For me, blood sugar control and work/career have always been frustratingly linked. The more high-powered, stressful or demanding the job I had, I figured, the harder it would be for me to stay "living on the edge of a hypo" as I thought pregnancy and the prepregnancy period required.
With major effort I ended up being able to ahcieve a 6.4, a 7.0 and a 6.1 HbA1C while working on a curriculum development contract at a university. But I doubted I could maintain this type of control, which I felt I needed for the best chance of a healthy pregnancy, in an actual lecturing job, which was a possible career path for me at the time. I had never done it before and it would see me giving lectures to students and possibly stressed in the lead up to each lecture (at least until I became accustomed to it).
I was fortunate to be offered a job as a Research Assistant 20 hours per week, working from home, doing research that I loved. It promised to be low stress but high in terms of interest and satisfaction. I knew this would be beneficial for my blood sugar control due to the lower stress levels and the decreased level of human interaction.
I loved human interaction!!!!!!!!!
This new job would saw me full of initial doubt about career direction and job security but it ended up being a wonderfully flexible job to continue with very young children. There were untold dilemmas about whether to take on various projects in addition to this job due to the potential effect on the diabetes (I did take a couple of things on in the end). And heck I wasn't even pregnant yet. Who knew how long it would take or if it would even happen?
But here I am now: 35 years and 3 months old, "trying for a baby" with every hope and fear in the world and no idea of the future.
I hope that by sharing my story I can help others approaching the issue of diabetes and pregnancy. There is plenty of information on the web about the medical side of things - most of it negative - but not a lot about how to deal with it.Posted by patton at January 10, 2003 03:34 PM