I was admitted to the hospital the night before my C-Section - so THEY could regulate my blood sugars. After going low (allowed no food or drink)and hitting 55 or so, I asked to take a glucose tablet and was told they’d have to call my endo. 30 minutes later, I’m down to 50, and they’d have to ask my endo… After he told them to leave me alone and let me do my own thing (God bless him!), I thought we were all good!
Next day, (sugars were 60 - 80 all night), RIGHT BEFORE surgery (nonemergency, BTW - the doc just knew she was getting big (9 lb. 6 oz) and wanted to go ahead and schedule the C-Section), I felt flushed and dizzy, so I checked my sugar. It was 256! The nurses had been literally SQUEEZING saline from the IV into my arm to get me “well-hydrated” prior to surgery… or so I thought. About the time I saw the high number, a nurses’ aid walked in, looked at the IV bag and said, “She’s diabetic, isn’t she? Who put this bag of dextrose up here?”
They’d been pumping me full of sugar! When I tried to tell them that they’d have to postpone the Section, they refused. (Mind you, I’d not been given anaesthetic or anything at this point, they simply did not want to reschedule the surgery…) I told them that if my sugar was high, hers would be LOW… “No, honey, they’ll take care of all that in surgery - you just don’t worry yourself over it…”
Yeah. Her sugar was 17 when she was born… and when I complained the doctors had the nerve to say it was my fault. (My sugars were over 200 maybe ONCE throughout the pregnancy) “Well, even though you have done really well controlling your sugars, you can’t have the control of a nondiabetic - It’s the effect of the sugars over the duration of your pregnancy that caused her to go low…”
A WEEK in NICU. Thank God she survived it… I knew from researching the subject, glucose levels in the mother throughout pregnancy affect the size of the baby, but her levels AT THE TIME OF BIRTH affect the baby’s sugar levels at birth. The baby’s pancreas works overtime to try to bring down the glucose in her environment, then suddenly is removed from that influx of sugar and her levels plummet…
As much as I’d love to have another child - (I had a BLISSFUL pregnancy - healthiest I’ve ever been!) - I doubt that I will, and part of the reason is my concerns about the ignorance of the hospital staff toward diabetes and their unwillingness to listen to the person who’s had it for 20 plus years and studied up on it as if – perhaps? – her life depended on it???