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mlle_carrie's picture
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GD Frustration

So, I got a call today from my doctor's office that one of the numbers on my 2 hour GTT was high and now they are referring me to a diabetes center. On the phone the nurse told me that the doctor must not have been concerned about it because he didn't make a note on the report, but since one of my numbers was high...they are referring me anyway. This whole scenario really pi$$es me off because now I have to go to a diabetes class where they are going to tell me to switch to a diet THAT I AM ALREADY ON!! I don't eat grains or sugars and my carb intake is already very limited. Then I have to test my blood sugar several times a day and report back to them. I did the test on Friday and prior to that I had been out of town and I admit that I indulged in some sweets while I was away (cheesecake, ice cream, etc.) but do you think that could have that much of an effect on my blood sugar several days later?! I'm really hoping that after a week or two, things will be normal and I won't have to do this for the rest of my pregnancy. So frustrated right now. Sad

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Sorry they are putting you through this. No - I don't think the ice cream or cheesecake could have affected the test.

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I had failed 2 of mine and they told me that less then a year ago they changed the guidelines and now if you fail even one you are considered GD Sad I went to the class and it wasn't that bad, I was slightly entertained by a woman who felt it was totally ok to drink 12 regular sodas and refused to switch to diet.

I go back tomorrow and all my by blood checks have been fine so I'm hoping they will just let me monitor it at home and not to worry about it. Hopefully since you failed one it's not that bad for you.

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"HaganBaby" wrote:

I had failed 2 of mine and they told me that less then a year ago they changed the guidelines and now if you fail even one you are considered GD Sad I went to the class and it wasn't that bad, I was slightly entertained by a woman who felt it was totally ok to drink 12 regular sodas and refused to switch to diet.

I go back tomorrow and all my by blood checks have been fine so I'm hoping they will just let me monitor it at home and not to worry about it. Hopefully since you failed one it's not that bad for you.

Thanks for the reassurance. I guess I'm just frustrated because I am generally very careful about my diet and this kind of makes me feel like a flunkie. I'm not sure if the soda lady would make me laugh or tick me off. Sometimes I have no patience for ignorance...LOL.

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I'm sorry that you are going through this Carrie! Seems like you had a good diet and are very careful about what you eat. I guess that goes to show that if you are pre-disposed, there isn't a whole lot you can do to prevent it. They say pregnancy is a window to health concerns you may have later in life, so you may be more predisposed to diabetes. I am more predisposed to severe arthritis!

I have to admit, all you girls posting this and last week with poor results has me really anxious and nervous for my own results tomorrow :confused:

Sending you a big hug! :bighug: Hopefully it will go smoothly for you and won't be much of an issue if any.

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"sugspop" wrote:

I'm sorry that you are going through this Carrie! Seems like you had a good diet and are very careful about what you eat. I guess that goes to show that if you are pre-disposed, there isn't a whole lot you can do to prevent it. They say pregnancy is a window to health concerns you may have later in life, so you may be more predisposed to diabetes. I am more predisposed to severe arthritis!

I agree with this completely. Both a fertility doctor and an acupuncturist told me that I am insulin resistant and it wasn't until I started following a low-carb diet that I got pregnant, so I really think that my insulin resistance was affecting my fertility. So, of course, if they give me a drink that contains a ridiculous amount of sugar, and my body is no longer used to consuming a lot of sugar, my insulin resistance is going to show it's ugly head. That's why I stayed on the diet throughout my pregnancy. Oh well, if nothing else, I'll get to perform daily medical experiments on myself. I just hate the feeling of being "scolded" when I feel like I already have a pretty good handle on it. Ok, enough whining. Smile

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Sorry to hear that Carrie. They really can't scold you for something you can't control. Your diabetes has nothing to do with your diet and I am sure once they see your diet they will know that.

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:bigarmhug: I'm so sorry Carrie that you have to go through this. At least you are already on the diet and don't have to worry about switching too much of your lifestyle. The only change should just be monitoring your blood sugar to make sure everything is going smoothly. Do you already have a monitor for your insulin resistance?

I'm in the GD boat with you, although I failed 3 out of 4 readings on a 3 hour test. I am in sticker shock right now about the glucose monitor test strips- those puppies are expensive!

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

:bigarmhug: I'm so sorry Carrie that you have to go through this. At least you are already on the diet and don't have to worry about switching too much of your lifestyle. The only change should just be monitoring your blood sugar to make sure everything is going smoothly. Do you already have a monitor for your insulin resistance?

I'm in the GD boat with you, although I failed 3 out of 4 readings on a 3 hour test. I am in sticker shock right now about the glucose monitor test strips- those puppies are expensive!

I had never done anything to monitor insulin resistance. A former doctor prescribed metformin for fertility, but it made me really sick and then my previous marriage ended shortly after that, so I didn't really have a reason to pursue TTC. Later, an acupuncturist recommended a diet change and I think it really helped me to get pregnant. I don't have a monitor and they made it sound like they would give me one at the diabetes center. I'm really hoping my insurance will cover the strips!

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That sounds SO frustrating. I'm sorry younhave to go through all this!! Sad

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"mlle_carrie" wrote:

I had never done anything to monitor insulin resistance. A former doctor prescribed metformin for fertility, but it made me really sick and then my previous marriage ended shortly after that, so I didn't really have a reason to pursue TTC. Later, an acupuncturist recommended a diet change and I think it really helped me to get pregnant. I don't have a monitor and they made it sound like they would give me one at the diabetes center. I'm really hoping my insurance will cover the strips!

I have BCBS and they give a discount if you order through one of their supply companies. I am waiting for my script to call and find out how much they cost. I checked at Sam's club today and they had 100 strips for $40 which is a really good price.

We are so tight on money right now the last thing I need is to be paying about $4/day just to monitor my blood sugar. Changing my diet is no biggie- that is just different groceries to buy. We will do what I have to do, but I am all about finding the best deal out there.

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Strips are outrageous!! They give away the darn machines but charge an arm and a leg for the strips. It's sad really. I hope both you ladies can find some peace with the GD.

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I'm sorry. I would be pissed too. I know you eat well and I wonder if you are GD how you would control it? I hope it's just mild andyou won't have to take insulin. :?

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"PAmom2boys" wrote:

I'm sorry. I would be pissed too. I know you eat well and I wonder if you are GD how you would control it? I hope it's just mild andyou won't have to take insulin. :?

Oh jeez...if I have to take insulin, I will freak out!

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It's not the end of the world! I only failed one number with my first too (the third one).

Sure it's no fun to poke yourself 4x a day, but it is all for the good of you and the babe.

And if you need insulin or pills, also, the world will not end. You are not failing. Your body just can't handle it all on its own. Any doctor that makes it out to be your fault, when you clearly are doing all you can, is just a jerk.

Just remember, there are people who live with diabetes every day, you have to deal with it for a few months. It will be okay!

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Sad I am sorry you are dealing with this.

I am too, again.. 3rd pregnancy.

First I want to start with You are not a flunkie because you have GD. You have no control over that, especially if you are already eating well to start with. The first time I was told I had it ( with ds) I cried and cried. I am over that now because I know that it's okay. It is not the end of the world and it is nothing compared to the people who have diabetes and have to do this every single day for their entire lives.

My dr wants me to go to a high risk dr to learn all about testing and diet and stuff, but the high risk dr is 1.5 hours away and I have 2 kids, one in school, one car at the moment and there is NO way I can go there without taking ds out of school for the day and dh missing work. I asked them to let me try to control with diet and exercise for 1.5 weeks while reporting my numbers back to her and she was okay with that. Not really what they wanted, but they are going to let me do it. I was successful with controlling with diet with dd and I think I can do it again. I learned all of this 2.5 years ago when I was pregnant before so I really don't want to go do it again.

Pricking your finger 4 times a day is a pain. Your fingers will start to have permanent stab marks in them, but you get used to it. It isn't the worst thing ever. I have actually read that the insulin shots are a lot easier than the lancet pricks.

It will be okay. ((Hugs)). There seem to be a few of us who have it this time, so we should start a recipe and tip/support thread that we share in all of the time. I think that will be helpful.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

There seem to be a few of us who have it this time, so we should start a recipe and tip/support thread that we share in all of the time. I think that will be helpful.

YOU REALLY SHOULD DO THIS!!!! and get it stickied at the top Wink

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The cost of those strips must be different for states. I have BCBS and my monitor came with a card to get a discount so with it and my insurance it was 15 bucks for 2 months worth and the sticker thing refills.

Anyone else have to use ketone strips? I'm really tired of them. lol

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I started a support thread and asked Joee to sticky it for us. http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=678901

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

I started a support thread and asked Joee to sticky it for us. http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=678901

Awesome! thank you ladies for all your support!! Smile

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Why don't you just ask if you can do the three hour test instead? I don't think they can FORCE you to go to these classes if you really don't want to...

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Why don't you just ask if you can do the three hour test instead? I don't think they can FORCE you to go to these classes if you really don't want to...

I'm thinking that it wouldn't make much of a difference, since the number that was high was the blood draw that was taken at one hour after the drink. As much as I think it is going to be silly and a waste of my time, I also feel like I'd rather be safe than sorry. And like I mentioned before, it will give me the opportunity to perform daily medical experiments on myself. I am actually a little curious about how my diet effects my blood sugar levels, now that I have gotten over the initial annoyance.

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I like doing that too. When we were TTC and I was temping and using OPK I found it fascinating.

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