It’s not any secret that I am a large lady and due to my BMI I have had to be monitored for diabetes and the glucose tolerance test is the one test I have dreaded from the beginning of the pregnancy, not because I dreaded being diagnosed with diabetes (although I certainly would rather that not be the case) however its more due to the fact I have not only an intense dislike to Lucozade the stuff actually makes me heave and gag.
Normally I am not a breakfast person, however waking up yesterday morning I could have eaten half my body weight in bacon but with strict fasting the order of the day I headed off to the Hospital for my antenatal appointment and my date with the dreaded orange fizz.
First one of the list is always a bonus with a growling tummy, an unborn baby squeezing out energy from every available cell in my already tired body, it would be fair to say I was not feeling super chirpy. Add in the fact I am notoriously difficult to get blood from and I am going to be honest and say I was no pleasure to be around yesterday morning … Perhaps it’s a good job I went to the appointment on my own!
Last time I had this test done 4 nearly 5 years ago it was a case of a finger prick test … drink orange crap, wait 2 hours and repeat the finger prick test. This time however it was about having a full on tube of blood drawn from my arm … down orange crap, wait 2 hours and then another blood test from my arm … then the waiting game … If I hear back today via a phone call it means I have type diabetes … if not I will get a letter through the post early next week to confirm I haven’t.
Being tight on giving blood and having very very deep veins the second blood test was more than painful and I can now confirm that I have 2 arms like colanders and some beautiful purple bruises that are super sore!
Fingers crossed that it’s a negative result as I am not sure I want to go through that again and that’s just the testing procedure … I have a super low pain threshold so dealing with diabetes everyday I am not sure I could cope … I know many others cope with far worse but I am still hoping it’s a negative result!