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BabyHarris Update 8/27/2007- Glucose Test too HIGH!

Well, today made for a huge scare for me.  Last week, I had to take the glucose test.  The glucose test, as the name states, tests the amount of sugar in your body.  If it's too high, they send you off for diabetes tests...

To get the call this morning to let me know my levels were 142, where 140 is the cut-off, was pretty scary.  He doesn't seem too worried since it's right above the limit, but he still has to let me know I have to have the additional tests.  The additional tests requires me to fast for 12 hours and then they run blood tests for 3 hours... yes, 3 hours!!  I guess they take blood at different intervals to see how the body reacts, I'm not quite sure, but I have no idea how I'm supposed to fast for 12 hours and then have 3 hours of tests that will probably actually take 5  hours. 

That's potentially 17 hours without eating!!!  Baby's gotta eat, and I get hungry!!! 

Anyone else have this scare and it turn out to be just a fluke?

Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • August 27 2007 01:38PM


Donna, yes it is border line. I would take it as a wake up call. Maybe start walking a little with possible. I have Diabetes. If I would have done just that seven 10 years ago I my have push this stuff back.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 13 years ago
Hi Frank, Thanks for your comment and suggestion.  The problem is, I've always been VERY active.  I would walk the dog 1-2 miles 4-5 days a week, and I would swim 3-4 days a week.  My body has decided to stop fighting off mosquito bites which now prevents me from going outside unless I'm going to an appt, so no more walking the dog...he's gained two and a half pounds!!  I've also developed a pregnancy exhema which is preventing me from going swimming, though I did go twice last week, and it made things worse.... so, I've always been active, except for this past month.  I can't imagine 1 month of less activity could potentially change my life forever with diabetes... that's very scary!  I've even tried getting on the tread mill a few times, but my lack of attention span prevents me from doing that very often or for much longer than 20 minutes at a time.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago

Prayers for ya Dear.

I think I heard that this is not uncommon.

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 13 years ago

Thank you, Tom!

Also, I forgot to mention that I do "walk" a lot if you consider pacing to be walking.  Usually, when I'm on the phone and the call has taken more than a couple of minutes, I'm up walking around the pool table or the living room, or up and down the stairs in my house, as my office is  upstairs... so, even though I'm not walking the dog, I typically walk more than a mile a day just around the house.  I used to wear a pedometer around the house to see how much I walk, and it's usually around 7000 steps, though I know it's supposed to be 10,000 steps a day.  I'll put one on starting tomorrow and check to make sure I'm still pacing a lot!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago
Donna, I had to have the glucose test with 3 of my 5 children. The hard part was drinking the stuff. You'll be fine. I'll say a prayer for you.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 13 years ago

Donna...I've heard that many many women fail the one hour test only to pass the 3 hour just fine. My tip would be to schedule the 3 hour for the first thing in the morning. That way you're only having to hold out over night. however, it is very hard for me to get up and going without any food or drink in my stomach. I nearly passed out at the appt. Good luck!! You'll be fine!

Posted by Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner ( about 13 years ago
I took the 3 hour this morning.  I got really dizzy and nauseus.  I was freezing.  They gave me a lab coat to warm and said I looked horrible so they gave me a bed in one of the back rooms to lay down on.  I got a couple cat naps done, but boy was it loud back there with doors slamming and alll the gossip... boy, so much gossip!  They all felt bad for me and wanted to give me something to eat or drink.  They did give me a little water after the second hour, which definitely helped a lot!  I better have passed this test!!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago
I know it can be worrisome but try not to worry Donna, the same thing happened to me and the 1 hour test. What you ate the night before may have had something to do with it the first time around. Yes, it can be unnerving but the fact that your Dr. isn't concerned should really put your mind at ease.  That drink stuff is nasty too! I'm sorry you went through that and understand exactly what you are going through. Hang in there!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) about 13 years ago