I went to the doctor last Friday for my 15 week check-up and he was slightly concerned about a couple symptoms I was exhibiting. So he told me he was planning on me doing the Glucose Test at 20 weeks but the symptoms made him want to push it up. I showed up to the lab at 7:30am Monday morning after 12 hours of fasting expecting to do the 1 hour test...well to my surprise I had been set up for the 3 hour test - oh joy. At least I brought a big book to read!
The first needle stick went well...then came the sugar drink which actually wasn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Sure, it's sweet but it wasn't horrible. The second needle stick was quick, hurt a little...then started to ache. It cause this lovely souvenir:
The next two rounds of blood drawing were not so nice. Four sticks for the third round and three needle sticks for the fourth. The poor phlebotomists...they could NOT find a good vein. They ended up having to take the fourth draw out of my hand. OUCH!
I finished my four hours of solitude and headed to the car where I scarfed down the snacks I'd brought. Apples and peanut butter had never tasted so good in my ENTIRE life. It had now been 16 hours since I had eaten...and even pre-pregnancy that would have been no bueno. Now that I have little Skeletor to answer to it wasn't pretty.
The following day my doctor called with the results - I had passed with flying colors!! Yay! I'll likely have to repeat the test at 28 weeks like a normal pregnancy...which I'm ok with...I just need to have a good talking-to with my veins.
That little souvenir above? It looks like this now: