Type 1 Diabetes.

I wanted to make a post dedicated to type one diabetes. I feel like every time I tell someone I’m diabetic, they don’t quite understand it. No worries though, because before I got diabetes (about two years ago) I also had no idea what it really was. I only saw those commercials on TV and I had only known about one girl (an old friends little sister) who had diabetes but I didn’t know the difference between her diabetes and the kind they show in commercials with the old people.

Let’s start with the basics.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched, however scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components. There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure (definition provided by jdrf.org).

Type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time your pancreas isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose levels normal. Type 2 is treated with lifestyle changes, oral medications (pills), and insulin (definition provided by diabetes.org).

So those are the differences between type one and type two. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy but goes away after you’ve given birth but you are at a higher risk for getting type two diabetes. So, NO, I did not cause my diabetes. It just…happened. Unfortunately.

Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, fatigue, hunger, sweating, nausea or vomiting, excessive urination, blurred vision, headache, sleepiness, weight loss, and fast heart rate. Before I was diagnosed I dealt with the excessive thirst, hunger, nausea, excessive urination, leg cramps, and weight loss. I had no idea what was going on until I google’d my symptoms and freaked out at what I was reading so I made a doctors appointment to get everything checked out. Of course they thought nothing was wrong with me until they did blood work. If you ever start to experience weird things happening to you, go to the doctor! It’s so so so important. If I hadn’t gone to the doctor I could have really done some damage to myself. There was a night I drank two sodas (excessive thirst) and ate a TON of carb filled Mexican food. Right after dinner, I didn’t feel well so I went and laid down and immediately went to sleep. Imagine if I never woke up due to high blood sugar? It’s a scary thought. I can only imagine what my blood sugar was that night.

Now I want to go over why it’s so important for me to stay on top of my diabetes during pregnancy. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t enjoy my pregnancy as much as a “normal” woman because I spend a lot of time stressing out over my blood sugars and worrying if I’m hurting my baby or not.

Some of the possible risks to the mother and baby if blood glucose levels are too high during pregnancy are:

Risks for the baby
Premature delivery
Miscarriage
Birth defects (not usually a risk for women with gestational diabetes)
Macrosomia (having a large baby)
Low blood glucose at birth (hypoglycemia)
Prolonged jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Respiratory distress syndrome (difficulty breathing)

Risks for the mother:

Worsening of diabetic eye problems
Worsening of diabetic kidney problems
Infections of the urinary bladder and vaginal area
Preeclampsia (high blood pressure usually with protein in the urine)
Difficult delivery or cesarean section

(info provided by diabetes.org)

So in order for me to avoid these issues, I have to have an A1C under 6 (from what my doctor told me). Some doctors allow their patients to begin trying if they’re A1C is in the low 6’s. Basically an A1C is a number that tells doctors what your average blood sugar is. Before I got pregnant, I was able to get my A1C down to 5.1. It was really tough, but worth it. As my pregnancy progresses, I will need more insulin because my body will be more resistant. I’ve already increased my doses for meals and I will have to increase more as time goes on. It might sound easy to some but it’s hard work! And frustrating. I might have calculated everything perfectly but still end up with a blood sugar of 130 an hour or two after dinner when I expected it to be lower. Anyways, I just felt like doing this post so maybe whoever reading this can learn something new! I’ve learned so much in the past two years of being diabetic but I feel like I’m still learning each day about this disease, especially with this pregnancy. And remember, if you’re ever experiencing weird stuff happening to you or your body, don’t be afraid to seek help! 🙂

15 weeks and 6 days.

I write pretty sporadically on this blog. Especially since I’ll be 16 weeks tomorrow, lol. This past week has brought me a bigger bloated belly and a couple days of dull nausea followed by pure exhaustion. It has only happened a couple of times, thankfully. I feel like work has been pretty cray lately (physically and emotionally) so I’ve been really tired by the time I’m off. I could not wait to have today off to finally relax my mind and body a bit, even though I’ve been running around doing things.

This morning I had to go and do my second trimester blood tests to prepare for the ultrasound I’ll be having in December. After that I then went and did a little grocery shopping so I could make dinner tonight (yay for tacos!), came home to eat lunch, and then visited my nana in the hospital *insert sad face emoji here*. I hate hospitals. Before I became diabetic I actually wanted to have my baby at a birthing center and try to be natural as in no epidural no nothing! I didn’t want to be hooked up to machines at all. If you’ve seen the documentary “The Business of Being Born” then you’d probably have second thoughts about hospitals, too. I’m totally not hating on women who prefer hospital births or have/prefer c-sections either. But if you haven’t seen that documentary then I think you should! It’s pretty interesting. Also, I am aware that shit happens and I really don’t think trying to plan how you’re going to give birth is the smartest idea because then if things don’t go your way you can end up being a crazy nervous wreck. That’s just my take on it, advice from someone who’s never gone through this before so I’m pretty much just talking out of my ass lol.

Anyways, back to my pregnancy and diabetes to conclude this post (I’m currently catching up on Riverdale so my attention is more focused on that at the moment, sorry bout it). I’m getting more excited about having a baby. It’s pretty scary when you’re considered high risk so I’m always a little nervous about everything. I’m hoping I’ll find out the sex on the 20th. I know a lot of women get the early ultrasound and pay extra for it but I have doctor appointments every 3 weeks! I get ultrasounds every time so I’m just going to wait until that appointment to find out. I guess that’s one cool thing about being high risk, lots and lots of ultrasounds of little one 🙂 Diabetes is not kicking my ass this week! I’ve had amazing nights of sleep with no interruptions! My blood sugar stays steady around 70-90 all night. During the day it’s also pretty good. I will have lows at work sometimes if I wait too long to take my break, so those are always important to take in my case. My snacks always include fruit (an apple or a cutie) and something else. Sometimes it’s a piece of pepper jack string cheese or a small bag (15g) of pretzels. With Halloween I had a bit too much candy but I try to keep it in moderation. I’m pretty happy with how my health has been but I know it’ll change up on me again so I just have to watch out for that. Well, I hope I’ll be able to write a bit sooner in my 16 weeks!

 

 

Vegan Chili.

I thought I’d post a recipe since I actually cooked today! Before being pregnant, I cooked almost every single night. Cooking is like my go-to therapy and I just love creating yummy dishes or recreating recipes I find on good old Pinterest.

Anyways, the idea of Chili came from my boyfriend eating a hotdog with chili for dinner the other night and I tried a bite of the Chili and was like, hmmmmmm ok ok I can dig this! Usually I’m not a big Chili fan so I don’t make it often.

THE RECIPE (that I made up on my own because Pinterest failed me and nothing looked good to me on there)

  • 1 package of Boca’s Beefless Crumbles (or use 1 pound of Ground beef, or omit this entire ingredient)
  • 1/2 an Onion, white or yellow, chopped
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, choppped
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like heat)
  • Salt
  • 1 4oz can diced Green Chili’s
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 3/4 cup Frozen (or canned) Corn
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups of Water
  1. Heat some olive oil in a large pot on medium high heat, add your beefless crumbles or ground beef. Cook completely. If using the ground beef, make sure to drain. Place meat aside for later.
  2. Add more olive oil into your now empty pot and add your garlic and veggies. Sprinkle some salt and sauté until softened. Once softened, add your meat back into the pot. Add your spices + a bit more salt and stir to incorporate. Add your canned goods, corn, tomato paste, and 2 cups of Water.
  3. Bring to a boil then simmer for 40-60 minutes. Taste, add more salt if needed. Serve and Enjoy 🙂

I hope someone tries this recipe out because I personally thought it was packed with flavor and everything went so well together. If you don’t have any beefless meat or real meat on hand feel free to leave out that ingredient/step completely. I almost didn’t even use it but since it’s been in my freezer I decided to just use it up.

Use what you have on hand! If you don’t have black beans, use pinto! If you only have one bell pepper, just use that one. If you’re lucky enough to have a jalapeño on hand, mince that up really good and throw that in there as well! I served my chili with saltine crackers to be a bit more low in carb but obviously if you have the time to make corn bread, that would make this 10x better!

Insulin.

Ugh, the thing that keeps me alive but also makes my life really hard these days! I’m talking about insulin adjustments during my pregnancy. I have recently been having the worst nights sleeping lately because my Dexcom will go off multiple times alerting me that I am having a low blood sugar. Most of the time I don’t feel symptoms so I ignore it. I also doing something really terrible, I will put in a fake glucose reading just to keep it from going off. I know I know, thats really bad. Please don’t tell my doctor, lol. I will however wake up once I get symptoms: sweating, hunger, my brain feeling all weird and fuzzy. I keep snacks in my nightstand to help. Lots of little candies!

I started lowering my bed time insulin dose last week I believe. I started out with 11 units of Lantus pre pregnancy and now, tonight, I am taking 8 units before bed. After the past few days of still continuing to have lows, I decided to lower it another unit. I am not sure what took me so long? I feel like I should have lowered it another unit like, yesterday. Oh well. Let’s see how tonight goes.

Once I wake up from my phone going off a million times, I’ll lay in bed awake for about an hour until I can fall asleep again. And then I have to pee. And then I actually get that low my phone was telling me about so I have to force myself to eat a candy even though I’m too tired to actually chew (weird, I know). And then I have to pee again. Listen, I’m using this blog to track everything I am going through. Although I am extremely blessed I even get to experience pregnancy, I am also extremely tired of having diabetes. It sucks especially when I want to just eat 5 chocolate chip cookies as a snack. Or eat an entire pint of Talenti’s Vanilla and Caramel Swirl ice cream. Ugh, diabetes probs.

Also, update on the nausea and food aversions. They’re still here. Torturing me. The meds help with the nausea a bit but they don’t take the food aversions away. I can honestly only eat what I crave and I only crave things that I see other people eat or that I hear someone mention. Example: earlier today my mom mentioned sushi so I of course, HAD to have Japanese for lunch. Beef Teriyaki for the win!

I’m going to try to post once a week so I’ll get back to you once I’m 9 weeks!

7 Weeks and 6 Days.

Almost 8 weeks. 8. Freakin. Weeks.

It’s been tough, not gunna lie guys. This nausea is kicking my ass. I almost wish I could throw up to just get rid of it. Today I actually woke up quite fine and I had peppermint tea with my breakfast and didn’t have much nausea until after lunch. It has been downhill from there. I emailed my doctor yesterday and she got back to me today and told me she would prescribe me some meds to help so I’ll have to pick them up next week since work gets in the way of the times I’m available and the pharmacy is open :/ bummer. I want them asap.

Other symptoms are sense of smell. I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this before but I didn’t think I had a heightened sense of smell until I noticed my dogs breath suddenly smells like he ate a fresh pile of sh!t. I asked my boyfriend if he thinks his breath smells that bad and he told me it was just me *shrugs*. Also, doing the dishes is really hard for me to do if there’s any sort of smell. I’ve been trying to avoid cleaning them but so has my boyfriend so I end up getting stuck doing them anyways lol. My plan clearly doesn’t work.

Food. I have no real appetite unless I smell something really good that I have to have. I still eat of course. My dinners have been extremely carb heavy because it’s all I ever feel like eating. Mexican food, pasta, rice, etc. But I still manage to keep my numbers in check! So that’s good. I’ve recently had tests done and my A1C dropped even lower to 4.8! I really want to feel better so I can get back to cooking and eating better. Veggies just never sound good anymore. I’ve actually been loving fruit. I bought raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, wAtermelon, plums, and nectarines over the weekend! The berries are my fave. I make sure to eat them at certain times and obviously limit my portion to control my blood sugars.

Work seems to be kicking my butt. I’m usually exhausted after work and during work I feel like complete crap because of the nausea. I feel bad for anyone who asks how I’m doing because the answer is always the same. I also feel bad like I’m not doing the best that I can because of lack of energy and just feeling sick. I hate to complain all the time, I know a lot of other women have it 10x worse. But for me this is my struggle right now.

Anyways, I can only hope this icky stuff disappears soon! I’m looking forward to being happy and enjoying this pregnancy before I can’t see my feet anymore.

Liz

Blog Post #1

I think I’ll start this first blog post by introducing myself if you don’t already know who I am. You can call me Liz. I named my blog Liz with Type One because I am a Type One Diabetic! I’ve recently had my diaversary and I have had it for two years now. Being diagnosed was one of the worst things I’ve had to deal with on my own. I know my family supported me but I definitely had moments where I felt extremely alone and that nobody understood me, or tried to understand what I was going through. I try to think that diabetes doesn’t define me but it’s a major part of who I am now. People can think, “oh just eat better” “just work out more” “just do this or do that” and thats not really how it works. But anyways, I can get into diabetes more later in my posts but I’ll try to keep this somewhat short and simple.

I am 25 years old and am a fur mom to two animals. My dog, Wilson, and my cat, Moka. I couldn’t imagine my life without them. If you have animals, I’m sure you know the feeling. I have been with my boyfriend for 8 years and hoping for many more to come! He’s my bestie. We met in high school. Although our relationship wasn’t perfect in the beginning, I’d say we grew so much together and are nothing how we used to be. Thats also a good thing, a very good thing.

I’ve loved writing ever since I could remember. I have always had journals since I was a young girl. Looking back, they were super emo and probably every page said “I hate my life!” followed by more emo writings. I wrote in them mostly to let out anger or sadness. It wasn’t until a couple years ago I decided to get a journal that I would write positive things in. I felt that I was able to still let out any kind of sadness but I would write it in a way that wasn’t super depressing. Also, since I’m not a teenager anymore I think I’m probably less dramatic than before (but still a little dramatic).

I’m here to start this blog to document events in my life, to share my happiness, and to share things I love and hopefully connect with others who love the same things! Hopefully this first post wasn’t a complete mess. I feel like I have so much to say sometimes that I bounce off of so many topics! I tried keeping this one simple.

Until Next Time,

Liz