Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I Failed

Today I had to go to the doctor to do my glucose screening test, which screens for gestational diabetes. It's a simple procedure where you have to fast the night before (I couldn't eat or drink anything after 11pm). You then have to get your blood drawn so they can check your glucose levels. Well mine weren't like sky high but I failed by just a few points. They want it to be below 100, mines was 103, so not too far off. So now I have to go in tomorrow morning (another 8 am appointment-ugh) and do a 3 hour tolerance test. For this test I have to drink that lovely orange concoction and have blood drawn every hour for 3 hours. Sounds like a lot of fun.

The results today just kinda threw me off track. I was a bit worried at first. The nurse said there isn't anything to worry about. Just because I failed the test today doesn't mean I have gestational diabetes. I really hope not. It's strange because Ive maintained a pretty healthy diet even before I was pregnant. I wasn't too crazy on the junk food or candy, only once in a while. I read that only 4 to 7 percent of pregnant women do develop gestational diabetes and those more at risk are older women, obese women, those who have a family history of diabetes, and Native Americans, Latin Americans, and African Americans. I don't fit into the obese or older woman part, but my family does have a history diabetes (my father, grandfather, and grandmother had it) and Im part African American and Native American.

I guess I shouldn't freak myself out right now. Alhamdulillah, atleast everything else is completely normal. Insha'Allah all will be well and I'll let you know what happens tomorrow. Just keep me in your duas.


M.J. said...

InshAllah everything will be fine, sis. I know a few women who have failed this test only to pass the next one, so I wouldn't worry too much :) It would be odd for you to have it considering you said you eat healthily and all that. Even if you do have it, alhamdulilah you have a doc. that caught it and are in a place where it can be monitored and treated. Let us know how the test goes and I will keep you in my duas tonight!

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

If you do end up having GD, you should look into Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book. By limiting carbs you should be able to avoid taking insulin at least.
Khayr inshaAllah.