|27 Weeks... Bun in The Oven while Baking in My Apron|
I am shaking in my sugar coated boots! Just kidding. I really don't think I have Gestational Diabetes. My doctor agrees with me, too. Only a lab technician can tell, though. On Wednesday I had my three-hour Glucose Test There was no way I was looking forward to the test. Three hours! After fasting for over 12 hours! I packed up my latest library book, a gigantic water bottle, and a tummy full of patience.
It was my lucky day! There were only two doctors in the office, so a few rooms were open and one had my name on it! Sweet! I had privacy to read my not-very-engaging book, browse two Good Housekeeping magazines and rest on top of one of the exam bed/table/things. I left the stirrups down, thank you very much, as I cozied up under two cotton hospital gowns to keep warm.
Here is what to expect if you find yourself having to take this test, too.
- No eating past midnight the night before your test (the last thing I ate was dinner at 7pm).
- Drink plenty of water to keep your veins popping - you don't want to be stuck more than necessary.
- Bring reading or at least listening materials and a sense of good humor. Three hours doesn't go quick.
- The phlobotomist will prick your finger to test your sugar level and then take a vial of "fasting" blood.
- You will then drink up the glucose drink that is TWICE as sweet as the one used for the screening test.
- You have five minutes to do this and Do not throw up, as if you could help it, or you'll have to do this all over again!
- An hour later you will be back in the chair for your second, an hour after for your third and then the last hour for your fourth vial.
- If you are a delicate flower, like me, you will have a bruised fingertip and sore elbow crooks. I am one tough mama and can handle it, I assure you.
And then you wait for results. Oh the waiting! How un-sweet it is!