Tomorrow is the big day!! I get to meet my second baby boy! I’m officially 38 weeks today and I feel ginormous! The last week or so has been really tough; I haven’t been able to move around as much and I am so exhausted! Luckily, my husband has reduced his hours at work this past week so he has been able to help out with our toddler.
Happy July! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, almost a month! Honestly, this pregnancy is getting the better of me. I have been fighting a cold for what seems like forever (in reality it’s been about three weeks). My last “pregnancy” specific post was when I was entering the third trimester, which seems like a lifetime ago! So I thought I’d try and take a minute to catch you up on what’s been going on.
Now that I am approaching the end of my pregnancy, I’m mad. In the Diabetes Online Community, we spent a lot of time talking about diabetes stigma and the differences and similarities between the different types. But one thing that isn’t talked about much is the stigma surrounding diabetes and pregnancy. The default go-to is that if you have poorly controlled diabetes you will have a big baby. This makes me so mad.
About a month ago, I started having some pain on my right foot. Every now and then I do tend to have issues with my feet (thanks diabetes) but I find if I wear good shoes for a while, it tends to get better. So I started wearing my slippers around the house non-stop and I wore my tennis shoes out whenever I left the house. I wasn’t seeing any improvement and in fact a couple of weeks later, it got so bad that I couldn’t even walk on my right foot. I was in intense pain so I decided to call the podiatrist.
Last week, I participated in Diabetes Blog Week. I love Diabetes Blog Week because it’s such a great way to reconnect with the Diabetes Online Community. I’ve been a little MIA in the DOC because of this pregnancy and taking care of my toddler and trying to work takes up a lot of time. But when I participate in the DOC, my care is so much better so I’m glad to have had a reason to reconnect. I attempted to read every DBlog entry last week and I tried to comment on as many as possible (a few blogs gave me trouble when it came time to comment). Since I did read so many, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the week (this is several days late because I had to try and catch up on work that I missed from last week when I was busy reading all the blogs!).
Today’s topic is Tips and Tricks. I’ve written about my tips and tricks in the past so I thought I’d take today to do a Wildcard entry: My Day in Food
Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare Wish List or Biggest Frustration? Today is the day to share it all!
There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people with diabetes. For some, they don’t care, others care passionately. Where do you stand when it comes to “person with diabetes” versus “diabetic”, or “checking” blood sugar versus “testing”, or any of the tons of other examples? Let’s explore the power of words, but please remember to keep things respectful.
Diabetes Blog Week-The Other Half of Diabetes: We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)
This week, I am participating in Diabetes Blog Week, hosted by the amazing Karen at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes. I discovered Diabetes Blog Week back in 2013, so this is my FOURTH time participating-pretty crazy! Karen has been hosting this week for seven years and she has given a little back story for information on how it all got started. I was so happy to find out about it in 2013 because it really helped me to feel a part of the Diabetes Online Community. Over the years, I have received many new readers and support and I have also found a lot of new blogs to read. This week is the 7th annual Diabetes Blog Week and I am going to do my best to write every day (and read as many as I can!). You can find the participant list here and the topics and posts here.