I'm sure gestational diabetes is the most boring topic ever for most people, but it consumes such a large part of my life, it's hard not to write about it. The diet has been fine except for breakfast. I hate breakfast these days. We tried making low-carb pancakes, and this morning I had half a pancake with a couple drops of no-sugar-added syrup, and an hour later my blood sugar was elevated (only slightly, but still, I had fewer carbs than advised and it was still high). Plus my fasting numbers, those when I first wake up in the morning after no food for 8+ hours, are hovering around the barely acceptable level. I have a feeling I'll be on insulin pretty soon.
Here's the real problem. I still don't have my prescription filled for testing supplies. I've been getting by on the samples the diabetes center squirreled together for me. It has now been 3.5 weeks since my diagnosis and a week and a half since my prescription was written. If you're not up to speed, the short story is that nobody seems to know how things work, as if I'm the only person ever to have gotten gestational diabetes!
I've talked to about 6 people at the mail order supply company I'm required to use (per my insurance company), and then they called me again late Thursday afternoon to verify my prescription, and had to leave a message as I was leading a meeting and didn't see the call. I called back first thing Friday morning, but the only option I got was "All representatives are busy helping other customers. Please leave a message and we'll return your call within one business day." They didn't call Friday, then it was a holiday weekend, so I didn't get a call until today, Tuesday, mid-morning. When I was in my OB appointment. I called back right away and got the same "leave a mesage" recording. I left a message and never got a call back. So now it's almost 6 days after the original call, and I have yet to talk to my 7th person there. I have yet to hear if my prescription has been "validated" and I have no idea when I might get my supplies. I have enough testing strips to get me through Monday, and then I'm out.
I would not be one bit surprised if I still have not received my crap by then!
Today I had my 32 week appointment. Everything looked good. Baby's heart rate was a little lower than usual (138 vs. the usual 150+) but still within normal range. The thing that surprised me is that I'll now be starting twice weekly non-stress tests next week instead of at 36 weeks. I don't think out of any increased concern - just that at my last appointment I saw the nurse practioner, and today I met with an OB who has a different approach I guess. I'm also going to have an ultrasound at 34 weeks instead of waiting until 36.
On the doctor note, it was around this time in my pregnancy with Mo that I switched providers. I changed from the OB office to my general practitioner. It turned out to be a great decision, and early in this pregnancy I wondered if I might do the same thing. Because I started this pregnancy after a miscarriage, I wanted to stay with the OB until I felt like I was more in the clear. But things just kept being complicated for one reason or another, and I don't feel like I have the luxury of switching at this point. I like the OB practice even if it does mean seeing a different doctor every time, and not knowing who might be there for delivery.
I've been so blasted hot lately. I had calculated that I'd be beyond the height of the summer heat when I was 30+ weeks pregnant, but September decided to have a heatwave in Michigan. We had to shut down our pool early and we don't have air conditioning, and it has been nothing short of awful. Any bit of energy I might possibly have left at this stage is sucked dry by the oppressive heat and humidity. There is so much I want to get done, but the simple act of breathing is labored and exhausting.
I think the heat is supposed to break after today and maybe I'll finally get some baby prep taken care!
This morning at 31 weeks 6 days.