Maternity Clothes are BUTT!!!

I am a working woman with a professional career. I would like to add that I have never had help paying for things. Being a Diabetic, it has been very expensive. I’m not rich and I have never been comfortable financially. Meanwhile, I work in a professional environment and looking my best gives me extra confidence. I do not have thousands of dollars to go out and buy a new wardrobe for my changing body. Plus, maternity clothes are expensive and not flattering. I can’t go through every day in sweats or stretch pants. It is so unfair. I want feel amazing while I go through this pregnancy and I don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes I’ll never wear after I give birth. I may have to go naked to work in the next few weeks. Ahh! What do I do?

Lowish

I have had low blood sugar at least 6 times in the past 24 hours. I am feeling loopy. I am tired of feeling this way. You know….when you get super hungry during a low. Only I have to control the blood sugar flare after. High blood sugars can dramatically impact the health of my baby. Low blood sugars hurt me more than the baby unless I am unconscious or having a seizure. Overall, I just feel like pooh. On the bright side, at least I’m no longer constipated. Ahh the joys of diabetes and pregnancy! Hopefully, my second trimester gets easier.

My Health Insurance is not so bad.

Ok…I called CVS Caremark today to obtain the information on what I need to increase the amount of test strips per day. My endocrinologist told me a maximum of 12 per day. My obstetrician told me if her office writes a letter I can get 20 to 25 per day. After talking to my original customer service representative at caremark, she was of no help. I asked to speak with her manager. She routed me to a senior level customer service representative who was able to run a test claim. He said my coverage allows up to 20 per day without any additional information required besides the normal doctor stuff. I wasted 20 minutes of my lunch break on this task, but now I can school my endocrinologist. Persistence is paying off. Never trust the first answer when it comes to health insurance and diabetes . There are always loopholes.

Health Insurance Companies are a Pain in my Ass.

Yesterday, I tested my blood sugar 24 times. I had quite a few lows. For me, since I have been diabetic for 27 years, I have this stomach emptying issue where my body is delayed in processing food. At times, it can take more than 30 minutes for me to bounce back from a low blood sugar.

Because I have been eating so frequently, I am almost out of my 90 day supply of test strips. I called my endocrinologist’s office for a refill I asked for an increase to 20 per day. Apparently, that too many and the maximum is 12 maybe 15 if I am lucky.

Here is the problem. My obstetrician wants me to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks a day testing before and 1 hour after. Plus, a test at 3AM every night. Also, I am to test every 15 minutes while walking or doing activity, and before I drive for safety purposes. How in the world am I going to get these strips?

My health insurance is a good one and covers most things for diabetes. Unlike in the past, where I was paying for The majority of my care out of pocket. I am hoping to find some inexpensive solutions soon.

Why does everything related to my diabetes have to be so difficult?

Constipation Station

The cashier is waving my laxatives in the air for the line of 50 people behind us to see. She was doing big dance moves with my stool softener. I’m dying inside of embarrassment.

So…..I’m constipated. Apparently, it’s not uncommon during pregnancy. I let the pain and suffering go on for way too long. My stomach had severe cramps and I could barely sit down. This is so embarrassing. Let’s start from the beginning.

My husband and I went to the grocery store to pick up a couple things. I put some Colace in our cart, which is a laxative and stool softener. It’s approved to use while pregnant by my doctor’s office. I strategically hid the medicine under my other groceries while shopping. We were checking out and I placed the Colace in the middle of all the groceries to shield it.

Next thing you know, the cashier is waving the Colace around wildly. It was arm flares moving up and down and in a circle. She starts asking me a question. I have no idea what she is saying. There is shear horror on my face. I am thinking put down my laxatives. My husband quickly answers yes nothing my embarrassment. My husband and I look a each other with terror on our faces. Then we paid and ran out of there. So embarrassing.

Six Weeks and Stressed

My baby is six weeks as of Saturday. I had wonderful blood sugars while relaxing at the beach. Now today,I’m running high. I think it from work stress. My doctor thinks I need to change my site which I did. My concern is the baby is going to be large and have underdeveloped organs. I try to put this thought out of my mind.

It’s my first day back to work. I guess I am stressed. The question is how do I manage this uncontrollable issue. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, whatever. I am looking for ideas. How can I stop the highs before they start?