Happy New Year and what an exciting year 2014 is going to be! First things first, Ben and I could not be more excited to announce that Baby Greene will be arriving in May!!! Having a baby is something that both Ben and I have wanted for a long time and we are so excited to finally have our dream come true! From an OB perspective, I'm considered "high risk" meaning that there are more detailed ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy (not necessarily a bad thing) and that I will be very closely monitored, especially during the 3rd trimester, with weekly appointments and ultrasounds. So far my OB experience has been fairly routine...it's the diabetes management part that is a bit more complicated. It's extremely important that my blood sugar is very tightly controlled to prevent serious complications both to the baby and to me. I have an amazing endocrinology team at the University of Minnesota who keeps a very, very, very close eye on me. I have appointments to see my endocrinology team every other week, I email my levels and reports to my endocrinology team every 4 days, and I wear a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) that monitors my blood sugar levels every 5 minutes. It's a lot of work, and I’ve become obsessed, but it will all be worth it when we finally get to hold our little snuggle bug in our arms.
The other exciting news is that it's time for the JDRF MinnDakotas 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes! JDRF has an incredible plan to turn Type One into Type None and you can be a part of writing history. JDRF's plan not only includes improving the lives of those currently living with the disease and ultimately finding a cure, but it also has a plan to make sure that no child or adult develops T1D ever again. The thought of Baby Greene one day being diagnosed with T1D immediately starts my heart racing and I hope that fear never becomes a reality. Please consider making a donation to my walk team, Em’s Entourage. It's not just about me but it's about the other 3 million children and adults living with T1D as well as those that may one day develop it. Your donation will help turn Type One into Type None and ensure Baby Greene never has to have a walk team of his/her own.