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Happy Birthday DS1

Posted on 21st December 2010 in birth/ birthday/ child/ diabetes/ fainting/ family/ gestational diabetes/ pregnancy/ SCBU/ shadow of the moon

Happy Birthday DS1

My boy is 11 – 22nd Dec, officially at 10.12pm – but he assures me it’s ok to have presents in the  morning!

My boy is wonderful, I know we all love our children but he really is! He has a depth of maturity that still shocks me, yet he has a playful sense of humour and is a happy, sunny boy.

He is clever (cleverer than me most of the time), he questions things that I just take for granted and seems to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Yet he isn’t superior or smug, he is gentle and self effacing. It was he who prompted my post about the shadow on the moon – a question he asked at age 5.

He likes reading, drawing, building amazing things from LEGO, making paper aeroplanes (often balancing them on one side to ensure they fly how he wants), playing DS/PS3/Wii games, watching The Simpsons, comedy in general and CHOCOLATE!

He is also a complete pedant, which I just adore.

I did good with that boy :) *beams with pride*


His life didn’t start smoothly, the birth ‘went wrong’, after finding out late that I had Gestational Diabetes they decided to induce me on my due date. I clearly wasn’t ready to give birth and despite them trying 3 times to induce me Monday, 3 more times Tuesday and a membrane sweep first thing Wednesday, there was still no action! I was 3 cm dilated by Monday night and pretty much stayed there.

Wednesday ended for me as he was placed in my arms and the last thing I remember is someone shouting “She’s 80 over 50″

I didn’t see my son again until the Friday afternoon, Christmas Eve.

I’d lost so much blood that I couldn’t sit up without passing out. For my own reasons I refused a blood transfusion. Because of the diabetes DS1 had been taken straight down to SCBU, then because I was ill they kept him down there.

I did try and get down there once (2 floors away, might as well have been on Mars) but I passed out.

I can remember laying on the ward, the only ‘mother’ there who didn’t have a baby. I felt so confused. So alone. It was like I was being punished. Until on the Friday afternoon a nurse breezed in and said jokingly “oh haven’t you got a baby?” and I said “I don’t know.”

She was horrified that I hadn’t been taken to see him, she was horrified that no one had given me a photo of him.

When my husband (who had been down to see the baby every day) showed up, she was with him, with a photo and a wheel chair and I finally got taken to see him. Sitting upright that long was a struggle, but it was worth it.

He looked a bit of a fraud in SCBU though – at 8lb13 he looked big enough to eat the other babies!

I was terrified that the separation would affect how I felt about him. Or how he felt about me. But it didn’t. I love him so much, I’m so proud of who he is and I’m so proud of who he’ll become.

Gestational Diabetes

Posted on 13th October 2010 in blood sugar/ diabetes/ endocrinologist/ fainting/ gestational diabetes/ pregnancy/ thyroid/ thyroiditis/ underactive thyroid

This is a post for @diabetesuk

I was 26 when I fell pregnant with my first son, although I had unfortunately had a miscarriage a few months before. I have suffered with an underactive thyroid since around the age of 17 so I was used to feeling tired and having a myriad of vague ‘not quite right but not enough to bother anyone about’ symptoms.

During the pregnancy I suffered migraines and bouts of fainting but as I have always had symptoms (as mentioned above) I’ve learnt not to mention them too much, my GP at the time said both the migraines and the fainting were common in pregnancy so, although it was difficult never being able to stand in a queue, I learned to live with it. What I didn’t realise at the time was the close connection between endocrinological disorders.

The first indication of there being anything else wrong was at my 20 week scan when it was noted that my baby was large. I had further scans at which it was noted that the head and stomach circumference were larger than expected. Due to my thyroid condition I was under the care of a consultant endocrinologist and it was during these check ups that my gestational diabetes was discovered. At a routine appointment to see my consultant the nurse did the usual urine test and then scurried off rather than chatting reassuringly, I can’t remember how far along I was but I think it was around 34 weeks.

I was quickly taken into see my consultant who order blood tests and a further scan – they determined at this point that I had gestational diabetes. I was quite shocked and scared at this diagnosis but it was comforting that the my thyroid doctor was the same man who I was then to see for the diabetes. He was very calm and reassuring and with the assistance of a nurse talked me through the whole process of monitoring my blood sugar. Unfortunately it wasn’t picked up until late into the pregnancy so although they induced me at term my son was still quite a large baby at 8lb13. I developed oedema during the latter stages of the pregnancy to my hands, legs, ankles and face to the extent that I can hardly recognise myself in the photos taken directly after the birth.

After the birth I had to take a gloucose tolerance test which involved reading an entire book in a waiting room while occasionally drinking incredibly sweet drinks and then having blood tests! The result of this was deemed to be that I would almost certainly develop stage 2 diabetes at some point in my life and that if I were to get pregnant again then I would develop gestational diabetes again during the pregnancy. I also noticed rapid weight loss after the birth and was told to stop taking my thyroid medication as I had developed postpartum thyroiditis.

Before falling pregnant with my next son, I suffered a further miscarriage.

As soon as I knew I was pregnant with my second son, I was immediately referred to see the endocrinolgist. He discovered that the diabetes had already kicked in – but he said to me the diabetes should begin and end with the pregnancy. This time the diabetes was more severe and I had to test my blood 3 times a day at home and administer injections to try and control my blood sugar levels.

The migraines and the fainting were much worse with this second pregnancy, my Obstetrics consultant said to me that the migraines were probably due to an oestrogen intolerance (but I’m a girl?!) which actually did make some sense as I am unable to take the pill due to migraines and had an unfortunate incident with the Mirena coil which we won’t go into just now.

The fainting proved to be a very difficult issue as I had an active one year old to look after and so wasn’t in a position to ‘rest and relax’ as I was often advised to do – I fainted each and every single time that I went shopping. If there was more than one person in front of me in a queue I knew I would faint – I once fainted in a shop and in the split second before I passed out I managed to fall sideways in order to avoid my bump and my baby in the pram – this resulted in a tyre mark bruise across my stomach as I caught the pram wheel. That occasion sticks in my mind because no one helped me. When I came round I got myself up and left the shop, cried all the way home with a banged head and a terrifying bruise on my tummy.

This prompted a visit to see my consultant who said they were ‘simple faints’, probably exasperated by low blood sugar but mainly due to low blood pressure. He suggested drinking more water, sleeping with my legs fractionally higher than my head, wearing support stockings and sitting with my feet up as much as possible.

For the diabetes itself I had to follow a basically good diet, concentrating on low sugar foods and low GI foods. I soon found that some unexpected foods sent my blood sugar sky high – things like white bread and orange juice for example sent my readings higher than coca cola! However I also found that by swopping types of food – white bread for english muffins or crumpets I was able to eat things I liked without upsetting my blood sugar.

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