When I started this blog I was going to write about my story from first being diagnosed, however so much has happened in the past year that I was unable to go back to my blog as I was dealing with current diabetic issues!!
Therefore I have decided to bring my blog up to date quicker by saying my history in a briefer format.
APRIL 1993 had my first baby a Girl by C-section.. A fairly good diabetic pregnancy with no real complications except for delivering the baby at 37 weeks due to Oedema.
There is no point discussing the complications re diabetic pregnancies as many guidelines have changed as it was over 20 years ago!
DECEMBER 1995 had my second baby by C- section.. A slightly harder pregnancy as the baby a Boy was nearly 10lbs by week 36 so had to deliver him on News Years Eve by Emergency Caesarian ! He was in special care unit for a week…
Having 2 young children proved very tiring with having to manage my diabetes as well,. so I employed a lovely au pair to help me. I had to change to a new ENDOCRINOLOGIST No 3 more local as hard to travel into town with the young children. I was feeling extremely tired all the time so I decided to take an Alternative health route !!!
I went to see an IRIDOLOGY Specialist !!… (To be continued….)
Just in case someone doesn’t know what an Endocrinologist is …
Endocrinologists have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. The common diseases and disorders of the endocrine system that endocrinologists deal with include diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders. (8 Sep 2014 Google)
I hadn’t had diabetes for long so transferring to a new Endocrinologist was easy… my diabetes continued to be difficult to control especially as I was pregnant! Due to my age and the fact I was diabetic, I had to have an Amniocentesis test. They also referred to it as a Grays test! All I can say is I’m glad I had got over my needle phobia!!
Amniocentesis (also referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections….(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amniocentesis)
The Endocrinologists wife was a nutritionist, and helped me change my diet , in those days you had to count your carbs i.e. an apple was 10 carbs… I was too scared to cheat as I was worried about the development of the baby!…
Apple =10 Carbs
I followed all the guidelines, I was on an insulin called Actrapid injected 3 times a day before meals and Ultratard injected before bed ..I avoided anything with sugar and became obsessed with recording my sugars as I was determined to bring my HB1C down ! (I have kept diaries for the past 23yrs of injection sites and sugar readings and hypos ..which occurred most days !!) We decided to go for a holiday in Europe , where most of the food was self service so I didn’t worry about portions and could eat at the times I wanted.
I went back to work soon after being diagnosed , September 1992 I was given the green light to try for a family, my HB1C was 6.8%. Little did I know I had already conceived and was 1 month pregnant !!
I conceived in August 1992, due date being April 1993. The monitoring began! My 1st Endocrinologist.. wanted me to have the baby in a local hospital but my Gynaecologist (whom I had known for a few years) lived in central London and I had to choose ..hence bye bye number 1 hello my 2nd Endocrinologist!!