Published on December 14, 2015

Gestational Diabetes

The 3-hour glucose results are in, and I…..FAILED! In fact, I failed a couple of the blood draws, miserably. Gestational Diabetes occurs in about 7 percent of all pregnancies. It not being uncommon helped me be okay with it. I told nurse Jody, “That’s okay, I’ll do whatever I need to do.” I still blamed it on testing Halloween morning, but the nurse vetoed my thought process and said that because more than one of the numbers were really high in comparison to where they should have been, the candy wasn’t a factor. I got my orders to attend Gestational Diabetes class at the Mary Greeley Medical Center Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center, and to pick up a couple prescriptions at my pharmacy.

When I arrived at the pharmacy, I was overwhelmed by the fact that they had to put everything into a plastic sack for me to carry out. Oh, and the cost after insurance. Who knew little tiny blood testing strips were that expensive? The Pharmacist was very nice and asked if this was new to me, or if I had previously had Gestational Diabetes. I explained it was new and she said, “Oh it’s so easy to use all of this! Just read the directions and you’ll be fine. If you have questions, just stop back in.” This should always be code for, “Let’s just go over it now.”

It was a Friday night, and I didn’t have my class until the next Wednesday. I didn’t know if I was expected to get everything up and running. I didn’t want to assume to wait, and then get to class and be behind. I opened the instructions to the blood sugar monitor, strips, and lancets. It was like opening one very large, small print, no pictures, map.

Glucose Testing

Again overwhelmed, I started with one thing at a time. My monitor was very easy to use. I had everything in place and it was time to poke my finger for the first time. It was like being a kid standing on the edge of the high board at the swimming pool. You were there, it was time to jump, but nerves made it scary and you just couldn’t do it yet. But I took the plunge and poked my finger. The lancing device has a 1-7 scale. 1 being the lightest poke, 7 the deepest. I started with a 1. Nothing happened. What a teaser. I went to a level 2. Still nothing. I moved to a 3, and when I still barely drew blood, I had had enough and skipped straight to a 7. That did the trick, and I tested by blood. It was a 107. I realized that meant absolutely nothing since I didn’t know where I needed my numbers to be, yet. But I tracked them anyways, and avoided carbs. That was what diabetics do, right? Having diabetics in my family, I could have asked, but I didn’t want to talk about it with anyone. I decided to wait until class.

I also had to check my ketone levels, which is done by a urine sample every morning. This was even newer to me, but luckily everything came back either negative or a trace.

I understood why diabetics are required to go to class. I was going through the motions and nothing was making sense. I was nervous about the whole ordeal. Wednesday’s class couldn’t get here quick enough.

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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