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I decided to switch to an OB-GYN clinic for this pregnancy since I have had a gut feeling that this isn't going to be an easy pregnancy for me and that something was off about it. So, I found a clinic that I love. Last Tuesday I had my first appointment with them and it went great. We talked about weight concerns (I am 100 lbs overweight), heard baby's heartbeat (160), talked for an hour, did a physical, etc. Then, she told me to go to the lab sometime that week for my bloodwork and an early gestational diabetes test since I am higher risk (obese, family history of diabetes, 2 large babies, part native-american). On Friday, I took the 1 hr GTT and 9 viles of blood!!<br><br>
I got a call this morning about my results. I failed the 1 hr GTT and my number was 141. I have to go this week and do the 3 hr GTT. I am nervous because I am only 13 weeks! I am having to redo the testing at 28 weeks even if I pass it now. My biggest scare is that I have low platelets. She is referring me to a hematology/oncology specialist. The weird thing is that my blood platelets were checked on 3/31 by my HCP and they were fine. So, in 6 weeks they became too low. They are also rechecking my platelet count when I go for the 3 hr GTT but regardless I am meeting with the specialist to figure out what is causing it.<br><br>
Yikes...I am so nervous. Everything else is fine, but these two things have me really scared!<br><br>
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Update - I got my results back and I passed the 3 hr GTT! I did fail one of the blood draws but you need to fail 2 or more to be diagnosed. I will have to be tested again at 28 weeks. My platelet count jumped up again which is good. It is in the low range of normal. However, I still need to see the hematologist and be monitored by them. Also, I am having strange hair loss causing hair to come out in chunks and I am having these weird cysts that are the size of golf balls popping up on my side. They are deeply infected and the worst pain I have felt. I went to my dr on Friday and we decided to skip antibiotics and watch it. It got much worse over the weekend so I am going in today and seeing what we can do. I have never had such a bad infection. So, the good news is that I passed the GT test and my platelets seem to be rebounding. That is great news. The bad news is I have unexplained symptoms and very painful cysts.
 

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(((hugs)) mama -- hang in there. It sounds like you are doing everything right. I LOVE the way you trusted your intuition and went with the OB/Gyn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Keep us posted... lots of support around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks! I am not an OB-GYN type and I normally hate doctors. I have always gone to midwives and this time I planned a homebirth. However, I just got a deep aching feeling that I needed more care. Sure enough, it looks like I do. It may not be the ideal birth but what matters most to me is a healthy baby and that I stay healthy as well.
 

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I fyou normally don't ingest a lot of sugar and are concerned that the sudden ingestion of glucose is abnormally affecting your blood sugar, you are within your rights to ask for a "real food" test. I believe I first heard of this through Henci Goer, but not sure now. I actually refused the GTT with my first pregnancy because my IBS if badly affected by sudden ingestion of large amounts of sugars. I got away with no testing at all, but I am low-risk and never spilled sugar in my urine.<br><br>
I hope you figure out the platelet issue!
 

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I, too, admire the way you listened to your intuition. I hope the platelet and GTT issues turn out in your favour!
 

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Good for you for following your gut! I hope everything turns out ok. Sometimes there are false positives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">
 

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I'm glad that you listened to your gut and are getting good care. I don't know much about the tests or platelets, but I hope that you're able to get good results and help in whatever ways you need!
 

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isn't the cutoff for "high" blood sugar 140? so really, 141 is right on the line. i bet you will pass the 3-hour test easily. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
hoping for high platelets at your 3 hour test!!
 

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Hoping that it all works out smoothly for you! Having to wait is the hardest.
 

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Please don't do the 3 hour GTT. I have done it before and wish I never did. My poor little babe! She must've been worse off than I was, and I was a complete mess for days. It's SO BAD for your body. Just go on the no-sugar, lower-carb diet. My sis did that rather than submit to the test.
 

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I had a low platelet count early in my last pregnancy too. When I retested I was more than fine.<br><br>
It's apparently somewhat common to get bad results because they literally have a lab assistant looking at your blood on a slide and then counting what they see. Different swatches of blood can have differing numbers, the lab person could be really tired and having trouble counting, etc. SO, if you had good numbers a few weeks ago, I wouldn't panic just yet--have them give you another count and then see. And since the lab will know that this is a second test for you, I imagine they'll be more accurate.
 

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I hope everything turns out okay for you! This must be a little scary.
 

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Is there a way you can not take the test? Or does it have to do with insurance. Ask what would happen if you fialed the test and can they just treat you as if you did fail the test. Is it just a diet change or would you have to go on medication too? I mean if you would have to have medication then my guess is that you would have to take that test in order for your insurance to cover any medication. Ugh. It just sounds miserable.<br><br>
Glad you followed your feelings. Not everyone does.
 

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I am still stressed but I am calming down a bit. I really appreciate the support here.<br><br>
I am waiting for my referral to the hematologist to be accepted by my insurance (hopefully today) so I can schedule the consultation. I am getting worried because I am getting wierd bruises all over my body and I have a large bruise on the side of my belly (it doesn't hurt) and I have more petechia (small red dots caused by broken blood vessels) all over my body and new ones popping up daily. I know my platelet count is low (those are major signs of it falling lower according to Dr). I just want to get into the specialist's office so we can find the cause of it.<br><br>
As of the 3 hr GTT, I don't really want to do it but I really need too. I nearly failed it 9 years ago with my first, I refused it with my second. I suspected diabetes last summer and got the blood test done. My numbers were failing if I was fasting. I was fasting and I remembered for a fact that I didn't eat that morning. My HCP didn't believe me and said I must have ate (grrr). So, even though my number was 145 then, it was blown off and she said I would be tested in a year. I requested another test, but she said not to worry about it and just consider myself pre-diabetic. It is about the same number now, so I am concerned. My weight is a major factor being 100 lbs overweight (well, maybe 110 lbs overweight). I have worried about diabetes for a while since I have sores that won't heal for months, always sick, shaky, etc. The first meeting with the OB and she was very concerned that I was not retested. So, with all my risk factors and everything, I think finding out for sure is a good thing. I just want to know. If I pass (I hope I do!), I will have to retest at 28 weeks as well.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My platelets came back low too, so mw sent me for a retest. She did say that she has never had the 2nd test come back with a bad result because likely the platelets were low due to increased blood volume. If the 2nd test isn't good, she did say it is early enough in the pregnancy to work on the platelets. I am a little worried though because I also have a lot of unexplained bruising.<br><br>
Is the eggs and toast GD test available for you? It is so much easier on your system than the syrup one. I also think following the gd diet couldn't hurt and could prevent you from getting "labeled" during the pregnancy.<br><br>
Hope you get some good news soon!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My platelets came back low too, so mw sent me for a retest. She did say that she has never had the 2nd test come back with a bad result because likely the platelets were low due to increased blood volume. If the 2nd test isn't good, she did say it is early enough in the pregnancy to work on the platelets. I am a little worried though because I also have a lot of unexplained bruising.<br><br>
Is the eggs and toast GD test available for you? It is so much easier on your system than the syrup one. I also think following the gd diet couldn't hurt and could prevent you from getting "labeled" during the pregnancy.<br><br>
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I'm sorry your platelets came back low too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> I was told that about 10% of pregnant women will have low platelets due to increased blood volume. Her concern is when it is much lower and it is moderate to severe. Mine fell in the moderate category and close to severe. That is the only reason they are sending to a specialist instead of waiting. I hope your test comes back fine!!<br><br>
My OB's are very medically conservative (they told me right away) and only follow the ACOG guidelines for everything. So, they do not do alternative testing for diabetes. So, I am going to do the syrup. However, I will be honest and say I am a sugar addict and it doesn't shock my system like it does many. It is the fasting part that gets me really sick. I need to eat every 2-3 hrs or else I get super shaky and weak. I will have 4 blood draws during the test - before the drink, and every hour for 3 hours. I hate the blood draws too. My diet has been better since I got pregnant and I cut out my liter of soda a day (terrible, I know), most sugars, etc. However, I am still not perfect and I have some sugar still. I am going to try to do the GD diet regardless and try to eat healthier and exercise more.
 

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I just updated in my original post!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
Those cysts sound awful! I hope that you can get them resolved very quickly.
 

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Amber - re: the hairloss...my sil has alopecia, an autoimmune disease which causes her hair to fall out when she's stressed (she also has excema - don't know if it's related). Here's some info: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alopecia_areata" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alopecia_areata</a><br><br>
I hope you get some relief from the cyst pain soon!
 

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I'm glad that there's at least some good news, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that the cyst pain goes away and the rest of the issues you're stlll struggling with get addressed quickly too!
 
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