I took my glucose test this week. I was prepared for the worst. I had heard horror stories of women who vomit or even faint from the drink. I was expecting a thick, syrupy drink that was similar to corn syrup, and I was expecting a lot of it. I thought they were going to make me drink a liter of it or something.
Better than I expected:
- The taste, texture, and amount of the drink. It was similar to Hi-C, that super sugary juice drink we used to drink as kids. And it was just a mini water bottle size, so it was pretty easy to put down.
- I didn't have to fast. They just told me to avoid sugar and eat a few hours before the appointment. I had a bowl of cottage cheese for breakfast, then went to the test 3 hours later.
- I brought Conrad with me, and it made the hour pass much faster.
Made me irritated:
- The incompetence of the guy who checked me in. I went to him with my papers and he told me I was all checked in and they would call my name. He even looked at my chart and saw why I was there, and he had me sit down and wait. I ended up waiting for 20 minutes, precious wasted time that could have been spent drinking the drink. After waiting for that long, he called my name and said, "Oh, Tess? You're here for the gestational diabetes test? Oh. Let me go grab the drink for you." REALLY, GUY? I've been sitting here for 20 minutes thinking I had to get my blood drawn first when I could have been 20 minutes closer to being done with this whole thing? Dummy.
- Because I had a mostly empty stomach, I started to get a tiny hunger headache. It probably didn't help that Conrad and I decided to pass the time by going for a walk in the sun. It went away as soon as I ate lunch thought.
- When they drew my blood at the end of the hour, the technician decided that she didn't want to use a vial with a green cap, but a vial with a grey cap. So she had to poke me again. Which was so fun.
Overall, the test was really not as bad as I expected it to be. The parts that peeved me the most were the staff, who were not on the top of their game, and I was probably just more irked because I was so hungry.
So for those of you who are nervous about taking this test, don't let people convince you that it's going to be horrible based on their personal experiences. I'm not promising it will be awesome, but don't be afraid. Not everyone has a bad experience with it. Same with, you know, labor.