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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Testing

4 times a day, I have to take a blood sugar reading. 4 times a day I have to record what that reading was in a daily log. 4 times a day I have to make sure I follow the steps perfectly or I may get an inaccurate reading.

Why?

Because my blood sugar is slightly high and there is a history of diabetes in the family. But I am not diagnosed diabetic.

ok, I can deal with this right?

I mean, I am not going through a major upheaval in my life at all right??

ok maybe that was a bit on the cranky sarcastic side....Maybe.

4 Comments:

Blogger Babs RN said...

I'm sure what they're concerned about is what is known as Gestational Diabetes. So while you may not be "officially" diabetic, it affects the baby (that's where you see the really LARGE newborns which I am sure are no fun to give birth to) and increases your risk for developing Type II diabetes in the future. The best thing you can do to control your blood sugar, if your doc allows it, is to walk. Regular exercise stabilizes your glucose levels and makes your body utilize it more efficiently. And of course, stay off the sugar. I have seen that the best way to avoid developing diabetes later in life is to live a lifestyle as if you were one: proper diet(limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates such as sugar and bread) and regular exercise.

Fortunately, this problem will likely pass as your pregnancy ends. But consider it a warning to check your lifestyle and to live as healthy of one as possible. I have worked with diabetics for nearly two decades - there is nothing more disrupting in life than having to deal with a chronic illness such as diabetes - except maybe the dialysis that some wind up having to go on when they don't do what they're supposed to do.

By the way - the exercise will make it easier for you to carry this child and to give birth. I would avoid a lot of the so-called "pregnancy workout" videos but Kathy Smith has one that is medically solid and sound and one you can adjust to your own situation, though it's been out for probably 14-15 years so might be harder to find.

Good luck!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Ayannali said...

Lucky for me I don't drive, so walking is a nessicity.

I walk approxamitely 1/2 to 1 mile a day in total just getting to and from bus stops to get where I need to go.

And though I was VERY cranky when i was writing this, I have had two stints in the emergency room this week.

so I will follow my doctor's advice and hope that it will go away after the pregnancy :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

6:13 PM  
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