“Oh, my wife’s a type one diabetic!”
My husband has said this phrase more times than I can truly count. He has come in contact with so many diabetics through work, or just being out and about, and it is so amazing. The problem is that I haven’t met a single one. Not in person anyway. All my interactions with diabetics has been strictly online. Which I won’t complain about because I have met some wonderful people through this outlet. I just wish I knew more in real life.
I had one friend in college who was a type one on an insulin pump. We became friends fast but while I was curious about how she managed this tedious disease she was dealing with that dreaded burn out and wanted absolutely nothing to do with diabetes and all that it entailed.
Other than that there aren’t many that I have come across and truthfully it can be a bit depressing sometimes.
This past weekend changed that for me. My brother in law was getting married and his beautiful new wife has a best friend who just so happens to be a type one diabetic. My husband found this out through conversation and just had to let me know. I wanted so badly to run over an ask her about it but I felt awkward. What if she didn’t want everyone to know. What if me walking up to her and asking made her feel self conscious. I kept thinking about how I would feel. Right when I had decided that maybe it wouldn’t be the best thing to do I see her making her way towards me. She sat right down and just started chatting away with me about insulin pumps, and CGM’s. It was the coolest thing.
I introduced her to the Dexcom system and spoke with her about why I loved the Omnipod. She talked about the pros and cons of being on Medtronic. We discussed how we’ve gone about teaching our little ones about this disease and just the day to day of living with diabetes. Being able to connect with someone about something so personal was the best feeling in the world. It makes me want to meet my online diabetic friends even more now. There is only so much my husband gets, but to be able to say so much with only a few words and have the other person instantly know what I mean, well, it’s awesome.
I’m not expecting the two of us to be life long buddies. (Though we are friends on Facebook now) It was just so nice being able to talk with someone else about this whole other side of me and have them understand completely. It was priceless.
On the baby front everything is continuing to go smoothly. Insulin resistance is real and it has hit hard. I am struggling a bit with it but as long as I keep on fighting I know I can overcome it.
I am currently 35 weeks and 5 days along. His growth scan from this morning weighs my little guy in at 7 pounds. I was shocked. He is in the 94th percentile and while my diabetic specialist doesn’t seem too concerned I can’t help but worry. There is so much up in the air at the moment that I am left feeling very overwhelmed.
They don’t think I will make it past 37 weeks and I am okay with that. We are discussing C-sections and what not. My doctor is still leaning towards a normal delivery and what not so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.
Other than that my maternity leave starts this weekend. I have my last shift tomorrow and then it’s “relaxing” time. Easier said than done though. Every time I think I have everything in order I find something else to add to my list. I can’t help it. I like to be ahead of the game when I can be.
How are all my other pregnant mamas out there? Let me know how things are going in your neck of the woods. And don’t forget to keep wearing those smiles. :)