Sunday, August 1, 2010

Things I learned about Diabetes this month... July edition

-The carb factor for lemon meringue pie is approximately .47. But just because I know this, and she wants some, doesn't mean Elise should eat lemon meringue pie. Eating lemon meringue pie will cause Elise to go poopie three times in a four hour stretch, and will significantly diminish my ever-dwindling diaper supply. Plus, her BG will go low-ish a few hours later (but was it pie or poopie related? We'll never know.). How could something as wonderful as lemon meringue pie cause something so bad?

-Your child having diabetes can make YOU do stupid things. Like refusing to call your doctor when you've been having contractions for about 90 minutes that are 5 minutes apart (and you're only at 33 weeks), because your husband is out of town and it's 10:30 at night. Because you know the doctor will tell you to go to labour and delivery right away, and the idea of rousing said child from her slumber, and hauling her off to the hospital is not your idea of a fun time. Because your child is due for a BG check in an hour, so there is no way you can call a neighbour over to stay at your house while you go to the hospital to make sure everything is okay.*

-Good things can come out of great stupidity like what was described above; like realizing that I need to get off my butt and type up that Care Manual for Elise that I've been thinking about for the last 4 or 5 months.

-I need to take time out for myself to enjoy life. I am the type of person who throws herself 100% into the important stuff, and that is what I have done with Elise's diabetes from day 1. The problem is, I haven't taken any time out to breathe. I finally did with Laura and Jessica this Saturday, when we treated ourselves to a mani/pedi, lunch and frozen yogurt. Have I mentioned how much I love those girls?

*Thankfully, everything WAS okay... after I sat myself down and guzzled glasses of water. The contractions finally slowed down by about 11:00 pm. I think I had just overdone it and was dehydrated.


  1. Look here, girlfriend. You take care of yourself, okay?

    And take some time to do the things you need to do....does Elise watch TV? This is one of those times when you should let her enjoy a show and you can type up some info.

    Let me know if I can help in any way. Maybe we can talk about it when we meet....

  2. Joanne!!! yes....DO take care of yourself, mama!

  3. so we have issues with the poo and low BG, too...hmmm...odd, huh?!
    Glad you found time to enjoy your friends, as I am sure a million people have told you, when the second babe comes it'll be full throttle!!! Enjoy the "rest" you get now :)

  4. Yes do take care of yourself and with two kids it will be full throtle . Boy you are not going to see a minutes peace with the second baby I guarantee you .

  5. Glad everything is OK with the baby - I am always a nervous nelly when I am pregnant!

  6. Oh, how I wish we lived closer together! We're in the same boat, kind one we trust to take care of Lily for more than a couple of hours. It's tough!

    When contractions start and shouldn't be starting, first rule is to always sit down and drink more water!

    Take care of yourself!

  7. Joanne, do not make me fly over there and take you down. I will if you don't take GREAT care of yourself!! I'm SO SO happy that Laura and Jessica took you away for some girl time!

  8. Yes, do take care of yourself! I know easier said than done. I am guilty of putting everything else first until I keel over so I shouldn't be giving out advice. I do want you and baby to stay healthy!

  9. Do I need to open up some Portuguese Whoop-Ass on you girl??? J/K. I am with the others, just wanting you to take super duper care of yourself...and phone lady is right...once #2 comes, you are gonna be at full throttle.


  10. Hi Joanne,
    I've been thinking about you and Elise. You are a great mom! Elise is lucky to have you. Congrats on your pregnancy! Glad the contractions stopped.
    Love ya girl!

  11. Re: #2--
    Wish I was your neighbor.
    Or, wait. I don't want to live in Texas. . .wish you were MY neighbor. :)



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