Things I learned:
- Even when you think your going to die, you won't. Dying during that test is much harder than it seems.
- Don't try and do anything productive while taking the test. All the reading I planned to do went out the door. A magazine was about as much as I could handle for those three hours.
- You will abhor the idea of sugar for about a day, at most a day and a half. Too bad. After the dreaded drink, I couldn't even imagine ever wanting sugar again. Then Easter came.
- A vegi based snack after was a very good idea. VERY GOOD IDEA!!
- Don't plan a large shopping trip after. All you will want is a nap. A very long nap.
- I never liked the idea of being stuck with needles. But the idea of being stuck with a needle in my hand is apparently a bit (or a lot) more panic inducing. Just another thing I will have to get over one day.
- The baby will move and move and move during this test. Usually mornings are pretty calm. (And the whole time I just sat there wondering if anybody else could see my belly moving. As if anybody else cares!)
- Walking around is a good idea. Even if there is only so much room for you to do so.
- I took 5 needles in the arms without much thought, just eyes closed (my left arm wasn't very giving with the blood, hence the 5 pokes, not 4).
- I didn't go lay on the cold bathroom floor despite how much I wanted to. The term "public" kept me sensible about the whole thing.
- I made it through a magazine. I did at least one semi productive thing during those three hours.
- I drank the drink without too much mental complaining. I used to be very particular with liquids. Not so much anymore thank goodness or I don't know how I would have made it through that drink.
- I took the "army grade" medical tape off by myself. It was much less painful when the nurses did it though. (I won't deny I was tempted to leave it on until my next apt. so they would take it off for me. It was strong stuff. I am used to bandages that fall off within mins.)
- They should really provide a bed for anybody going through that test.
- No matter what, don't give up. The very idea that I would have to restart the test if I complained about how I felt, kept me going. Cling to the fact that the crappy feeling won't last too long. The tiredness, maybe.
- You might look like a pregnant druggy after the test so maybe skip the short sleeves that day.
- Sitting around for the one hours test was almost harder then sitting around for the 3 hours test though that makes no sense.
Post bandages. Those red marks were there for a long while. My skin did not appreciate that tape. Oh and apparently I might bruise easily but that's nothing new. Just makes getting multiple shots a lot harder. I think the nurse could tell the idea of getting my hand poked with the needle scared the crap out of me so she very kindly did her best to find a spot on the arm that wasn't already bruised that would be generous with the blood. I almost want to write her a thank you card.
A self portrait post test, prenap.