More on pregnancy …
Despite going from 4 injections a day to 6 (I was on syringes 12 years ago, before my healthy son was born), keeping within a very tight blood sugar range (70-90 mg/dl) as much as I could, and wandering around in a constant state of feeling low, it was surprisingly easy to maintain strict, strict control during my one and only pregnancy. Had the best A1Cs (and fructosamines) of my life!
But, I did find that after the arrival of my bundle of joy, it was more difficult to take the time needed to care for my diabetes. Screaming, hungry baby vs. taking a shot a full 30 minutes before the meal … reading story books vs. exercising … up at night teething vs. getting adequate sleep. Most of the time, I chose the child over the chronic condition. I don’t regret it. Many people obviously juggle it all much better than I did.
I suspect that some eye complications I’ve started to show have occured sooner because my care slacked off during those baby-raising years. But, I don’t know that for sure. The good news is, life got a lot easier in terms of diabetes care when junior started first grade! Or maybe I just grew up a little, too
I think it is good to know, going into parenthood, that a parent with diabetes has a few more challenges in life. But then, so do parents in general, and parents who use wheelchairs, and single parents, and parents of special needs children. It’s all part of life’s rich pageant.