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Achievement Unlocked: Glucose Tolerance Test…

So, I did it and it’s done, and it was fine. Nothing to worry about at all.

The 12-hour fast was very difficult as I kept wanting things (like tea and bananas) and I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn’t have them…I also started doubting myself and wondering if I’d accidentally had a glass of milk or a biscuit. Madness.

I made sure I drank plenty of water to a) distract myself from feeling hungry, and b) make sure my veins were pumped up for the blood tests. It was really hard to leave the house without having a cup of tea, which I’m sure was more down to habit than anything else, but I managed it and didn’t die from a lack of caffeine (we can survive without it apparently!…I did not know that).

I usually get Luke to come with me for appointments as he’s incredibly good at distracting me and making me feel better, but I couldn’t ask him to sit (bored) in a waiting room with me for two hours. Consequently I was a bit nervous to go into the the first blood test alone (I’m only a 33 year old married woman afterall), but it was fine….and then it was time for the glucose drink. I’d done a bit of reading online and seen some women complaining that the drink tasted horrible and made them feel sick, so I was a little apprehensive about it.

I didn’t need to be…

It tasted like over-squashed tropical flavour squash – sweet and fruity – and was bliss after my 12 hour water diet. I really enjoyed it!…and then I went off to sit in the waiting room for two hours *yawn*

I filled the time by chatting with another pregnant lady who was having the same test, sending texts (when I had signal) and reading Effective Birth Preparation (Maggie Howell) on my phone’s Kindle App….

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…I managed to get through a quarter of it while I waited…I’ll review it once I’m done reading it.

My little one was pretty active during my time in the waiting room too. I think he was wondering where his breakfast was and kicking the bejesus out of me in order to get it…

After about 90 minutes I was thoroughly fed up and had begun to feel a little bit sick through hunger, but I didn’t have long to wait until it was all over. It was just a shame that the end of the two hours was marked with another needle…

The second blood test (in the same arm…in the same vein actually) was definitely more painful than the first, but I laughed with the nurse and said that it probably didn’t sting as much as the baby crowning would. Once we were all done she said I was free to go home and that I’d find out the test results at my next midwife appointment (which is in a fortnight).

It was only after the second blood test that I began to feel decidedly awful, so I took myself off to the Friends Cafe in the hospital and treated myself to this before my drive home…

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…a maple and pecan plait (my absolute favourite at the moment) and a pot of tea. Lots of people recommend avoiding carbs and sugars, and having protein to counteract the glucose but my reckoning was that by this point I shouldn’t still be “all sugared up” (not if I’m not suffering from gestational diabetes anyway) so I went for something carby and delicious.

It worked. I felt great.

And then I came home to this…

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…coffee (in my fangirl mug) and a sausage sandwich, courtesy of the BEST husband that ever there was.

Now all that’s left to do is wait for the results…and maybe have a little nap…

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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Tea and Cake Date…

Today I had my 28 week whooping cough vaccine. The needle was quite sharp and the injection itself was quite achey. The nurse (who was lovely) told me that it’d probably ache for a few days but I spent the rest of the day blissfully painfree…until I rubbed my arm after having a bath this evening…

Ouch.

Now it’s aching a LOT.

Tomorrow, I not only have to go back to the hospital in the morning for my glucose tolerance test after my epic fail on Tuesday (which involves two blood tests…hoo-bloody-ray), but I also have to go to an afternoon appointment for an anti-d injection to stop my rhesus negative blood from creating antibodies against my baby.

Four needles in two days?…I’m feeling a bit like the NHS’s pincushion. All of these things are necessary, so I’m not bewailing them TOO much, but I did feel like I was deserving of a mid-stabbing pick me up….so Luke took me to The Constance Wallace Tea Shop to feed me tea and cake, and to cheer me up.

I’ve blogged about The Tea Shop before, but we had such a lovely time today that I thought it couldn’t hurt to sing their praises another time.

I had their afternoon tea (again) and it didn’t disappoint (again)…although my eyes were FAR too big for my belly this time round,

At the start of my pregnancy I could eat til I was stuffed and then eat some more…and once I was done, I could probably handle a dessert or two. Now I’m in my third trimester I can’t manage a lot of food in one sitting, no matter how hungry I feel when I start eating. I have to eat slowly too, otherwise I overeat before I realise that I’m full and then I’m in for PAIN (and then all I want to do is lie down and feel sorry for myself)…

Despite knowing this I still wanted to eat all of this

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…needless to say, I didn’t manage it all and had to take the little cakes home with me. It was all delicious…so delicious that I ate it all far too quickly and managed to eat more of it than I should have. Luke doesn’t love cake as much as I do, so he turned down my offer of sharing and almost had to roll me back to the car…

Last time I went, the others all had toasted sandwiches (which looked very good indeed) and Luke almost went for one of those today, but decided to have a salmon quiche at the last minute…

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It came with salad, crisps and coleslaw and was also delicious. I know this because I did NOT turn down his offer of sharing!

Just like last time, the service was as good as the food, and we both had a fantastic time. It was very nice to have a relaxing (and decadent) hour together amidst all these hospital appointments, and our little boy joined in too, with plenty of kicks and wriggles…I think he loves cake as much as me.

I’m on my 12-hour fast now, so I’ve not been able to have anything except for tap water since 9pm. I saved my cakes right until the last moment and had them with a massive mug of tea at about quarter to nine…I keep wanting to go and get a glass of milk (one of my current cravings) but I’m being a good girl and sipping on water…*sigh*

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Food, Life, Pregnancy, Reviews

 

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GTT – The AM Reprise…

Following on from yesterday’s post …I got to the hospital this morning, told them what I’d done (eggs…tea…forgetting) and got sent home.

*sigh*

The ladies in the blood clinic were very nice about it all. They reassured me that I’m not an idiot (except I am) and that I’m not the first (or last) person to have to rearrange an appointment.

They couldn’t rebook me in at the clinic so I had to call the antenatal team (who were also lovely) and now I have another appointment on Friday at 9.15am. I’ve set an alarm on my phone to tell me when I’ve got to stop eating on Thursday night…and one an hour before that so I don’t get to 9.15pm and realise that I haven’t eaten!

It’s not all bad though. Right now I should be sat in a waiting room with 45 minutes ahead of me before another blood test…but I am now lying on my bed with this in my belly…

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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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Glucose Tolerance Test…

In lieu of a “proper” post, I thought I’d blog about my epic fail this evening…

My dad has developed diabetes in the past few years, which is probably a lot to do with his age (ha ha, sorry da!) and his diet, but because of this I am classed as higher risk for gestational diabetes. This means that i have been referred for a glucose tolerance test (yay).

A stupid part of me thought that it’d be a simple pin prick test for blood sugar and nothing else. Not reading the letter from the hospital properly played a big part in this naive assumption…

So, today someone on a Facebook group happened to mention being referred for a GTT, and that got me thinking that I should probably take a look at my letter and make sure all was well.

On the BACK of my letter, I found this (kind of important) information…

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Basically, you fast for 12 hours, they test your blood sugars and then they give you an IMMENSELY sugary drink and leave you to sit still in the waiting room for two hours begore testing your blood again.

TWO HOURS.

In a waiting room.

Being still.

Great.

But that’s not the best part…My test is at 9am, and at 9.30pm this evening I was just washing down my 3 egg omelette (plus cheese) with a nice cup of tea.

Idiot.

So I’m guessing that the hospital will either make me wait til 9.30am for my test or make me reschedule it for another day. I’ll just have to see what they say when I confess to my idiocy…

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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