I'm going to visit my endocrinologist on Monday with the hope that she will tell me my womb is now safe to be occupied. I am optimistic that I have lowered my A1C over the last three months and that she will give me the green light. She is located across the hall from the maternal fetal high risk OB clinic where I will be transitioning to once I have a bun in the oven. They have "diabetic" Friday clinic days when all pregnant T1 diabetics show up for their battery of tests and adjustments.

I have this fantasy. I am pregnant, diabetic and visiting this clinic every other Friday to make sure that the growing fetus is not living in a toxic environment. I see myself in the small-ish waiting room. The walls are painted a sterile white and there are paintings with calming colors. On the tables, magazines are stacked with covers featuring healthy babies. A mother is holding her shapely child above her head and there is a lovely park in the background. She is happy with her healthy baby. There are only women in this waiting room. Pregnant women with little bumps and swelling bellies. Type 1 women with insulin pumps attached to their hips. Because it is Diabetic Friday. I strike up a conversation with them and we find out that we have everything in common. We are all pregnant AND diabetic. We see each other every two weeks in this waiting room. Five of us become friends. We have fancy lunches in downtown Chicago when the drone of non-stress tests, ultrasounds and tweaking of basal rates are finished. We order our mid-day meal. Could I have 1 cup of a tasty low-sodium, vegetable soup with extra vegetables. Two ounces of lean protein. A slice of whole wheat bread, preferably with a low glycemic index. And a non-alcoholic, sugar free margarita please. We discuss our latest A1C's, how much our insulin requirements have increased, what doctor we saw that day and what he told me that was different from you. We discuss how often and when the fetus is kicking, how our husbands are talking to our bellies and whether or not we will return to work. We discuss the nurses we LOVE and the one's who drive us crazy. We lament about our challenges and celebrate our triumphs.

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Comment by Dana Clark on August 18, 2010 at 10:37am
I love this post! My joke about my pregnancies is I got SOOO much more attention than regular pregnancies. I was special and VERY important. It did feel like an adventure on my own for the one goal of a healthy, happy baby. I had one planned, and one 'bonus' child :). Both were a lot of work and I didn't care one bit. I knew I was in good care, no matter how many freaking appointments I had to go to. I think this should be the new Bravo Housewives show!
Comment by Gerri on August 18, 2010 at 1:25pm
Wishing you the green light, a delightful pregnancy, fabulous lunches with the mom-friends & a healthy baby!
Comment by kittiecouture on August 18, 2010 at 2:11pm
I just love your post. I'm wishing that you get your green light. I have one daughter and I am 29 weeks now with my secound baby. It is a joy even with all of the appointments and everything.
Comment by Teena on August 19, 2010 at 2:07am
Trying to visualize your fantasy...and it sounds wonderful!
I wish you all the best on your pregnancy plans...and a happy healthy baby!
Comment by Abbey on August 19, 2010 at 1:28pm
Thanks for "seeing" my visualization with me!
Comment by Hope on August 19, 2010 at 4:54pm
You must go to Northwestern Hospital...I used to go there and actually got to go to a "diabetic Friday" once. Then I loved to a smaller community and really felt the loss of what I hope to experience during m prenatal visit. I remember sitting in the waiting room thinking "everyone in here has diabetes, and is pregnant how cool." Good luck and enjoy!
Comment by Abbey on August 20, 2010 at 6:27am
Hope! That's where I'm going. Northwestern's maternal fetal high risk clinic. They are fabulous! Or at least what I know of them so far. I am sp looking forward to being their patient. Isn't that funny?
Comment by Hope on August 21, 2010 at 1:43pm
They are so totally fabulous! As far as being a diabetic and pregnant goes, I think it must be the best experience possible. I was so isolated in my new doctor's clinic....no diabetic days, no even sign that other diabetics were out there.
Comment by Cara on August 22, 2010 at 5:59pm
Wow, a diabetic Friday? I was the only diabetic at the time in my OB's office. I was the only diabetic delivering my 3 kids, and my pump? I was the highlight of the week for the nurses. I actually gave tutorials on insulin pumps. Then again, my youngest is 6, the other 2 are 9 and 12, so I'm an old timer.

Good luck!! A diabetic pregnancy is not an easy thing to do, but when you have that baby in your arms, all that hard work was so worth it.
Comment by Jacq Allan on August 24, 2010 at 8:54am
that's really sweet blog :)


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