So I’m reading Cheryl Alkon‘s book “Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes” to gain more insight from women that have “been there before.” Alkon is a Type 1 diabetic and writes about her experiences and interviews other T1s and T2s about their pregnancies. Kind of like a D-friendly “What to Expect While You’re Expecting.” Because honestly, the first thing Google pops up about diabetic pregnancies are 1) Horror stories and 2) GD.
One of the interviews stuck out after I read it. The new mom basically said that balancing her diabetes during pregnancy and prior to pregnancy was similar to having another full time job. Finally, a well thought out simile. Especially since I’ve spent the last 2 days at my desk preoccupied with my blood sugars not coming down than my actual work load.
Think about it. We are control freaks by nature; attempting to grapple on to a disease that doesn’t want to be controlled and yet we still try anyway. We can sit hour-by-hour testing, worrying about what we just ate, calculating insulin doses to make up for errors, correcting, re-correcting, exercising to make sugars come down, downing Skittles when we’ve come down too much, going to doctor appointments, taking phone appointments, meticulously looking at all nutrition labels while grocery shopping…
Seriously, for the amount of hours I spend, I should get paid for trying to please this unruly boss. I’d make a fortune.
Or at least I should be able to add it to my resume qualifications.