Monday, June 15, 2009

Glucose Laments

I forgot to mention in my last post on here that I had my glucose test on Friday--the one where you drink the Crazy Juice and then get your blood drawn an hour later to make sure your body is able to adequately deal with the vast amounts of corn sugar you just pumped into your bloodstream. Fun times. Thing is: I have become more and more sensitive to sugar with each pregnancy and my test this round made me want to promptly fall into a coma until it was all over. Which of course I mentioned to the midwife--and to which of course she responded that there was a chance my results would show levels of intolerance--and that perhaps this intolerance was affecting the baby's growth rate and contributing to my Giant Belly Syndrome.

I got my test results today and they came back one point above the level that is considered normal. Or safe. Or whatever. So...it's probably not much to worry about, but all things considered, it's best that we go through the next level of testing. I'll go into the lab and complete those tests on Friday. It requires an 8 hour (overnight) fast, an early morning blood draw, a new bottle of Super Charged Crazy Juice, and three subsequent blood draws at one hour intervals throughout the morning. (Sidenote: I have to take the Volvo to the shop that morning, and Justin and I giggled at the thought of me trying to run errands in between blood draws all hyped up and turned loose on the town in the loaner car...) I'm planning on bringing my Book Club book and getting some good reading done while hanging out at the lab for HALF THE DAY. Or, alternately, going into Said Coma on the floor there and drooling. We'll see how it all turns out.

9 comments:

karissa said...

Laughing hysterically my friend. Sorry. Lame. But so funny. You-not the idea of a sugar coma.

Silly big baby in there, gotta cause a ruckus somehow right, being the 5th child?

m i n a said...

my sister-n-law just went through this last week. same deal and the hardest part she said was the fasting, that made her more crazy than anything else, she was so hungry and delirious by the end of it. :( Good news though, she past the test. That said, praying that the day somehow goes quickly and you get to eat a BIG, FAT JUICY BURGER at the end. :)

Vicky said...

Oh my dear Kim! I will be praying for you...! I had to take the same test when I was pregnant with Cameron. I so enjoy reading your blog----I laugh, I cry and I am thankful for your transparency. Thank you for sharing... It makes me feel a little bit more connected to your family. Love, Aunt Vicky

Anonymous said...

LOL I drove my doctor crazy and told him that I wouldn't take the tests. I have big kids and tend to go nearly two weeks overdue. It's NORMAL for me. Big deal. Keep your crazy sugar juice and I'll keep my blood. :)
kristin

Kim said...

Hey Kim,

After having 2 babies with aforementioned "intolerance"...I will say read up. It is definitely serious, but there are also a lot is "myths" and the serious cases are usually people who have NO idea or don't care that they have it and let it get way out of control. I was highly monitored (more so with my 3rd) and yes I birth big babies (tho 3rd was smaller than 2nd) and they had NO problem coming out or having their own "intolerance". I would be happy to share more if you have any questions...you know how to get a hold of me!

brenda in seattle said...

I failed both my 1st tests and passed both the second ones. I'm glad you decided to bring a book. The super sugar drink made me feel really sick both times and I ate tons of sugar with Claire. You can't even drink water. It's not fun. Catch some winks and set an alarm on your phone or watch. That's what I did and it passed fairly quickly.

Lynne Paulus said...

Hope you don't end up in a pool of your own drool today! I'll be praying for you today that it would be a surprisingly nice break and not any type of ordeal.

Kristin said...

I agree with Karissa - you are hysterical! But I hope it turns out well for you. I hated drinking that stuff and functioning with no food while trying to be patient with my kids.

I hope you can somehow enjoy your kid-free book-reading time - why is it that your free time is best utilized this way?! :-)

Janine said...

I had to do that with all FOUR pregnancies of mine, Kim ~ I feel for ya! I did however run errands in between all the blood draws... Wal-mart, Sears and even COSTCO for the last hour... which I almost dropped dead in the parking lot all weak, shaky, and totally sweating... That sucked really bad!!! And I had all three girls with me on that day too which was crazy!

Good luck if you have to watch your sugar intake the rest of your pregnancy... I had to with all four and it wasn't really a problem.

Janine