Thursday, November 15, 2007

This deserves an award

Yesterday I had my 2nd and final GTT (Glucose Torture Test) for this pregnancy. It's the one where they give you 100 grams of glucose diluted in warm water and sweetened with diet lemon drink syrup (no kidding). Well, actually, first you fast for at least 8 hours and then you have your blood taken and only then do you drink their weird concoction. I asked to have mine with as little water as possible. Sickly sweet, yes, but you've got to down the whole thing as fast as possible and having less of it makes it more likely for me to survive it without them having to mop the floor. I drank it very quickly. I may have even broken a world record, which would have been a very interesting claim to fame. It's a shame the Guiness guys weren't there to record the exciting event... Anyway, after that you get to have your blood taken every hour on the hour for the next 3 hours. All this to see whether sugar is harming you - it sounds kind of backwards to me...

Having had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy (discovered in week 39) I had at least a 60% chance of having it recur. I also have most of the risk factors (family history, age, pregnancy #, etc.) but, surprisingly, all 4 of my numbers came back mid-range - definitely no diabetes. Cool... Now all I have to do is finish the 4th Snickers bar so that Ohad won't know I ate any... (since I bought another 4).

So - why do I think this deserves a medal? I had to do the 100g GTT in 2004 and 2005, the 75g one in 2006 & the 100g one twice more in 2007. That's in addition to all the fasting blood sugar tests that I've done, which I consider a piece of cake - with icing.

5 comments:

Bea said...

Ugh. I've had one GTT before, and it was awful. You expect sweet things to taste so pleasant, too. Goes to show you can get too much of anything.

Bea

Sleeping Mommy said...

That stuff is just gross to drink. They were convinced I would be Diabetic each time because of my size. I proved em wrong too.

Andrea said...

Congrats on not having GD this time! The stuff they give you in Memphis is orange-flavored.

Heather said...

I remember during my 3-hour test that I had to eat two candy bars the day before the test, and then drink that syrupy stuff each hour. After the second one, I got that sweaty, sick feeling that I remember from college right before I would vomit. They said if I vomitted I would have to start all over! So I tried to sit as still as possible and it worked. My tests were positive (no kidding, after the candy and drinks) and my son came in at 9 pounds 4 ounces one week early.

JewishMama said...

Ugh, sounds nasty. Good news about the result though :)!