Thursday, June 16, 2011
at 6/16/2011 04:58:00 PM Posted by SimplyShirley08
I've never been really good around needles, and it blows that I'm required to prick myself 4 times a day now. I tried my best to weasel my way out of pricking my finger during my discussion with the nutritionist at Sweet Success. No luck there.
She did say, however, that I would need to come back in a week and if the numbers are good, we could possibly do less daily pricking and then take the blood test for sugar levels later on as the pregnancy develops. I'd rather take a tube of blood than to prick myself on purpose 4 times a day!
I sat there, listening to her teach me about nutrition. I honestly felt very dumb at times. I've never been one who had to watch my weight, so I never cared to learn the details about nutrition and diet. I mean, I know the high level idea of what's good and what's bad for the body, and I spent a lot of time shopping in supermarkets at the perimeter of the grounds: Produce, Dairy, Bakery, Butcher etc. I wasn't one to buy processed foods in the middle aisles.
And now my recent decisions in nutritional values in life lead me here, in this seat with a woman who - Thank God! - had a colorful picture guide of what I should and shouldn't be eating. For the most part, the diet was doable in my mind, and looking in at the portion sizes, might actually be more than what I was used to eating.
I raised my concerns: Is there an increased chance that I will become diabetic after the pregnancy?
"Statistics show that 60% of women with gestational diabetes develop diabetes 5-10 years later. But you do not have the body type for diabetes. As long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise, you should be good."
All I can say is that although it didn't hurt too much and I didn't faint, I still don't like it. She sent me on my way with what she jokingly called a "designer bag" filled with supplies for my new, unaccepted recreational activity.
It's now been a couple of days since I've been self-mutilating and let me tell you: I still hate it! There have been times when the meter doesn't get enough blood for the reading and I prick myself 4 times alone for the first prick of the day! It's gotten so bad that I've had to increase the number to a "4" from a "2". Can you believe this? I choose my pain, and I had to choose to increase it.
Gestational diabetes blows...
Labels: gestational diabetes