Thursday, June 17, 2010

Glucose Test Completed

So now I am much more informed as to how a glucose test works.

The glucose test consists of drinking a bottle of very sweet orange juice and then sitting in a room for one hour. You must give a urine sample during this time and at the end of the hour you have the blood test. It is much less complicated than I thought. I thought they would check my blood many times during the hour, but it is only once. So it’s not too bad.

I didn’t even have to wait to speak with anyone. I guess it’s because you see a technician not a doctor so the technicians are not as busy.

I do not have my results, however. The nurse said my OB would call me in the next couple days if there is a problem, i.e. If I have gestational diabetes. If there is no problem then he will just talk to me at my next appointment. For me that is in 4 weeks time since I just had one yesterday. I am going to call him to ask, however, if I haven't heard from him by Tuesday next week. You never know, results can get lost.

I also had to have a vaccination (WinRho) because my blood type is A negative. My husband is A+ so I needed a vaccine now and another at the birth if my baby is RH positive. It is to prevent my body from developing antibodies that will attack my next baby when I'm pregnant.

The glucose test only took one hour but I had to wait around for them to confirm my blood group and then give me the medication. Then I had to bring it to another floor to the Day Clinic to have a nurse give me the vaccination. Then I had to wait 15 minutes to make sure I didn't have a reaction to the vaccine.

In total, I was there for THREE hours. It was a beautiful afternoon here too. Nothing like spending it waiting around in a stinky, germy hospital.

Oh well, at least it is done and now I just have to wait for the results...

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