Thursday, December 1, 2011

I have gestational diabetes? Say Whaaaat?

Hello everyone!  Did the five of you miss us?  ;)

I was thinking of starting up the blog again when I did my 21 Paleo Diet challenge from Nov 1-21, and then again when I made a 90% successful Paleo(ish) Thanksgiving (I should post about that, it was actually pretty tasty).  However, I received some at-first terrifying news today that has prompted our reappearance into the world of blogging.

I have gestational diabetes.

Or should I say, my doctor THINKS I have gestational diabetes.  Because I scored an off-the-chart, terribly abnormal score on the asinine Oral Glucose Tolerance Test that I took the day after our challenge ended.  Turns out my body doesn't process large amounts of sugar rapidly, and it kind of freaks out when it gets dosed with the 100g of raw glucose they feed you.  Ya.  Duh.

Quite honestly, I didn't do a lick of research before the test.  My thought process was "Ok, I'm TOTALLY healthy, I'm going to effing ACE this test!  Bring on the sugar drink, bitches!!"  Boy was I wrong.  Turns out I should have stuffed my face full of bread, rice, pasta, corn and potatoes before taking the test.  Riiiiiiiight.  Because THAT'S healthy!  *slaps forehead*

It's hard to explain what was going on in my head when I heard the nurse tell me that my levels were so high, I don't even need to do another test.  And that I'm going to have to go right to a diabetes clinic where they will explain to me the importance of "cutting back on my sugars and carbs" and start doing some "light exercise like brisk walking."  *dumbfounded stare*   (I really wanted to say "F#@* you nurse, I can CLEAN AND JERK YOUR ASS!!  But I was so shocked I couldn't speak.)

I, of course, being the pregnant hormonal mess I was this morning, immediately burst into tears which subsequently turned into a panic attack.  Here are some of the thoughts that went through my confused brain:

  • Oh my god, I'm doing everything right, why is this happening?!
  • I had bread this weekend, I'm killing our daughter.
  • Diabetes clinic?  I can probably teach THEM a thing or two!
  • WHY DID I EAT THAT HALLOWEEN CANDY BEFORE THE CHALLENGE?
  • This HAS to be a mistake.  This HAS to be a mistake.
  • ......................................

I wanted to research why I got this result, but suddenly I couldn't formulate ideas or remember how to work a computer.  My boss sent me home and I don't even know how I managed to drive myself the 40 miles from work.  I was a giant ball of freak-out until a very amazing friend sent me this link.  (Robb Wolf, you make everything better.)  Basically Paleo bodies adapt to burning fat for fuel instead of sugar.  Which is a GOOD thing.  Unless you're taking the OGTT test, that is.

But who knows, maybe I do have gestational diabetes.  But I really f&@*ing doubt it.  Both my doctor and the nurse consoled me and explained I'm doing everything right, and that it could be just the way my body handles sugar during pregnancy.  True.  If I were like every other person in America.  But I'm not.  So I'm not buying it until I monitor my blood sugars myself.

Thank you, medical industry, for inducing this stress on me and my baby girl this morning (you damn idiots).  But I'm not going to let it get me down.  Tomorrow, I'm buying one of those blood sugar doohickeys so I can prove you all wrong.  And, if for whatever reason my blood sugar levels are still high, well then I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

For now, I'm sticking with my Paleo diet because I know it's what's best for me and our precious little baby girl.

- Wifey

P.S.  It's ON, you medical industry bitches.

4 comments:

  1. Very interesting post Angel. Very sorry you had to experience a freak out. Am quite convinced you are more healthy than most folks who take that test. I will look forward to hearing how the self monitoring goes, and how the principle that Paleo bodies burn fat vs sugar for fuel is manifested in your sugar monitoring.

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  2. I am going through the same thing right now. I am 28 weeks along and my blood glucose test on Monday showed my bs at 166 (they want a 139 or less reading). I have eaten Paleo for over a year, not perfect but pretty good! My husband lost an incredible amount of weight last year eating Paleo and now does CrossFit competitions. We spend a ton of money every month of GF beef, pastured chicken and eggs, organic fruits and veggies, wild caught seafood.....you get the point! So my body has not had to deal with tons of sugar/processed foods being thrown at it on a daily basis, and I'm sure my pancreas thanks me for it! Then BAM 50 grams of glucose on Monday and my pancreas was like- What!? How do I handle that much sugar!? I've kind of been on vacation here....Tomorrow I go in for the 3 hour test where they will force me to drink 100 grams of glucose and draw my blood after 1, 2 and 3 hours. If I fail then I will be monitoring my BS by sticking my finger 4X's a day....in which I will finally get a chance to prove I am not diabetic! So mad.....

    Stephanie @intentionalconsumption.com

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  3. Taking good care as soon as possible you got to know about GD is always beneficial and regular visit to the physician may prevent from further damage.


    Gestational diabetes

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