Tuesday, February 23, 2010

going low: the opportunities abound!


to stoop down.
a hit below the belt.
to feel hypoglycemic.

also known as an opportunity par excelence in being type 1:

to eat anything in sight without question.
i wonder if this toothpaste'll do the trick...

to eat everything in sight without remorse.
do ya think a latte, 2 peaches, a p.b&j, and a small horse will cover this?
[in your stupor, you actually may not believe this to be quite enough...]

to eat food items that otherwise would get you in a lot of trouble.
-hey, i thought cupcakes were off limits?
-but officer [insert name of diabetes police-person here] i'm low!

to enjoy citrus fruits without abandon.
it's only one orange. that grocery clerk won't notice.
"hey you! step away from the oranges!"
"but i'm... doing a taste test!"

(the best part of this post is that you think i'm joking.)

book review next week: cheryl alkon's "balancing pregnancy with preexisting diabetes"~

so cheryl alkon's book "balancing pregnancy with preexisting diabetes" is coming out in april. let me be the (not) first person to say that this type of book is long overdue. i had the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about cheryl via facebook and the DOC (she kindly comments on my messy blog). so when she offered some bloggers the opportunity to read her manuscript to do reviews before its release i literally jumped at the chance! this book is going to become the bible for women with diabetes (particularly type 1's) who want to plan a healthy pregnancy. it's like "what to expect when you're expecting with diabetes"! only waaaaaay better.

oh, and she's not paying me to say this. :)

the book (i'm nearly done with it) is amazing. you know how type 1 women are always complaining about how there's no information about diabetes and pregnancy? how,when we do find info, it's from the dark ages and promotes only one way of looking at the pregnancy; that is, assuming that you'll probably suck at control and will most likely need every medical intervention under the sun? oh, and my favorite part: when you do read one of said-bad-books, it actually says...nothing. this often sums up all we get:
  • keep very tight control. master of the obvious writes the nonfiction piece of the century!
  • your insulin requirements will drop in the first trimester and reach their highest in the second and third. um, a little more info, please?
  • you'll need to see a high-risk pregnancy specialist. duh
i could go on and on. but i won't. i know you already know the frustration! just know that cheryl's book covers everything. in detail. and the amount of women she interviewed really assists in making it personal and meaningful. not just some textbook with confusing rules and graphs. she keeps it real. she offers every option. she openly discusses the struggles. she's a type 1 mama who had a heart for her girlfriends!

stay tuned for my extensive book review early next week!