Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Other Half of Diabetes - Day 2

 The Other Half of Diabetes - Tuesday 5/17 Link List.
We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)

I love this topic! Thank you to whoever chose it! 

Diabetes is...

Exhausting, difficult, overwhelming, time consuming, out of left field, day to day, and always changing. I feel like I could go on and on about all the feels that come with living with diabetes. It's a rollercoaster. For the most part it doesn't consume me, but then there time when it does. The late night lows from an overcorrection, the random highs that come out of nowhere. You can never predict what is going to happen. But when I do get right I'm like...

Now that I am pregnant it's a little harder to brush off the bad days. All I think about now is how my blood sugars are affecting his development? Does he feel how I feel when my sugars are out of line? It's not just about me anymore, it's about someone else too. It's a little more consuming now. I can't go an hour without checking my sugars or checking what directions my sugars are going on my CGM. It's not as much in the back of my mind now and it's draining. But just like before I have to take it a day at a time and remember there is always tomorrow to get it right.

I just keep reminding myself of that. Because tomorrow could be a better day. Everything could go as planned and I can feel better about my disease then. To those of you that are letting diabetes get the best of you, just remember to take it a day at a time.  And when you need a good laugh at diabetes just check out diabetes memes like these.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Message Monday - Day 1 of Diabetes Blog week

Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)

My name is Daley and I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 18. I had just moved away from home for the first time ever and knew absolutely nothing about diabetes. I just knew it wasn't good. I felt really alone and was completely overwhelmed with everything I was having to learn. 

It took some time for me to feel brave enough to share my story and my life with diabetes, but the more that I did, the more I realized how little people knew about the diabetes world. Now, I can honestly say I don't know everything about diabetes, but I know enough about my diabetes to help spread awareness. And that' s the basic goal about my blog is that it could help people learn a little about diabetes and help others living with diabetes not feel so alone. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Insulin Resistant

I am 21 weeks pregnant and becoming more and more insulin resistant. I was told that this would happen, but thought maybe it wouldn't be that bad...well it is.

For those of you who don't know what insulin resistance is here is a little physiology from the Joslin Diabetes Center to help you. Insulin is produced by our pancreas to help unlock our cells so that they can accept the sugar (glucose) from the food we eat for energy. Insulin resistance is just as it sounds, the cells become "too cool" for the insulin our pancreas produces and refuse to do what they are supposed to do causing you to have high blood sugars.

I officially am insulin resistant. My normal carb to insulin ration is 1 unit of insulin to 15 grams of carbs. Recently, Dr. Awesome had me switch my carb ratios to 1 unit of insulin to 10 grams of carbs because my numbers have been harder to keep in a good range. I can usually go about 5-7 days before needing to switch out my insulin pump and now I go through the insulin in my pump in about 3 days. On days that I want to give in to a pregnancy craving, I have to give myself an injection to on top of the insulin to help my numbers come down. Dr. Awesome said it's just going to get worse as I enter my third trimester.

As frustrating as this stage has been, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am finally starting to get the hang of it and am getting my numbers back in the range they should be in. Thankfully I see Dr. Awesome often and she is great about not making me feel guilty about this transition period. I also am using my CGM on a regular basis to help me be proactive when a high number is beginning to happen. I know I can do this and stay healthy and have a healthy baby I just need to keep reminding myself of that when I have a bad day.