The Sliding Scale


Popping into hospital the other day for a check on the baby bump turned into a little unexpected adventure that I really wasn’t expecting this week. As these checks usually last about twenty minutes I thought nothing of taking Little Z with me as he loves it so much. There is the “cinema” in the waiting room where he happily watches all the baby and pram adverts on repeat whilst munching on some snack or other. He then watches in fascination as my blood pressure is taken and various gadgets are turned on to let us listen to the baby. He has a very strong love of both technology and anything that involves checking patients over.

This particular check quickly involved a bit of intense commotion followed by some surprise jabs and them telling me I wasn’t going home that night as I would need a sliding scale. A what? Having watched one too many movies the first thing that came to me was how it would make a good title to a summer blockbuster.

It turns out a sliding scale is a long slow drip of insulin administered to diabetics after certain situations. They start it off at a certain level and reduce it through the course of it whilst your body regulates itself to the latest changes. The doctor explained that the jab they had given to me would result in knocking out my sugar levels for a while and the insulin drip would help to regulate it all. The only thing was that it would be a 12 hour process; meaning I wasn’t going anywhere that night. On top of that, I would need a second jab in the morning and then another 24 hour drip. And my bloods would have to be monitored hourly. Through the night. On the hour. Every hour. Oh dear.

So started a blur of 36 hours of a slow insulin drip and learning to wheel my drip around like some bad trolley from Tescos. I discovered it takes until the second night to start becoming grumpy and slightly delirious with no sleep but it only takes half a night, I would say around 4am, to lose your temper and shout over to the girl on the next bed who has been on the phone to her friends and relatives ALL night long . She eventually put her phone down and spent the next day snoring away. I did warm to her after night 2 when she had her baby but sadly I didn’t get to see what her baby looked like. In fact, I probably couldn’t pick her out of a line up either.

The midwives and doctors were amazing and I really don’t know how they keep going hour after hour, patient after patient, task after task with all the compassion that they do. It really does take a special type of person and I was very lucky to have a rota of extremely nice ones that kept me laughing through all the countless wake ups. At one point I was told I was their least serious patient but the one that needed the most monitoring. I was half tempted to offer my blood to them through the night for my hourly checks on the understanding they didn’t wake me up. I was’t brave enough to suggest it, but I bet people have in the past. It’s a reasonable offer, right?

Apparently, once the baby is born I will need another sliding scale, depending on what drugs are used. As complicated as gestational diabetes seems to be, I am assured it will go once the baby arrives so here is still hoping.

So this weekend seemed like a very good time to actually pack my hospital bag and stick it in the boot. In all the washing I found Little Z’s 2010 outfit. One of his very first outfits. Sadly I haven’t found a 2015 equivalent yet but the hunt goes on!

(Week 4 of Project 52)

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  1. Nikki Thomas July 25, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Oh my goodness that sounds like an ordeal. I had a similar woman next to me when I had A, she would talk loudly on her phone all the time and then eat packet after packet of crips really noisily. She is lucky she made it out of the hospital alive. I hope you are feeling ok x
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Hahaha I’m imagining you having her in some kind of hold with a drip 😉

  2. Charli July 25, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    What a nightmare, I know all too well about going to the hospital for a simple check up and them admitting you with the only difference being they admitted me to have my daughter 7 weeks early… Something I was definitely not ready or prepared for! I had two awful women on either side of me on my first night in the hospital – One who snored like there was a motorbike setting off and the other who just didn’t know the definition of quiet! I was so happy when they took me to my private room for what seemed like the longest 6 days of my life. I really hope you’re feeling better and I’m glad that once baby is here your diabetes will be gone xx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      The motorbike snored sounds awful! Glad you ended up being moved to a private room.

  3. Sarah MumofThree World July 25, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Oh my goodness! It sounds like a right nightmare, but great that you were so well cared for. Here’s hoping the next few weeks go more smoothly for you.
    And how cute is that little outfit?! Will keep my eyes peeled for a 2015 version!
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks S! I’m not sure why people say staying in hospital means having a good rest!

  4. Foz July 25, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Oh wow never heard of the sliding scale while I had gestational diabetes! What an ordeal!

    Love that outfit!!
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      Me either till they said there was 2. I really hope I don’t have to ever have that again!

  5. 76sunflowers July 25, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Oh my gosh – what a time you have had. I recall a particularly loud snorer on my post caesarean ward – some people hey?! The baby suit is gorgeous – good luck in your quest to find this year’s model 🙂
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you! I found one and it’s all now bought and packed 🙂

  6. Louise July 26, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Hope that you are managing to get some more sleep now that you are home and hope that everything was ok with all your bloods while you were in hospital. Good luck with getting your hospital bag packed and the rest of your pregnancy.
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you! I’ve finally packed it now although I should probably repack some of it.

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Zena! I was really glad to be back home and slept for almost the entire weekend!

  7. Melody July 26, 2015 / 12:16 am

    Oh my gosh! What a nightmare. I hope you are managing okay now. The baby suit is beautiful. xx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks Melody, I was most definitely glad to escape and I’m hoping there’s no more stays!

  8. tracey at Mummyshire July 26, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Gosh, that must’ve been a real shock to you esp as you had Little Z with you too. But sounds like you coped, sort of and I don’t think anyone would blame you for getting angry with the mobile phone addict on the other side of the corridor!
    Really cute baby grow – you forget just how small they are when first born!
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      I did a big wash of baby clothes and I still can’t believe how small they are!

  9. MEl July 26, 2015 / 12:31 am

    How did I miss that??? Congratulations! You’re going to love having 2. There is nothing more touching than the love your older child gives the baby, and then the reciprocal admiration that comes a few months later.

    I have looked into the ‘born in 2015’ thing. Here is what I have just found for you: (blue) (pink),default,pd.html#q=born%202015 (white)
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks so much!! I ended up getting the Next one 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Cathy, I’m back to normal now. Just very slow and sniffly but in a “feels right” kind of way!

  10. chantelle hazelden July 26, 2015 / 7:52 am

    gosh, I would have gone mad being in for so long, glad all is ok now and aaaa to that top, so many memories attached!! x
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      It was slightly tempting to escape whilst attached to the drip! Glad to be out now!

  11. Beth July 26, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Oh bless you!! 🙁 Hope you’re ok.

    You may find a similar top but with 2015 on ebay or NEXT 🙂 Good luck xxx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you!! I bought the Next one. It’s all packed now 🙂

  12. Hayley @hayleyfromhome July 26, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Uh no, even worse that you thought you’d only be in there and hour and had to stay all that time with hourly monitoring! I’m glad all is ok though and it is good to know you and bump are being looked after. I don’t know much about gestational diabetes but it sounds like you are being very sensible with it 🙂
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      I will be so happy if the gestational diabetes disappears. That’s what they keep telling me so here’s hoping!!

  13. chickenruby July 26, 2015 / 9:46 am

    sorry to hear you’re having to go through all of this and I suspect I would have yelled at the women in the next bed on her phone also
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks S, I was relieved when she finally had her baby and was taken to another ward!

  14. Hannah | MakeDo&Push July 26, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Bless you! What a crazy 36 hours! I would have definitely yelled…and probably before 4am!!! xxx

    ps I have a feeling Next might do the “born in” sleepsuits xx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Hannah!! I have the 2015 Next one now, it was too cute not to buy 😀

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks VC!! 🙂 I’m just hoping I don’t need to go through all that again.

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you! I’m hoping the next few weeks are very eventless too.

  15. Jenny Paulin July 26, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    oh Tas i am so sorry to read this. How awful to pop in for a routine check up to have to stay in and put up with that woman on her phone!!! I really hope that the rest of your pregnancy passes by more smoothly.
    i love that baby grow – you could always find a company which personalises clothing??? xx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Jenny! I’m feeling back to normal now and just hoping it’s all boring from now on x

  16. Iona@redpeffer July 26, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    That sounds like a lot of hard work, how incredibly stressful. I’m impressed you kept your temper that long to be honest-I have never been able to sleep in hospitals (sadly I’ve had a fair few times when I’ve had to try), both with similar nocturnal visits from medical staff and without, so you have my total sympathy. Take good care of yourself xx
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      I always hope for a private room and it never happens unfortunately. If ever I have to go again I’m going to ask!

  17. Adventures of a Novice Mum July 26, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Life and its unexpectated happenings. I’m glad you’re better now and hopefully it goes away after your birth as expected. Congratulations on your second; what an exciting time this must be for you :-). #blogcomment
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it was definitely all a bit of a shock. But glad it’s over now.

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Merlinda, all hugs appreciated :).

  18. Sarah - Todays Moments July 26, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    ohh I have been away from blogging for a while- so congratulations – Sorry to hear that you had a rough time, hopefully the next few weeks go smoothly and that outfit is sooooo cute I hope you find a 2015 version 🙂
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Sarah, I haven’t seen you about in forever!! Glad you’re back now 🙂

  19. TheBoyandMe July 26, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Good on you for bellowing at the other girl, people are very badly behaved in hospital and don’t think of others. I hope that you’ve managed to catch up with sleep and are feeling ok now lovely?
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Took me a couple of days of long sleeps but definitely feeling a lot better now xx

  20. HelpfulMum July 26, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Wow, sounds like an ordeal. I love the baby outfit. Fingers crossed you find another one for this bundle.
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    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks Sian. Am just glad I can go back to normal now and I’ve escaped!

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks very much Susan, it does feel a bit like a second home But not enough to stay there!

    • Notmyyearoff August 13, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks Laura, this time has definitely been a lot more challenging with everything that’s happened!

  21. HonestMum July 27, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Oh no I’m so sorry you are going through all this, I was monitored so much towards the end of my first pregnancy as I had OC and remember how tough it was and that was without another child. You are doing so well and I’m so glad you had such caring, pastoral support from the medical professionals during your stay. I cannot wait to hear your happy news, I have a feeling you’re having a girl this time xx
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  22. Jane - Our Little Escapades July 27, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Were you being woken every hour on the hour then? I had to laugh that you shouted at the lady opposite you. I remember I had to be woken for blood pressure through the night with Little E. Not something I remember with Ethan but I might have blocked those memories out lol.
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  23. Sara | mumturnedmom July 27, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Argh, that must have been a tough 36 hours, especially as it was somewhat unexpected! Glad they are taking such good care of you though. Hope you find a 2015 baby gro 🙂
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  24. Katie @mummydaddyme July 28, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Oh goodness lovely how frightening and also what a drama. At least you were in the right place and they sorted you out, you poor thing. And I remember having a lady like that on the ward when I had LL, she was a right nightmare, and snored all night long- horrendous! Hope you are feeling a little better. xx
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  25. Erica Price August 1, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Sounds horrible – having spent several hours in an antenatal ward while in labour, I know it isn’t the best place to get some sleep.
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