I posted this on the October board too, I hope it's okay to post it here too. I am due Oct 2nd, but baby may come earlier due to my history. Anyway, I have anxiety with getting my blood drawn, and usually faint or almost faint. It is awful to go through. I was mortified to find out I failed (only by a couple points) the 1 hour glucose test. The 3 hour consists of fasting and 4 blood draws. I do not see how I will be physically possible to do this. I don't want to do it. I only failed by a couple points, and I did eat before (they told me to) and I think I would pass the 3 hour anyway. I passed the 1 hour with ds. The test sounds awful. Can I refuse this test? Will I be given a hard time if I tell them I won't do it? Please let me know any thoughts about this. Thanks so much.
You may have to do it four times a day for several days, but it's only a drop of blood. I had GD last time, and this is the route I'll go right away this time, I really wish I had realized I could. I tested once when I woke up and then 3x a day, 2 hours after major meals and kept a food and blood sugars log. I legitimately had GD, so there was no question that my numbers were high.
Dont let your doctor bully you into taking the test! Just simply say "I'll decline the test" and offer the above alternative or ask if they have anything better. You NEVER have to do anything unless you are court ordered to!!!!!
I am starting to feel as though Chloe's medical problems may have been caused (at least partially) by me not keeping my GD under control, so I wouldn't fight it totally, because it may be something important later on down the road. Just my two cents...
I also failed my 1 hour, although not by just a couple of points, but I'd been cocky and eaten sugar all day long so I knew it was a fluke ... I ended up taking the 3-hour (which takes 4 hours and they do draw your blood 4 times) and passing no problemo. I could have refused and just taken the 1-hour over again, right?
Good for you for even thinking of refusing - most of us just take the Dr.'s orders and do what we're told ...
Anyway, my 2 cents is to skip the 3 hour and manage your diet with no refined sugars, very low carbs, and lots of protein and veggies! (Also, a little trick I learned last time was to eat nuts before bed and your sugar will be fine in the morning!)
Marcy, mama to Asher (8 yrs) and Kaia (6 yrs)
I failed the 1 hour, failed the 3 hour (where they did draw blood 4 times and had trouble doing it with my small veins). I'm now monitoring my blood sugar levels and they are fine with only slight adjustments to my regular diet (I added a bit more protein and cut the refined sugar). Not only are the numbers fine, they are significantly lower than the cut-offs.
I should add that I've just started doing the home monitoring, so I'm not an expert. If we decide to have more children, I will decline both the one and 3 hour tests and go right to home monitoring if they insist.
North Idaho rural living mama to: 23 yo DD, 17 yo DS, 9 yo DS, 7 yo DS, 5 yr old DS, 3 yo DD, 2 yo DS, and our newest family member, a boy born December 2014!
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I'm seriously thinking about declining it.
Working Student Mama to a 4 y/o.
My issue is that the labs in my area are ONLY open when I'm at work and I can't take off a half-day to go for the test......
I'm seriously thinking about declining it.
If your doc gives you guff, say this "I'm not declining having my sugars tested, just declining that method. Can you RX me a Freestyle Flash please?" :
So, refuse it, but see a nutritionist and take it seriously. My mother gave birth to a 12lb baby by not keeping her blood sugar in check!
Lisa (mom to 3 wonderful children)
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I FEEL THE SAME WAY!!~ I'm due Oct 1st...i took the one hour test on wed..I'm terrified of blood and needles! .my paper from the doctor said "i did not have to fast" so i ate a sausage biscuit and a few drinks of orange juice when i woke up about 30 Min's before i drank the sugar drink... this was only the second time Ive had my blood drawn..first time was at first obgyn appointment..i was so nervous! i choked down the sugar drink "in 5 Min's" which was hard to chug down 10 oz in 5 Min's anyways!~ crying and nervous about the blood and needle for a hour waiting! she called me back 10 Min's before my 1 hour~ to draw the blood laughing at me because i was nervous~i had my head turned not wanting to see needle or my blood...when she was finished she purposely put the tubes of blood in my turned away face saying "see its not that much blood" THANKS LADY!! so a few hours later my obgyn calls and says "my level was exactly 135 and it needs to be below 135" :( so if i would have fasted or the nurse would have not rushed me 10 Min's early before it was 1 hour~it would have been 134 and i would be fine???? so i spent the rest of the day and night crying stressing and praying about now having to go threw the stress of 3 hours 4 blood draws..... I'm going to talk with my doctor at me next appointment on wed and see if it is necessary to do the 3 hr test YOUR POST GAVE ME A LITTLE PEACE OF MIND!!~ THANK YOU !~AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU ~ KEEP ME POSTED ON WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO !!!