Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Ozark Mountains, Missouri
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i don't know if it's because he's old or what, but my ob is completely clueless--he lacks common sense AND tact.
He still thinks i have gestational diabetes, and i'm still not convinced. He asked again if i had taken the 3-hour GTT (we went over this a month ago) and i said NO! He then said, "we'll schedule you for (insert name of another test, which i didn't know i had the option of) and if it's over 110, we'll put you on insulin" Then he went on to breifly describe the horrors i could encounter if i didn't, blah blah blah. Oh hell no, i don't care if my blood sugar is through the roof, unfortunately i'm one of those people who does a little research on things like this, and, for me, i believe the benefits wouldn't come close to the risks caused by exposing my baby to that. My husband said "i understand that's a possibility, but isn't it better controlled through diet?" Doc looked as though he'd been struck with an epiphany, and said that yes, that is the best way to do it, and there are some great drugs out there now that are helpful as well (he was obviously missing the point). Anyway, my husband spoke up and said i'd be totally willing to test my own blood at home (duh, that gives a much more accurate view of the situation than a one-time test that could be effected by any number of factors), and the doc seemed shocked and amazed that we'd not only be willing to do this, but that we suggested it (like he's never had a patient do that in the 500 years he's been practicing).
So, i got a prescription for a monitor and 200 test strips, but only 12 lancets. Any idea why they'd do that? i'm supposed to test twice a day (in the morning, and after dinner) so that means i should do it for 6 days, i suppose, but my next appointment is in two weeks. I don't know if i'm supposed to pick 6 random days, do six days in a row, or do it now or just before the next appointment. You;d think that would have been part of my instructions, lol, but it seemed so obvious i didn't ask (i had no idea the lancets wouldn't come with the test strips--or at least, one would think, there'd be a prescription for that too.)
I also got another appointment with a dietician (i cancelled the first one, because they told me my insurance probably wouldn't cover it, and my husband was jobless, so i decided to educate myself!). I'm not sure what s/he could tell me that i don't already know, or don't already do, but if it makes the doc ask just a few less questions, it's totally worth it, lol.
Oh yeah, and i AGAIN had to remind him that yes, i know i had big babies in the past, but i was also tested for diabetes then, and i didn't have it! He seems to think that babies can't be big genetically (after a quick glace at his bulletin board of satisfied customers, my husband noticed that there was not a single baby on there over 8 lbs. VERY interesting), and the fact that i don't fear having another one is nonsense.