Tuesday, September 18, 2007

25 Week Check-up

My friend Jill kindly offered to watch Ella today while I went to see Dr. Echt for my regular appointment. It worked out great because I needed to talk to Dr. Echt about my glucose test and Ella would have been a bit distracting. Dr. Echt's first words to me this morning were, "How did you fail the glucose test so badly?!" Apparently, my score was 195 where it should have been around 130 (I think). So, we took a look back at my 3-hour results from my pregnancy with Ella and all of those scores were actually very low rather than abnormally high.

So, Dr. Echt offered me an option that might help me avoid the 3-hour test that I was planning on taking later this week. Tomorrow I need to go for a Hemoglobin A1c test -- just a simple blood draw after an 8-hour fast. It's a common blood test for people with diabetes that measures the average sugar in your blood over the past 2 - 3 months. Then on Thursday I'll call the office for my results. If the result is low enough, I will get to skip the 3-hour test. Otherwise I'll be taking that test on Friday. If I fail those tests then I will need to go on a diabetic diet for the remainder of the pregnancy. Hopefully, it won't come to that.

Other than that, everything was pretty standard at the appointment. Of course, Baby Piersma didn't cooperate AGAIN and she needed to use the ultrasound to see the heartbeat. But, everything checked out okay.

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