Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weekly Chase & Bumpdate

Here I sit, on a Wednesday evening typing up my weekly chase. I know, I know ... the week is half over - why not just skip it? Well, the truth is ... I just wasn't ready to talk about my goals from last week. 

You may remember one of my bumpdates, I talked about the dreaded GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test). It's just a part of pregnancy. The doctor asks you to fast from midnight until you appointment. 1 hour before your appointment, you drink the most disgusting sugar loaded fluid you've ever imaged and then they take your blood and test it.  Yeah, ... not fun! Also in your third trimester they test your iron levels and in my case, my doctor ordered some other tests to check on my overall health. By the time you leave, you are exhausted and hungry!

I was no stranger to the GTT because early in my pregnancy, my sugar levels were elevated so to be safe I was tested for Gestational Diabetes (GD). I failed the 1-hour test by 2 or 3 points, and was asked to take the 3 hour test. Thankfully, I passed the 3 hour test with no problem and continued on my healthy pregnancy journey.

Fast forward back to my Third Trimester GTT. I was a little concerned, but not scared. Like I said, I was no stranger to the test, I understood everything about it and what it meant. My only concern was not throwing up the sugar-filled-gross beverage between drinking it, and having my blood drawn. Other than that, I wasn't too worried.

I had the screening on a Thursday.

Friday - no news.

Monday - no news.

Tuesday, I woke up and thought "phew, I must have passed this one!"

It was around 10:30 a.m. when I was interrupted during a meeting.

"Erin, it's your doctor - she'd like to speak with you urgently." Immediately, my heart sank. I picked up the phone, and listened carefully to all she had to say.

Turns out, I didn't slightly fail my GTT as done before - I totally failed it! To continue on with the  bad news I was also now anemic.

"So what are the next steps" I calmly asked ...

I am to take the 3 hour GTT test (again!) and we will go from there, as far as the anemia I am to increase my iron eaten in food and be re-tested before taking additional supplements.

So, if you're wondering how I did with my Weekly Chase? ... Not good.

I scheduled my three hour GTT, sent a text to my husband and family and continued on with my meeting. I was a complete mess. ...

As soon as the meeting ended, I did what any normal person would do. I went into the bathroom and cried. I cried, and cried, and cried. ... As soon as I thought I could face the world, I went back to my desk and promptly cried again.

I sat quietly at my desk and worked through the tears. I got in the car and cried all the way home, and then...

I made a decision.

If, I'm diagnosed with GD (Gestational Diabetes) I am going to have to make some serious changes. Changes that are actually GOOD for me. If I'm not diagnosed, I still should make some of those changes because (like I said) the changes are good.

So what were the changes?

1) I made a list of things I was thankful for in regards to this particular pregnancy.
a. If I had gotten pregnant before I lost 60 pounds, I might have started my pregnancy a diabetic.
b. I haven't been sick - at all!
c. I have a husband who is supportive, and will support me on this journey no matter what.
d. I'm pregnant.

2) I went to the grocery store and filled my cart with healthy, fresh foods, eggs and other "superfoods".

3) I began to track my calories, sugar, carbs and protein in MyFitnessPal.

If I am diagnosed with GD, I figured it was better to have started on my low carb, low sugar lifestyle as early as possible and if not, I plan to continue a better way of eating until Baby Girl comes. Yes, i'll have cake at my baby showers, and an occasional treat here and there - but most importantly, I will think of the effects on both me AND Baby Jimenez with each bite of food I take.

No more plates of milk and cookies - just because "i'm pregnant".

My 3 hour GTT test is on Friday, and I have an appointment with the doctor on Monday. If you are a praying person, I ask that you lift me up in prayers as I'm feeling a little discouraged and scared.  My prayer isn't necessarily that i'd "pass the GTT" but that I'd have the strength to accept whatever news the results bring and that Baby Jimenez and I would continue to remain as healthy as possible during the next phase of pregnancy.

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