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I have always loved Thanksgiving and Christmas/News Year holidays. I can't say I'm traditional about it, but I love the sense of family that holidays can offer. My childhood holidays were not steeped in tradition. My father was an airline pilot and often he was "in route" from a global destination on Christmas Eve, so we had to be flexible about dinner and gift opening. Sometimes the holidays were spent elsewhere, like three weeks in the Caribbean, or New Years in Europe. Wherever we went the holidays were about being together, and the rest of it was teaching us about cultural differences. A palm tree can be quite a nice Christmas tree! My family is scattered across the country now. We have the Arizona Bartletts , my brother Paul, a pilot for American Airlines, lives in San Clemente Ca., and my brother Dave, a software engineer, and mother live in Pennsylvania. We try every couple of years to have a group holiday, and this year it was at...
Pregnancy Tracker: 21 weeks, 3 days Size of the Baby: 10.5 ounces Biggest Obstacle: I'm tired because we're moving this weekend! Although much of what the dietician had to say was difficult to hear (and fairly demeaning), I retained some very important information from that session. Basically, her first major message to me was: "less carbohydrate, more protein." That explains the dietician's concern about whether I smeared peanut butter on my granola bars! Protein delays the release of glucose into our blood streams. So, if I have some protein at each meal and snack, my blood sugar should not spike as quickly. This allows the insulin to get working in time to catch the spike, so that my postprandial readings can stay below 140 mg/dl. The second big lesson was "consistency." Many long-term diabetics were thrilled to start the pump because it freed us from rigid schedules of meal planning and snacking required by lon...
Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks
Size of the Baby: The size of a small can of soup.
Biggest Obstacle: Waking up in the morning -- sleep feels so good!
Yesterday, at 17 weeks and 6 days into my pregnancy, I had my first experience with insulin resistance. I can see that there are many frustrating days ahead!
Up until now, my blood glucose has been fairly easy to control. I have not increased my total daily dose (TDD) since the pregnancy began, and for a few weeks, between weeks 9 and 13, my insulin needs actually decreased. I had been able to rely on my body to do pretty much the same thing each day, and I was confident in my ability to estimate insulin needs and reactions.
Things are changing.
I had Grape Nuts cereal and skim milk, ½ cup of each, and ¼ cup fresh blueberries for breakfast on Monday morning. The doctor recently upped my breakfast insulin to carb ratio, so I'm now at 1:15. Thus, I bolused 4.25 units for 65 grams of carbohy...
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