Thursday, June 5, 2008

Out of the fire into the frying pan

I had gestational diabetes with Esther, which means that with this pregnancy, instead of waiting to take the 1-hour glucose test until I'm in my 28th week, they wanted me to do it as soon as possible, even as early as 8 weeks. Because I was so sick, I knew that I couldn't go into the lab fasting and then drink that horrible glucola drink and then wait an hour to have my blood taken, because I would throw up. So I waited until this Monday to take the test, at 14 weeks, because I'm finally starting to feel like a human being again. I got the phone call today. My blood sugar was 158, and it is supposed to be under 135. Good times. The next step in this process is the 3-hour glucose test. This is an even funner test that you take if you fail the 1-hour test, in which you go into the lab fasting, get your blood drawn, drink the drink, and then get more blood drawn every hour for three hours. This confirms the diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Then you get to start following the DIABETIC DIET, and doing finger pricks four times a day to test your blood sugar levels.

So finding out about this at week 14 instead of week 28 gives me that much more time to enjoy this whole process. But I definitely prefer what is coming to what is passing. I would give myself 4, 8, 12 shots a day and follow the strictest diet in the world as long as I didn't have to feel sick and throw up. So bring on the diabetes, it is definitely not as bad as the morning sickness.

9 comments:

Nicole said...

I just wanted to say... hang in there! I love how your sense of humor about your pregnancy comes through in your blog.

Byron & Michelle said...

You are a trooper with a great attitude. Can I still bring you food, or is it all cardboard disguised as food now?

Hubers said...

Amen!!!!
I hope you continue to feel much better.

Janie said...

I'll try not to tempt you with sugary desserts, slushy, sugary drinks, and big warm buttered pretzels.
Oh, did you want to go get dessert tonight before the diet starts?

LL said...

Lame. But just think - you'll get into the good habit now and then you'll already be on a healthy diet after the baby is born and you'll just have to maintain. :-) "Just"...

Amber said...

Congrats!!!!!! I haven't visited in a while. wooohoooo!! and I am glad you are feeling better! hugs!

BECKY said...

Yeah, I guess throwing up is worse than having diabetes. Just hang in there. At least your diabetes will stop plaguing you when you give birth!

Lisa said...

Ugh! So sorry!

gregandellyn said...

I failed the 1 hour test twice so I had the pleasure of taking the three hour test twice as well. Luckily, I barely passed the three hour test. My sympathies. Don't go for the cola flavor, it is the worst!