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putting diabetes on hold

When I went in for a 2-hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) about 2 weeks ago, I was a little nervous. Because I had gestational diabetes, I am at a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes. I called for the test results and one out of three numbers was a little elevated. When that happened during my pregnancy, they put me on a strict diet and I worked with a nutritionist to keep my blood sugar numbers at an acceptable level. I was also monitored twice weekly.

So when I heard that one of my numbers was a little high, I got worried. I went in to see the Nurse Practitioner the next Monday. I had the baby with me, and of course he got hungry while we were there. I was able to feed him when we got put in an exam room. By the time the NP got to us, the baby was sleeping on my chest. The whole hospital is big on breast feeding, and the NP has a 4-month old, so she totally understood. She didn’t mind that I was lying down the entire time we talked.

Yes, I have one high number, she said. However, it can take up to six months before my body really starts returning to normal. She’s more worried about my baseline numbers, the ones in the morning before I eat and before I go to bed. So she told me to go back to checking my sugars. But only morning and night (at least 2 hrs after I’ve eaten). If things are high then, she wants to discuss it more. Otherwise, we’re just going to wait and see.

While I don’t get out of things completely yet, it could be worse. I only have to check twice a day. I don’t have to remember to look an hour after eating. I should be watching what I eat, but not as strictly as I did before. As long as my base numbers are low, then I should be fine.

And that’s a big relief for me. Of course, I’m not 100% out of the woods yet. I’m still at risk. But I don’t have diabetes right now. I’ll take it. It’s a small victory, but I certainly could use it.

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BPA and health concerns merge

I’ve been reading a lot about BPA in plastics. It started when Kathy created Safe Mama to keep track of things like BPA and toy recalls. My worries have steadily grown. I really need to find some safe bottles for the wee one. Right now, I have some Playtex bottles. I think they are called Aire or something like that. I’ll need to check. But they are plastic and it’s doubtful that they’re safe. I’ve only used the bottles 3 or 4 times and actually haven’t even heated the milk in them. Wee boy has had the milk at room temp and he eats just fine. But when I start back to work at the office part time, I’ll need to pump regularly and he’ll be eating from bottles a lot more frequently.

Now, add in more worries. I just read some more info over at Mommy Off the Record and she mentions that BPA can cause many health issues. One of them is diabetes. For the last 2-3 years, I have been drinking from Nalgene bottles. They are not BPA free. While I don’t drink hot liquids from the bottle, it’s still possible that I have had exposure to BPA all this time. My bloodwork from Wednesday indicates that at least one of my numbers is elevated. Which means I’ll probably have to go back to monitoring again. Could BPA exposure be a contributor? I’m not sure how I would even know that, or if I can find out. What I do know is I’ve regularly been screened for diabetes over the years and I’ve always been fine. Why now? I really don’t know. But I’m back to being scared and worried again. I don’t want to do this.

But I don’t have a choice, do I? I’ll find out more on Monday when I go to see the nurse practitioner.

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