Tuesday, April 7, 2009

28 Week appt. & Glucose Screening Test

Like I stated in my last post, I had a regular monthly pre-natal appointment scheduled for last Friday (a day after my ultrasound). I was scheduled to see another doctor in the practice that I had not seen before - his name is Dr. Heider. He was very pleasant and informative. All in all, the appointment went very well. Here are some stats from that appointment:
  • Blood pressure: 110/80
  • Weight gain: 3.5 lbs for a running total of 13 lbs
  • Jacob's heartbeat: 141 bpm
After I was finished with Dr. Heider, he gave me the paperwork to go down to the Lab, which is located in the same building as the OB/GYN office, to do my Glucose Screening Test, which tests for Gestational Diabetes. I had been told by a few of my friends who had already been through this, that it was pretty awful, so I was prepared for the worst.

I was pleasantly surprised when the Lab Tech handed me a small water-bottle sized container of fruit punch flavored liquid. I guess from what I had heard from other people, I expected it to be a gallon of liquid that I had to drink. Thankfully - even though I am not a fan of fruit punch - it went down very easily, didn't taste bad at all, and I was done drinking it in a matter of minutes. Once I was finished and handed the empty bottle back to the Tech, she wrote down the time and said that she would take a blood sample from me in one hour. I made my way to the seating area, found a interesting looking magazine (I think it was Redbook, but I can't quite remember) and sat down to wait an hour. Once the hour was up, she took a blood sample and told me that the result would be sent to the doctor the next day.

Yesterday, a nurse from the OB/GYN office called and said that my results came back and my glucose level was elevated - it was 166 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood plasma (mg/dL). She said that it wasn't super high but higher than they would like to see. A level of 200 mg/dL or over definitely means you have diabetes and she said that anything over 130 mg/dL means that the woman has to have a follow-up test called a Glucose Tolerance Test. This test is similar to the Screening test except I have to drink twice the amount of glucose liquid AND it is a three hour test. This time, after I drink the sugary stuff, I have to have my blood drawn one hour, two hours, and three hours afterwards. Fun times, huh?

I have this three hour test scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8:30am. I guess I need to bring a good book and just plan to hunker down in the waiting room all morning. I am wondering if they have wireless internet access in the lab....maybe I will bring my laptop and see if I can actually accomplish something worthwhile (ya know, like blogging or reading blogs or facebooking....those sorts of things. HAHA). Anyways, hopefully I will get the results back tomorrow afternoon or Thursday at the latest. I will be sure to post an update once I have the results.

Please pray that things continue to go well for Jacob (and me) and that all of this testing comes out normal. I will certainly do whatever I need to do to make sure that the baby and I are both healthy during these last few months, but having to deal with diabetes (if, in fact, I do have it) will not be fun!


Jill said...

Hey- I'll be thinking of you- Lots of people have to go for the 3 hour screening- I did. And several friends of mine had to deal with GD, but it was totally manageable. I hope things work out...

Brian and Karen said...

I will be praying. Like I said before, it is all in God's hands and He is totally in control. Everything happens for a reason and everything will be wonderful, even if it isn't like "we planned." Don't I know that!

Also, most hospitals do have wi-fi, so I would bring my lap top if I were you.

Keep us updated.
Love you!

Kristina H. said...

Sorry you have to go through this...I "failed" the one hour test with all my kids and had the joy of sitting through the three hour test four times!!! :) What's funny is the first time, it was SOOOO long...but after that, it was a little "me" time without the kids...with #2, I read, with #3, I cross-stitched and with #4, I knitted...perspective is key! :)
I will continue to pray for you and Jacob...as I said in response to your last post, I had GD with #2 and all was fine! :)

Mom said...

Dad & I are praying for you and baby Jacob. All will be Ok. Love you!

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