Yesterday I had my yearly female appointment with my gynecologist. Even though his office is labeled as OB/GYN, I like to invert the two and add an "O" making him my "GYNOOB" (pronounced "guy"-"noob"), cuz I'm mature like that.
I know most women can't say this, but I love my gynecologist! Of all my doctors, he is definitely the nicest and most encouraging one I have. Yes, you may have to wait over an hour past your appointment time to see him, but it's worth it when he takes your time with you and treats you like you're the only patient in the world. (And especially with this kind of appointment, sensitivity and patience is key.)
He always makes a point to ask me, with genuine sincerity, about my diabetes. I usually tell him, "Fine," but I know I could say, "It's a pain in the arse," if I wanted to. When he asked me what my last A1c was and I said 6.3, he looked up from his chart and smiled, "Good for you! That's awesome!" "Thanks, I just try to keep up with it," I shrugged. This (A1c) point led to an interesting topic between us:
Me: "So, what would be your threshold for, say, pregnancy?"
Dr. (smiling): "Oh that's a great topic! I would want you to stay under 7.0, but that will be controlled by you and your endo. Who are you seeing for that?"
Me: "Dr. [insert name here], the one with the 'special' sense of humor."
Dr. (stomping his foot and laughing): "That is so true, he's definitely unique."
Nice to know even another doctor notices my endo's dry personality. Should make April feel better. ;-)
So after this nice little chat and my *ahem* exam, he looked me in the eye and told me I was just as healthy as any other woman who desires children. "That's what I wanted to hear," I said and he walked out the door. And before I left the room, I paused and held onto his words like they were charms on a bracelet: "just as healthy". Even though we're not trying for a baby right now, I like knowing that we could. Like the power of my diabetes is harnessed and chained, under my control. I couldn't help feeling a little empowered, like some goddess of femininity wielding a pump and CGM.
Trey and I talk about having kids all the time, like they're already here or something. And sometimes I forget that having diabetes makes that dream a little more of a nightmare. I'm not afraid of the lab-rat-type testing I'll undergo, or even the constant warnings of complications due to high blood sugars. The one thing I'm afraid of more than anything: motherhood itself. I know I want kids, and I desire them more than anything. I get all teary-eyed at posts like this one and get chills thinking about someone calling me, "Mommy." But I'm a little anxious about the 180 life-change that will follow. It's the same anxiety I felt before college, getting married, buying a house, or adopting another dog. It's the anxiety of not being prepared for something very important, only to realize there's NO WAY to be fully prepared to begin with.
It's so strange to desire something that you're terrified of, like WANTING to be bitten by a snake (who would want that?!). To be responsible for a life, a soul, that will rely on you to know how to walk through this life. Hoping that they find God's love, and praying you're not going to screw it up! And wondering how can you love someone so much that you haven't even met! (CC: Facing the Giants)
I don't know, we're so far ahead of the literal pregnancy/diabetes stuff that I'm still focused on the big picture. All I can say is that I'm excited and terrified, especially now that I've added a new label to my blog: pregnancy.
Whoa! Things are starting to get too real around here. So to level things out, here's a picture of my dog gassing me with one of her rancid farts.
Aaaaaaaand, we're back! =)
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nurse, certified diabetes educator (CDE) or any medical professional of any kind. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!) Therefore, please do not use any of my postings as medical fact. I am simply a blogger expressing my highs and lows (pun intended) with diabetes. For changes in your medication, exercise regiment, or diet please consult a qualified physician.