I knew the glucose test was going to be especially fun when I woke up at 2 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep until 4 am. Because the only thing better than getting up at 6 to get blood drawn (repeatedly) is to do it on not enough sleep!
Anyway, I had forgotten how sweet the 3 hour stuff is. The 1 hour stuff tastes like flat soda to me, so I have no problem drinking it. The 3 hour stuff, on the other hand? Is like drinking sno-cone syrup. It was so sweet I felt like it should have been thicker. But I got it down and the blood draws commenced. I have about one good vein, so it’s bruised all to hell (even though the nurse who did the 3rd blood draw managed to get a different vein.)
If you don’t know how a 3 hour glucose test works, here are the basics. You go in fasting 10-12 hours (hence first thing in the AM.) They draw blood to check fasting sugar levels, then you drink the nasty sugar drink and then wait. They draw blood again after 1, 2, and 3, hours.
At the last blood draw the nurse asked me if I wanted to know the numbers and OF COURSE I did. Obviously she couldn’t give me the number for the blood she’d just taken, but I figured if the others were good I’d be fine. Here’s what I learned:
Acceptable Numbers My numbers
Fasting: less than 95 (mg/dL) 83 (mg/dL) perfectly fine
1 hour: less than 180 255 Not okay
2 hour: less than 155 217 Not even okay for the 1 hour reading- HA HA HA.
3 hour: less than 140 Well they didn’t have it yet, but considering the other ones I’m gonna guess IT DOESN’T MATTER.
So yes, it’s welcome to gestational diabetes for me. *sigh*