Sugar Drinks and Glucose Tests

1 Jul

One word: yuck.

I should preface by saying that I am really thankful for doctors and medicine and technology and testing and all the things they can tell by looking at a little bit of your blood these days.  I think it’s amazing, and I would do any test they asked me to do to make sure that my baby is healthy.  But, I did promise you, dear readers, back at the very beginning of this blog, that I would be real with you.  So this is reality.  The good, the bad, the ugly, and the completely ridiculous.

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of heading back to the doctor’s office for the notorious glucose tolerance test.  I had heard horror stories about the nasty stuff they make you drink, people not passing and having to go back for the 3 hour test, etc.  Honestly, I thought, really, the stuff can’t be that bad.  It’s probably just like drinking regular soda after you’ve gotten used to drinking the diet stuff.

Umm, I. Was. Wrong.

I have now joined the ranks of all women who have ever been pregnant and had to take this test.  These women know exactly how bad this sugar drink is.  If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about.  The one they gave me was a 10.8 ounce, Fruit Punch flavored, thick, sugary bottle of nastiness.  And you have to drink it all within 5 minutes, but they prefer you to chug it.  Something about it metabolizes differently if you take your time versus chugging it down.  It’s kind of like drinking the syrup that goes into soda all by itself.  Thick. Sugary. Ick.

As I was sitting there in the lab’s little waiting area, trying to choke down this drink, one of the office workers walked by, and I guess the look on my face must have been terrible, because she knew immediately what I was having to do and said in true southern fashion, “Oh, I am so sorry, honey.”

I did manage to get it all down, and within the alotted amount of time.  And then the waiting began.  I was supposed to return to the lab at exactly 9:08 for them to check my blood for the test.  In the meantime I was to have an appointment with one of the doctors, so off I went for that part of my morning.  Talked to the doctor, but by the time she came in, my raging hormones in combination with coming down off the highest sugar high of my life had me feeling downright awful.  It was one of the quick visits, just a belly measurement, a quick listen to the baby’s heartbeat, and a couple of questions, and I was back out the door and walking down the hall to the lab.

Blood drawn, and a promise of a phone call the next day to tell me the results.  Well, today is the next day.  Just got my phone call, and I am SOOOO happy to report that all is well.  Glucose metabolism is normal, and I don’t have to go back for the longer, more torturous test.

My poor husband had to deal with the consequences of those hormones and sugar crash though… he came downstairs shortly after I returned home to find me crying my eyes out on the couch for no good reason.  I just felt terrible, and having not slept well the night before (I’ve been having a hard time with back and hip pain while I sleep) were a bad combination.  There wasn’t anything traumatic that happened or anything, and I knew it.  It leaves me feeling completely ridiculous.  But I guess those random crying spells are part of being pregnant.  Joy.  Lucky for me, Joel is really good at dealing with me, even when he can’t figure out a reason that I’m acting the way I am.

By the way, if you happen to experience the same kind of sleeping difficulties I have been having, I’ve found a couple things that help.  It’s not perfect, by any means, but at least I can get a few hours of good sleep now.  My doctor recommended getting a memory foam mattress topper, which I was skeptical about, since we have a Sleep Number bed, and that should pretty much adjust to anything I need.  But I went and got one anyway, and it really did make a big difference.  I just got one big enough for my side of the bed.  Also, a big, puffy pillow to put between your knees.  No secret, right?  Lots of people sleep with a pillow like that.  But make sure it’s big enough that it can also keep your ankles apart.  That helped significantly.  And when the bed finally became uncomfortable again in the wee hours of this morning, I moved to our recliner, which provided some relief and allowed for a couple more hours of sleep.  Yay!  And taking tylenol before I went to bed didn’t hurt either, I’m sure…

2 Responses to “Sugar Drinks and Glucose Tests”

  1. Anna July 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Girl- I am SO glad you passed. I was totally with you about “it can’t be that bad” … HA! That’ll show me!! To this day I won’t eat/drink ANYTHING orange flavored. (I had to do the 3 hour one this time around and the stuff is even more concentrated than the drink for the regular test!!)

    Hope the sleeping issues improve. I so enjoy keeping up with you through your blog.
    Hope to talk to you soon.

  2. Judy@Just Enough Light July 7, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    I use a king size pillow between my legs – — works all the way down to the feet!

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