Friday, May 31, 2013

Glucose Tolerance Test

If you follow me on twitter, you might have read how my 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test went this morning. It was horrible. I have small veins so I made sure to hydrate three days before the test to make it easier on everyone and it didn't work. At least my husband is amazing and went with me so that I didn't have to sit there alone.

It took two sticks to get my fasting blood sugar level and it came back high at 102. Of course, I felt defeated and was not looking forward to the other draws. I was informed that I needed a total of five draws. One fasting, one 30 minutes after the glucose drink, at 1 hr, 2 hrs, and 3 hrs after the drink.

Of course when it came to the half-hour draw, it took them five sicks to get it. I was in tears it hurt so bad. Shooting pain while they stick you is not normal. Plus, I had the woman telling me that labor is so much worse and that they will have a hard time sticking in an IV and that the labor and delivery nurses will tell me to suck it up! Wow, way to make me feel better.

After the issues with that draw, I called my OB's office and begged them to let me be considered to have gestational diabetes because I honestly wasn't sure they would be able to get the last three draws they needed. Of course, they said no and I had to sit there praying that it would only get better.

For the last three draws, she was able to use the same vein in my wrist. Yep, that's what it came down to, but at least she got them!

My left hand is swollen and bruised and I had to ice my arm and hand while waiting to get the was that bad.

I should find out my results on Monday, but I'm not sure what to think. I've done enough research to know that gestational diabetes is not a death sentence and can be manageable many times with diet and exercise. I still pray that I don't have it, but I wouldn't be shocked to find out that I do. I guess we'll find out Monday and go from there.

Good news, I've done well with my weight this week and the OB mentioned at my last appointment that I might get another ultrasound to see how big the baby is before he's born. Of course, I'm hoping for that!


Bridgett said...

Oooo no! I'm sorry your draw was so horrible! Fx you don't have GD. If you do, let me know if you have any questions!

Katie said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry you had a bad experience. It actually sounds exactly like mine. I have terrible veins and I went home with lots of bruises. I ended up having GD, so if you find out you have it, I am here for support or questions or just an ear. Fingers crossed you don't!

Tristan said...

:( how awful!! Prayers for no GD!!

Ya know....I ripped my iv out backwards before labor even started and didnt even notice it until blood was dripping down my once they get it's pretty smooth sailing.

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