My Doctor Requests That I Stab Myself

April 25th, 2007

Kaiser claims that I do have this gestational diabetes nonsense. The test results are wacky. The 2nd time I did the 1 hour test, my fasting glucose level was high, but the 1 hour was low. Then I did the 3 hour yesterday, which was less awful that I expected.  I got somewhat opposite results from last time: the fasting was low, the 1 and 2 hour were high, and the 3 hour was low. I think this is silly, and based on questionable science, but I don’t mind changing my diet and stuff. Less thrilled about the “and stuff,” honestly–they had me pick up some of those prick-yourself things at the pharmacy, but I don’t have to start with that until some mystery lady calls me to sign me up for the diabetes management class. Bleh. Fortunately between our regular healthy eating and the Bradley pregnancy diet I don’t have to make a lot of changes. It seems like all I’ll have to do for now is stop eating fruit at breakfast & not eat sugary goodies at all the upcoming parties/holidays–baby shower, Mother’s Day, birthdays, etc. I may have to do less juicing than I had planned, too. The important thing is that the baby isn’t large for her age, which means that so far there shouldn’t be any natural or doctor-inflicted complications from this. Heart rate and activity level seem good too.

I got sent home with a bunch of handouts about the gestational diabetes, and while they were mostly useless, I did find a few points on the “Nutrition Keynotes” sheet quite interesting. This part is the best thing about my day so far:

  • Daily exercise recommendations: A 10- to 20- minute walk after meals helps lower blood sugar. If you have been advised to limit activity, ask your health care professional about substituting upper arm exercises.

Somehow, this is hilariously funny to me.  

Oh, and the nurse who weighs you and stuff had this awsome photo up in her cubicle. I can’t figure out how to paste it in but here is the link:

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2286512030066239699AayBzx

Plus! (Apparently this is a much better day than I thought) I got baby stuff coupons at the doctor’s office right when Ralphs is having a sale so I am going to get 2 free boxes of wipes and 2 free bottles of baby wash! I am turning into a minor coupon dork again because I am REALLY into stockpiling cheap toiletries etc right now so we don’t run out of anything in the first few months the baby is out.  

Penguin Powered Vehicle

April 24th, 2007

This is why I have a camera phone.

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This car was parked in front of me in the parking lot when I went to the produce market. The engine was running, but the car was empty. When I came back out, the engine was still running. Bill and I have been weirdly into license places from other places lately so it was especially cool. BTW, does anyone know where a long European-style red plate with white text is from? There’s a Persian-looking guy in an Audi with plates like that that I keep seeing in town, and I can’t figure it out.

I should have lots o’ medical news in the next day or two. Stay tuned! 🙂

Photos, Finally

April 21st, 2007

Jenny and Emile got us the exciting Moby Wrap, which you might call the anaconda of the baby carrier world–it is 18 feet long! It takes some practice to wrap it so I’ve been working on it with the bunnies. I also looked up “how to swaddle” on the internet and practiced on Rozalia (reading instructions on the right). Sorry, no photo of that, but I had to share because Bill has been carrying her around like that for the last hour, playing house.
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Took this one today, at 32 weeks. Not the most attractive picture ever, but I dropped the camera immediately after and broke it, so it will have to do. The nice thing is that you can see our new dining room table/chairs too. I am excited about having the moms over for Mother’s Day brunch. We never had room for that many people before since we were eating on the dinky little drafting table that my family bought at Ikea back when it was called Stor. The funny thing about this photo is that I am accidentally showing how dangerous those pointy chair tops are for an enormous pregnant lady. I will love them more when the baby is out and they poke me less.

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Friday was my last day at my job. It was good, but weird.

Sugar Sugar

April 13th, 2007

Still haven’t figured out this gestational diabetes nonsense. So clearly you should look at this link Bronwen sent me, of the most amazing marshmallow peep dioramas:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/070402/GAL-07Apr02-69859/index.html

Now That I Quit My Job, What Should I Read?

April 9th, 2007

Yes, I gave my 2 week notice. My last day is next Friday, the 20th!!! I agonized over when to leave but now it is clear that A) my hips/legs often hurt too much when I am on my feet all day B) I am starting to get more fatigued and C) I have, with my reduced hours, crossed that line where the pay is no longer enough to justify the frequent aggravation & inability to get anything done after work because I’m too broken. Vanessa is organizing a shower for me the day after I leave. Yay! Now I just have to make some serious decisions about which books to buy with my remaining store credit & discount.

I will miss a lot of things about the job, but you can help me adjust by recommending books for me to get from the library or my new best friend, paperbackswap.com! No heart-wrenching book club titles, please, unless maybe they are nonfiction. I’m cooling off on reading kidlit in anticipation of the spawn, but am still open to a really good new older elementary to young adult title. Lately I’ve loved both Lamb and Fluke by Christopher Moore, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (sort of like Fried Green Tomatoes set in a circus in the depression), more Cherry Ames books (kitchy Nancy-Drewish children’s mysteries from the 40s-50s about a nurse), Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata (awesome historical fiction children’s book about dogs in the US Army during the Vietnam war, by the winner of the Newberry several years back), From Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals, the trashy-and-yet-not-smutty books about the Amish by Beverly Lewis, travel memoirs by Bill Bryson, plus some books about education and literary memoirs (my favorite genre) like Riding the Bus With My Sister. Really I am open to just about anything except true crime, horror and chicklit. I like cool science and history writing, and don’t read much science fiction/fantasy but am open to it. I’d be happy to get into some mysteries again too–I’ve just been disappointed with the quality of the writing in most of the ones I’ve started lately. When I’m home and not feeling terrific I can read a book a day so please tell me all your favorites!

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