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Friday, July 26, 2013

GD Won't Beat Me

If you were "blessed" with a wicked sweet tooth--savoring warm, fudgey brownies, relishing in the marriage of caramel and chocolate in a Twix bar, embracing the beauty of a pint of delectable Ben and Jerry's--and then are told you have gestational diabetes, a number of things will happen:

(Getting tested.)
1.)  You'll cry and cry.  You'll realize you had just purchased a Kit Kat bar the day before your diagnosis.  You'll cry additional buckets of tears as you watch your kids share that Kit Kat bar.  You'll eat almonds and string cheese between sniffles.

2.)  You'll get mad.  You'll hoot and holler about being hungry.  Your husband will be afraid of you.

3.)  You'll get scared, worrying about your baby's health and whether or not she'll grow as large as a watermelon inside your uterus.  You'll quiver with thoughts of complications during delivery of "watermelon baby" because, OH MY GOSH, babies have to pass (usually) through vaginas!!!  You'll hyperventilate into a brown paper bag.  You'll worry about C-sections.

4.)  You'll get depressed,  resorting to unplugging your phone and your flat iron because, hey, why bother doing your hair?  The only public place worth doing your hair for (because doing your hair is exhausting) is the local donut shop.  And you can't go there!  You'll wear ratty, bleach-stained, worn-in-the-butt pajama bottoms and watch lots of Friends reruns.

5.)  And then, after you've grieved the loss of sugar and carbs, and have allowed yourself time to "process" and to "feel what you feel," you'll decide to make the most of the situation.  You'll pull up your bootstraps, snap out of it, and go to work.

You'll start with your not-so-pretty, self care diary--the booklet where you record your ketone test results and your blood sugar numbers.

You'll cover it with card stock paper and decorate it with washi tape.  You'll add bling--because bling makes everything better--and a sticker that reads, "this is life."  Because this IS life for you right now.  And though it may have it's challenges, and though hard days may lurk around the corner, it's still mighty beautiful.  Like your self care diary, you can make it beautiful.

Next, you'll tackle the "prettifying" of your One Touch Ultra Mini meter.  (Who you affectionately refer to as, "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid.")  If you have to finger prick and check your blood, you might as well make your supply pouch pretty.

In a "light bulb" moment, you'll realize that prettifying seems to be an effective form of therapy for you--uplifting your spirits and making you smile.  Things don't look so bad when...well...when things don't look so bad.  It's about making the most out of a situation by doing what makes you happy.

If you have a wicked sweet tooth, and then are told you have gestational diabetes, you'll probably feel like life handed you a wheelbarrow full of lemons.  An infamous, age-old adage would encourage you to make some lemonade.  I would say, No!  Don't do it!  (There's sugar in it, and Splenda leaves a weird aftertaste.)

Instead, I would say...

When life hands you lemons,
you BEDAZZLE the crap out of them!  


  1. You are too cute!! I'm sorry you have to deal with this! Way to have a good attitude. I don't think I could pull myself out of the slump of not having sweets.

  2. ooh you are so creative I cant stand it! I am sorry you have to go through this but kudos for making the best of this. Hopefully after you have your baby you can eat all the sweets! If you want to!

  3. You are wonderful. You can do this! Thank you for being so shiny and real all at the same time. It's quite the challenge to do so, but you pull it off effortlessly.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this. I had GD with my son last summer, but I controlled it completely by diet.

    It was very upsetting at first, but then I was told this is a chance to start again. Relearn about food and change my ways. I was so healthy by the end of my pregnancy that they even let me go overdue, and my second son was smaller than my first (I think I had undiagnosed GD that developed later on) and I felt AMAZING!

    It was a blessing in disguise, but it was tough and it's tough, and it's a great loss... but when those tears are done wipe them away and remember you can do this! :)

    My favorite "treat" were grapes while I was pregnant, I looked forward to string cheese and grapes :) Breakfast was also my favorite meal, I made a yummy omelet with lots of veggies, and had a banana and glass of milk. And another good tip is not to eat closer than 2 hours together.

    You can do this! ((hugs))

  5. I actually laughed out loud. Usually I just LOL to be nice... but this time I really did it.

    You're a champ!

  6. OH my, I am a sugar fiend, I don't know if I could pull myself up! You have an awesome attitude :) On that same note, have you heard of stevia? It's natural (not chemicals like splenda and other "sweeteners"). I have seen recipes for "microwave desserts" and you could replace the sugar with stevia maybe? Love your bling!

  7. glad you are finding a silver lining....I also had GD, and I dealt with it just like you (except the bedazzling) now though I have actual diabetes and it SUCKS, lol I love sweets too, and I'm mad, emotional, and coming to terms with "this is LIfe" and it won't go away after a baby is born cause this time there is no baby....

  8. Awww crap. Seriously?? I'm so sorry. :( I don't have much of a sweet tooth but this would be the equivalent of having my french fries and potato chips revoked.

    Random but LOVE the orange nail polish. :)

  9. Love this!! Bling it up! Thanks for linking up with Favorite Thing again :)

  10. OH!!! So I am not alone. I was just diagnosed this past Wednesday and have to take insulin shots. Still in shock but I have to say watching what you eat is much harder then actually taking the shots. Thanks for the laugh and enjoy your low carb life!

  11. that is amazingly cute! you will rock this!
    you made me laugh at the beginning. did i tell you i miss you?!

  12. This is such a great post. I can't imagine how hard this is for you. As unimportant as it may sound, I support you and respect you. I recently found your blog and I love it. The fashion and art in here is bold and fun! Thanks for running such a trendy womens fashion site!

  13. I had GD with my first pregnancy, and I was insulin dependent. I was at a concert where free samples of Ben & Jerry's were being passed out. I'm sure the poor teenager handing them out did not expect the tears and look of desparation when I had to refuse!


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