I'm supposed to take my test in two weeks. I refuse to take that nasty orange glucose drink...gawd...that could GIVE a person diabetes! It's soooo nasty. Won't! Won't! Won't! (tantrum...) I told my midwife that my other midwife had always had me do a 50 gram carb breakfast...very nice, but this midwife was all "Oh no...that's not clinically accurate" As if I can't properly assess the amount of carbs by LOOKING at the carb content of my food. She wanted me to eat 18 brachs jelly beans. I asked if I could eat 50 grams of carb in the form of jelly belly beans instead and she said "Oh no...they have to be Brachs."
WHY? WHY? WHY?
I'll tell you why. It's because she doesn't understand the SCIENCE behind the glucose test.
SO, I went to the store, and bought two mini ben and jerry's ice creams totally EXACTLY 50 grams of carbohydrates between the two. EXACTLY 50 grams. Not 51, not 53. FIFTY. American dream cone and Cherry Garcia mini containers. YUM!
On the day of my test, I will happily consume both mini ice cream containers and walk down to my appointment, which will take me about 20 minutes as I am now a slower walker due to my increasing girth, and we will do the hour blood test to satisfy her testing regime, and I will happily smile and tell her I ate the disgusting Brachs brand, (which I WON'T WON'T WON'T!) and will also give her a print out of several other items one could consume to satisfy a 50 gram carb requirement WITH the science backing me, and then, perhaps, other women will get to enjoy the treats THEY love instead of consuming things they hate just because she doesn't understand basic science.
I know I'm hard on her. It's just that I studied midwifery for 3 years, have a premedical background in Human biology and psychology, and I've been into alternative health for years. I have a lot of respect for medical life saving ability, but very little respect for the medical communities vast lack of basic nutritional knowledge.
It's not that the GD diet is really that hard. It's just that I hate having people assume the worst until the best is proven. I've never had GD, I don't have signs of GD, and I don't expect to have GD. I know it could happen, and I'm not afraid of having it, I just don't think I do.
Whatever...at least I feel confident enough to defy my caregiver when I think she's wrong.
But I'd rather have a savvy care giver than one who only believes what she learned in nursing school...hate to break it to ya Jeanne...but there are a lot of other considerations in life than what the AMA deems "acceptable".