On the Friday where I was 38 weeks pregnant, I got a 24 hour gastro bug.
That Saturday night, my husband got a 24 hour gastro bug of his own.
Then that Sunday night, my son got it and he couldn’t keep anything down. My husband and I stayed up taking care of him all night.
Finally, it looked like it had abated some by 5AM and we could get a few hours rest, and then my water broke!
So into the hospital I went, no sleep, no food.
They inserted a ‘power bar’ type needle into my arm to plug in various meds:
- 1 for ivy: to keep me hydrated
- 1 for Oxytocin: to speed up the contractions
- 1 for insulin: I had to remove the pump and let them handle the dosing
- 1 for glucose: to be given when I was in active labor
They checked my blood glucose every hour. When I went low they wouldn’t let me take Dex4 or any food to fix it, they injected me with glucose, then diminished my insulin
When I went high, they increased the insulin drip.
After 12 hours, my daughter was born!
A little Mini Me of 8lbs and 4 oz
So sweet, so small, so beautiful!
My own insulin levels immediately drop by a third. I had already programmed an insulin profile for this into my pump. It’s the placenta that makes a pregnant Type 1 insulin resistant.
- Hospital food is terrible! Bland and full of fat and carbs, not a fresh vegetable in sight. Guess they don’t want you to overstay your welcome!
- The nurses and staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal are fantastic! Warm and caring and helpful.
- The epidural is a fantastic invention!