I just wanted to update you that I went to the diabetic clinic at the hospital on Tuesday. They gave me a free glucometer to test my blood sugars numerous times a day, and nutritional counseling.
I hated being in the hospital. I hated being medicalized. I hated being in a group of women with gestational diabetes. I hated being talked down to by the nurse. I hated it when she said, numerous times, "If you can't control your diabetes with diet an exercise, we'll just give you a little bit of insulin, it's no big deal." Insulin is 'no big deal.' She's trying to be reassuring for those who hate needles, but she's unaware that a low risk vs a high risk classification changes a ton of things for me. I hated it, too, when she said that although the risk of cesarean is higher for women with gestational diabetes, "Cesareans are safe." One the one hand, this is true. The complication rates are low. I reassure doula clients who have cesareans that it is the most frequently performed surgery in Canada and that obstetricians are VERY good at what they do. On the other hand, it is also true that cesareans are LESS safe statistically than vaginal births. And that future pregnancies are at higher risk for complications, including placenta previa, accretia, abrubtio placenta, uterine rupture, hemorrhage, etc. Not to mention higher risk for another cesarean, since VBAC is so unpopular these days.
It's surgery, people. It's not just another way to have a baby.
I don't object to women being reassured that cesareans are safe. I object to them being misinformed regarding the risks.
You know how I feel about all this already, so I'll move on.
I appreciated the nutritional counseling, the free glucometer, and the dietician who spoke. She and I seem to have similar philosophies when it comes to food, whereby REAL FOOD is always better than fake, and you really can't go wrong with vegetables. She taught us how to read food labels for diabetes and educated us to make informed choices with regards to diet. I liked her a lot.
Already I've confirmed (with my little glucometer) what I suspected: my daytime blood sugar is very well regulated, but I don't tolerate sugar and my fasting blood sugar rating is consistently too high. My cousin gave me some good tips, and last night I ate steel cut oats, defrosted strawberries, and cottage cheese for a bedtime snack. This morning my BG (blood glucose) was 5.1, and my goal is 5.0 or lower. This is good! Not excellent, 5.1 is still 'uncontrolled,' but closer than yesterday's morning BG, which was 5.8!
Pray hard, people, PRAY HARD! I need that tenth of a point. NEED IT.
I'm working so hard at the diet. I'm at the pool and walking every day. What more can i do? PRAY PRAY PRAY!!!