Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My Glucose Test & The Weekend

This past weekend was filled with lots of fun (and some not so fun) moments!

It all began on Saturday and the three hour glucose tolerance test which checks for gestational diabetes during pregnancy. My first test was the 1 hour tolerance test which I barely failed, so I had to return for a three hour test on Saturday morning.
 

This test was fasting (nothing to eat or drink after midnight) and involved drinking a beverage that tasted like a super sweet orange Fanta which included 100 grams of "sugar" in one serving. I added the numbers up and that's like drinking 60 oz of Dr. Pepper in less than 5 minutes...SIXTY ounces!

Mine also involved the following:
  • Urine sample prior to drinking the beverage (to check for gluocse in the urine) - mine was negative
  • Blood draw prior to drinking the beverage
  • Hourly blood draws x 3 hours - taken 1 hour, 2 hours, and 3 hours after drinking the beverage (that's a total of four blood draws)

My husband agreed to accompany me to the test and I'm so glad he did. I read up on this test before taking it and I found a mixed variety of comments out there - some women had no problems with the test at all while others experienced a wide range of side effects. I warned the phlebotomist before I began drinking the beverage that the 1 hour test (50 grams of "sugar") gave me a pretty bad headache. She told me they had a room for me to rest in if I needed it because if I threw up, the test was over and I would have to start from scratch. Umm...no thank you.

Within literally five minutes, this stuff hit me...and by hit me I mean I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I felt dizzy and nauseated and knew I needed to lie down immediately. The ladies at the lab were so kind to me - they brought ice packs to me and checked on me many times.


It took two and a half hours before I felt back to my somewhat normal self. I basically laid in this chair and flipped from side to side until it was time for my next blood draw. Thankfully, everything stayed down and I never threw up. Jason kept trying to bring up lunch ideas and I did NOT want to talk about it - just the thought of food or even orange Fanta made me want to hurl. I even got off of facebook and instagram at one point because all of the pictures of food (that I usually really enjoy looking at) made my nausea worse!

At the end of the three hours, the phlebotomist drew my blood again and checked it on a glucometer. My blood sugar read 86 which I was thankful for. I know that's not an "official" result, but it definitely eased my mind a bit! Now the waiting game begins for my "official" results!


After the test, we drove to a local joint that serves the best po-boy's I've ever eaten (even better than Mother's in New Orleans). I don't eat there often, but I decided I'd been tortured enough and I wanted some GOOD food! It definitely satisfied me! :)

The remainder of our Saturday included a little time with friends (and yummy gumbo for dinner).

The Louisiana Marathon and Half was held on Sunday and I enjoyed following all of the updates before heading off to church. It's amazing how much of a difference a year makes! Last year, I ran my half marathon PR at 1:58 (also my first sub 2 hour half) and this year, I'm on restriction from even walking down the road! (Again, I don't mind as this is just a phase of life that will pass soon...I just found the irony kinda funny!)


In the middle of it all, I also spent some time cuddling with my two sweet girls! This little turkey has been super clingy lately!!

Last but not least, I'm helping host a baby shower for a best friend of mine this weekend. The remainder of my Sunday was spent creating and planning for her shower! I can't wait!!

How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen or take place? Did you run any races? 

Congrats to everyone who took part in the Louisiana Half/Full Marathons, the Houston Half/Full Marathons, the Star Wars races at Disneyland, and any other races I missed!! :) You guys rock!

18 comments:

  1. So glad your test results looked good. I can't even imagine drinking all that sugary stuff at once. I know the baby shower will be lovely with you doing the planning. How ironic that last year you had your half PR and this year you have a baby on the way.

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  2. Hey, I guess the good side of not feeling well after drinking the drink was you weren't hungry? For my 3 hour test I was SO CRANKY b/c I was so hungry and that made me lighheaded and woozy (but not nauseated). Fingers crossed you passed! I eat a lot of sugar (sad face) so I guess thats why drinking the drink didn't bother me?

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    1. That's a very good point!! I do eat too much sugar too so I was a tad bit worried... Lol

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  3. Good to hear your results look good (sorry you had to take the test again). I never realized how much sugar you have to drink! :O Nice choice on your victory lunch- sounds delicious!

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    1. Isn't that crazy?! The amount of sugar in those drinks just blows my mind....of course your blood sugar will rise after drinking something like that! LOL

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  4. Oh girl! I remember that orange drink so well! It was so disgusting!!!! So glad your results look good! And how fun planning a baby shower! I'm sure it's even more fun now that you're expecting your own!

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    1. It is...and the shower is for one of my best friends so that makes it even better! :)

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  5. Ugh, that doesn't sound fun! Hope your final results are an A+!! :) -C

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    1. Thanks, Christine!! :) I passed! Yay!

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  6. I hope your test comes back good. I can't imagine having to drink all that either. I don't do well with blood draws. I always had great veins & then after the infertility treatments nobody can find a vein!

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    1. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that!! :(

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  7. I can totally understand not even wanting to talk about or look at food while you were feeling like that. Hopefully Jason learns that in the future...lol. Hope everything turns out okay!

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    1. Hahah he stopped as soon as I said no! :) Ugh nausea is one of the worst feelings in the world!

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  8. I hope your results come back with good news for you. You earned a good lunch, that is a miserable experience to feel like that.
    I got sick doing a gastric test and had to start over, must be the same kind of yuck flavor...I remember the room started spinning and that was it lol
    Have fun at the shower :) Seeing all the cute baby stuff is always fun!

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    1. Oh no!! That doesn't sound fun either! Thanks, I'm really excited for the shower this weekend!

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  9. That doesn't sound fun. Hope you pass with flying colors and everything is great!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It definitely was not a pleasant experience!

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