Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dammit, I'm a PWD not a fiddler, Jim!

Everyone always said that insulin needs would increase with pregnancy. I didn't think they were lying, of course, but I certainly didn't think it would be unending fiddling with everything in my routine. Not just increased total daily dose, but constant tweaks to I/C ratios, insulin sensitivity, food enemy status (CHEESE has joined this list, and it is a horrific new relationship), and always, ALWAYS basals.

The basal tweaks are driving me batshit crazy. One day it's mornings that don't work. The next it's dinner time. Two days later, midnight starts sucking it. And then the 3am shift starts imploding. I feel like I'm trying to keep a little dinghy afloat, but leaks keep squirting up everywhere. The last aggressive rage-basal tweak, however, seems to have plugged all those leaks for the time being:


  1. That is a badass Dexcom graph, Karen. Keep doing all the wonderful hard work you're doing!!!

  2. Ugh I am soooo with you on that!! The sensitivity level has increased 3 fold for me and Im only 16 weeks. Being a brittle diabetic to start is rough already. Good luck in your last lil haul!!

  3. Congratulations on the baby bump! I have T1 and so does one of my daughters. I have 4 children under the age of 7 and I know how frustrating the constant tweaking can be! And the constant blood sugar checks (I don't have cgm)! And the trying to keep your glucose levels even and not gain too much weight and, oh yea, enjoy the pregnancy! Keep up the good work! The kindest thing my endo said at the end of my second pregnancy was "You did a really great job! I'm really proud of you!" It's probably silly to feel validated by a physician, but I did. Oh, watch out for lows just after delivery (I'm sure you already know) b/c I (not sure if this common)didn't take any short acting insulin for 2 days after delivery and struggled with lows the first 12 hours after delivery.