Weeks 22 & 23: the honeymoon’s over

By | 16 January, 2013
Honeymoon. Over.

Honeymoon. Over.

The honeymoon is over. They said it would happen, that the halcyon diabetes days of the second trimester wouldn’t last. And they were right. Insulin resistance has arrived.

In all honesty, it’s not been too bad so far. I spent a few days knocking up my basal rates and reducing my carb ratios. Then a couple of days in I also remembered to amend my correction ratios. My total daily dose is up around 30% on what it was a month ago, and things are just going to keep on climbing. I’m using all the same tricks I used to deal with the first trimester insulin resistance and so far so good. It’s not easy, but with the pump and CGM it is definitely manageable and at least it shows that the placenta is doing its job, keeping baby nourished and kicking out massive amounts of hormones.

I’ve switched to maternity infusion set tubing. I hadn’t even thought about this, but having used the shortest tubing available for the last 6 years, I’ve come to the point where when my set is in my back or buttock, the tube is a bit short for me to bring my pump around the front of the bump to bolus. This hadn’t even crossed my mind as something I’d have to deal with, but a quick call to Medtronic for some longer tubing and all is well. Apart from the fact that if I drop my pump now it no longer bungee jumps, it simply hits the floor. I need to stick to thickly carpeted rooms for a while for the sake of the pump.

In non-diabetes related news, I can no longer see my feet and I’m rapidly running out of belly button. I’m never really thought much about my belly button before, but now it’s being stretched beyond its capacity and is on the verge of turning from an innie to an outie, I’m feeling quite sorry for it.

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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

4 thoughts on “Weeks 22 & 23: the honeymoon’s over

  1. katherine cromwell

    Alison your doing so well. Has your tummy started to itch yet? I think you can buy cream for it but watch out its so annoying! Glad tubing issue sorted. when is your next scan? Do diabetic mums still have the once a month scan up until 36 weeks? Think you had the heart scan – I did reply via tweet but if it didn’t reach you I’m sorry. (I haven’t got a clue really on twitter but its something to do whilst I’m waiting for time to pass before my next job when I should really be painting)

    Tim I hope Katie is ok with me tweeting her Page etc?

    Anyway keep up the good work Alison…… will your hubbie be your birthing partner? Do you think you could do a special “One born every minute” Daibetic episode for us here? :-))

    1. Alison Post author

      No itching to report so far, but you know now I’ve typed that I’ll break out in hives before the day is through!

      Monthly scans so far, then we go to fortnightly. I have to admit, it is nice to get to see her so often.

      The husband will definintely be there for the big event, he’s taking the lead on the diabetes side of things if I’m not able to, poor bugger.

      I’m not sure Channel 4 could afford the fee I’d want to surrender my dignity to the nation, and much as I love ShootUp, I think you’ll have to make do with a written description rather than the full event in glorious technicolour 😉

      1. Annette A

        My sister in law was asked, between contractions, if she wanted to be on it. Her reply was not broadcastable… 🙂

    2. Tim

      @mustard – Katie doesn’t have the slightest problem with you tweeting her page; I think she’s bee tweeting yours in return!


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