(Closed) Freaking out about Glucose Test

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

The best way to not have blood sugar problems/diabetes is to eat like you have diabetes. Read the book wheat belly, if you’re interested, and you will see that you can eat in a way to prevent any blood sugar problems! Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@PandasWifey:  Re: the meds, sure, everyone has different needs. Studies typically show that meds+therapy work better than a dr just tossing you pills though. We are psychologists, not psychiatrists, so we aren’t able to prescribe meds (whereas psychiatrists are more likely to) – just sayin that there are behavioral interventions out there, if you so choose to use them outside of or in conjunction with meds from another source. Phobias are an excellent example of something that has evidence-based interventions.

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@PandasWifey:  I think I can say safely that I have a significant understanding of phobias. I never said that they aren’t real or that you can just snap out of them for the sake of the child. You are putting words in my mouth.

What I did say was that if a phobia is interfering with your life to the point of hysteria, it would be a good idea to do something about it.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@PandasWifey:  Lol we’ve had people come in with only a few weeks to go just to take the edge off an anxious event, but you’re correct, it wouldn’t be totally exterminated by the time of the test. Hope you figure out some way to make it work for you!

Post # 23
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The question you asked ” If you were me, what would you do?”

The answer- see above.

 

Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@PandasWifey:  You are being unfair and inaccurate. You cannot put quotation marks around something, I didn’t say. Anyone who can read your comment above can also read my original comment and see that you are not being accurate.

Good luck to you with your blood test and childbirth.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

I’ve been following along with the responses above and have bitten my tongue until now.  People here are trying to be realistc.  You are carrying a child and you need to find a way to deal with everything that comes along with it – including the tests.  Medical professionals don’t just put these tests in place for no reason.  They are routine to protect the health of the mother and the child.  Personally, I am shocked that you would just “opt out” of something that is supposed to protect/help you and your baby.  And, if you think migranes are painful, wait until you get around to pushing a baby out of your hoohaw.  I’m sorry you’re in the situation you’re in, but if you try not to be so definsive, maybe more bees will be willing to chime in.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

I don’t want to sound insensitive….BUT at the risk of doing so you really need to go through with the test and realize it’s not that invasive. I used to have a huge needle phobia (for real) and faint with all blood work….but then I got seriously ill and I get multiple iv’s per week now. You honestly just have to learn to deal. Easier said than done, sure, but people do it everyday. And it’s just one test…so if you get a migraine, it will go away and life will go on.

We don’t always like the advice we get, but you asked. Best of luck!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You ask what I would do? I would do the test, for the sake of my health and the health of my baby. 

 

You do not have to fast for this test, just make the appt for first thing in the morning and ten you can eat breakfast do the test and eat afterwards. If for some reason you do need to fast, make the appt for first thing in the morning and eat afterwards- its only 1 hour. In regards to he needles, they would have dealt with thousands of pregnant woman with needle phobias. They will do the best they can to make you comfortable. 

I understand you are afraid, but it’s worth it for the sake of your baby. What of you missed something and the worst happened the the baby? Would it have been worth not doing the test?

Post # 29
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Busy bee

@Panda:  I don’t have a fear of needles and was more worried about drinking the gross sugary stuff than anything else when I had my test.  I can imagine how it would be very stressful for you considering your needle phobia and migraine problems.  I think you should definitely follow all of DaneLady’s advice to help the test go smoothly and encourage a negative result.  Also talk to your doctor to see how the test needs to be administered for you.  Several PP have said they could eat before.  I couldn’t.  I was supposed to come in on an empty stomach (which I wouldn’t consider fasting either) I just went early and ate breakfast about 1 hr later than usual.  But I can understand that this could be an issue with the medication you are on.  Your doctor will have a more relevant opinion on that than me ๐Ÿ™‚  In any case, you’re strong and I know that phobia and all, you will get through this test.  If it’s any motivation, just think that with negative test results, you only have to do it once and it is just two blood draws.  With a positive result, you may have to take the 3hr test and you might end up having to take daily insulin which means more shots…That should help psych you up hydrate like crazy the day before and get this darn test over with!

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@PandasWifey:  Honestly, I would talk to your doctor about your options. Do you have ANY of the risk factors for gestational diabetes?

I don’t want to scare you, but my test made me extremely sick and I was out of commission for almost two days. It made my head hurt, and I am not even migraine prone. Talk to your doctor about your concerns! Maybe there is some other option for you.

I would not recommend opting out entirely, because some women show no signs of GD and the test is the only way to detect it. If it goes undetected, it can be very harmful to your babe.

 By the way, I did the two-hour test. I was never given an option of a one-hour test. My blood was drawn three times, 7 viles.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Please don’t just opt-out of an extremely important test.  They don’t order these tests for nothing.  If you turn out to have gestational diabetes but don’t know it and leave it untreated, you can cause organ damage, brain cell death, seizures, and a myriad of other problems up to and including death for you and the baby.  Your baby is at the mercy of your decisions.  

And if you’re scared of needles now, imagine if you are having a seizure or some other severe complication.  You’re going to end up with medical interventions galore, including an emergeny c-section with no anesthesia and a baby in the NICU.  Ignoring a medical problem does not make it go away.  

I wish you luck in your tests, and hope that if you end up needing to administer insulin to yourself during the pregnancy, that you find a way to be able to do so for the sake of the baby.

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