brother will be your favorite because he’s your last,” interrupted Birdy, who…

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CWD: Pregnancy and Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 26, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

When Jeff Hitchcock approached me last year and asked if I would feel comfortable leading the Pregnancy and Diabetes session at Friends for Life, I was honored.  But also a little confused.  What on earth was I going to tell the session attendees?  I couldn’t spout off medical information.  I am not a licensed medical professional. “I’m just a person with diabetes who…

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CWD: Parenting With Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 19, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

Lead by Korey Hood and Stefan Rubin, the Parenting with Type 1 Diabetes session at Friends for Life was aiming to touch upon the different challenges of being a parent with type 1 diabetes, instead of the concentration on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes that Children With Diabetes was once known for.  This was my first year attending this…

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Need vs. Want

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Robot Life By June 10, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

When I was planning my pregnancy, I wanted a Dexcom because I desperately wanted to bring down my A1C without crashing and burning into a pile of low blood sugars.  But when I was pregnant and dealing with the epic lows of my first trimester (hello, 29 mg/dl without symptoms), I needed my CGM. Sometimes the Dexcom is not on-target.  If I am hyper-calibrating and feeding it too…

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Feeling Maternal

Infertility and Pregnancy By December 22, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Between these slowly rotating into the laundry cycle as we get ready for the baby: and the fact that my baby bump has popped overnight:  I’m feeling pretty pregnant these days. That is all.  🙂 (Light posts this week, what with the holidays and the fact that I’m headed to my mom’s to make gingerbread cookies all day today.  Photos…

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