Tuesday, September 16, 2008

sugah 101

Yesterday, I went to my Gestational Diabetes class.

It was 4 HOURS long.

Admit it. You're jealous, aren't you? How can you NOT be?

I spent 4 glorious hours learning about CHO's (the very official sounding, smart-person word for "carbs"), glucose monitors, ketones, and other things that made my already-scrambled brain hurt.

Question: Whose brilliant idea was it to ask a pregnant lady to sit in a room for 4 hours and expect her to remember things like detailed measurements and mathematical equations? I mean, I've lost 4 cell phones since January, managed to misplace the USB cord EVERY DAY this week, can't for-the-life-of-me show up anywhere on time, and I'm supposed to remember carb/sugar/fiber ratios and blood sugar numbers? REALLY?

The Diabetes Peeps were thoughtful enough to give us this take-home reading literature:

which makes for great bedtime reading! Guaranteed to put you to sleep in 0.5 seconds.

Overall, my experience was...

overwhelming. boring. and overwhelmingly boring.

Good Part I:
I got a really cute Glucose Monitor. If you can actually call a Glucose Monitor cute.

It's a fabulous shade of PINK.

A fact that makes my sugar-loving-diabetic-momma- heart just a little happier.

Good Part II:
I can have a little bit of REAL ice cream every once in awhile!

Bad Part I:
These little guys get poked into my fingers 4 times a day:

Bad part II:
These tiny test strips cost a small fortune. I use 4 OF THEM a day.

That's $60 for 50 test strips. And I thought that the price of gas was out there...

Bad Part III
I pee in a cup EVERY MORNING to check for Ketones. Which cup do you use for that? Maybe I should invest in some throw-away cups. What do you think?

71 days... 71 days... 71 DAYS!

Oh my gosh! Just 71 days!?!?!


Kris J. said...

disposable dixie cups girl. you so don't want to wash/reuse a pee cup. ;)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Yeah, this is one time when you need to get some throw-away cups. Fo' sho'.

$60! Wow, I am so sorry! Hang in there, 71 days is not so terribly far away. And he will be so worth it.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

A friend and I just yesterday reminiscing about hormona changes in pregnancy that affect memory. It's pretty wacky. I'm sorry you're going through this, but you sound pretty tough ... I know you can do it. PS: I tried to make myself a "follower" of your blog, but there isn't a link for signing up. I can only click on the thumbnails of those who are already joining you. Am I missing something?

maribeth said...

that sounds so miserable. what do you do with your pee once you have it in the cup?? why didn't jamie mention that part?? i have a hard enough time getting it in a cup once a month at my checkups, i can't imagine everyday! but, i would definitely spend $3 for some disposable dixie cups-that's even what my ob's office uses. maybe you should use a sharpie to write your name on the side too;)

once again, so, so, sorry that you have to do this!

oh, yeah, and my d-day is approaching fast! first week of october, so i need to enjoy it all this month in case i have to join the ranks of the sugar intolerant!

Jana (sidetrack'd) said...

I'm sorry you're having to go through all of this. Just remember it is so you have a healthy Charlie and he has a healthy Momma.

This situation definitely calls for disposable cups!

SarahHub said...

Oh, I had no idea you had to do testing!!!! Ugh!

Just keep your eye on the prize! 71 days and you will have the SWEETEST little guy!

Gina R said...

You need to see if you can get your md to write a script for the testing supplies...some insurances will cover them and then all you have to pay is a co-pay! They are crazy expensive! Also, I agree your meter is the "cutest" one out there! And you can always think of this small perk...when the little man gets bigger you can remind him how much you had to go through just for him (guilt you can use forever!)

Mommy of Tyler and Chase said...

You give me perspective on when I teach something to a patient and then send them home with a suitcase of extra reading materials...I may re-think my practice:) Hang in there girl...do you feel like a pin cushion yet? I am praying for your sweet little fingers, I know they are probably getting a little sore...Miss you! Colin

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Even through some not so fun stuff you have the abillity to hold on to the greatest humor! You.make.me.laugh! :) I have so much fun over here!
You, on the other hand, are not having the most fun and I will be praying for you as you head into the home stretch.
I love how all of these commentors are so helpful; "You need to get Dixie cups honey!". :) Blogging rocks!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

ummm...pretty sure you need some disposable cups...we've got some spongebob ones...for drinking (hopefully my kids aren't peeing in them...but one never knows!)

At least one things for sure...that little baby Charlie...totally worth it ;)

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