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April 17, 2014
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Fasting Blood Work


In anticipation of my end of the month endo appointment, I have to go for fasting blood work this week. I'm dreading it. To me, this one of the most inconvenient things in the world for several reasons.
First off, it has taken years for me to get into the habit of eating breakfast. Now that I'm a regular at the breakfast table, I'm completely hooked on the most important meal of the day. I can't leave home without it.
Second, I don't think its safe for me to drive on an empty stomach. It's kind of like not drinking liquor on an empty stomach. It's just a bad idea. I'm low, I'm shakey, I can't see straight. I'm liable to curse at anyone who crosses my path, even if they do have the right of way. Granted, the doctors office is down the hill and around the bend, literally 3 minutes away. But still, I'm not fond of driving before eating.
Third, and most importantly, I really cannot wake up without coffee in me. I know, I was pregnant for nine months, you would think I had ditched my coffee addiction in that time, but no. Despite the reports of the harm caffeine may or may not cause to unborn babies, it was once vice I could not let go of.
Truth be told, perhaps the blurry-eyed and careless driving is due more to missing my coffee than low blood sugar, but these days I can't be too sure.
In the past, fasting blood work was easier to do. My husband would drive me to the lab on a weekend, then we'd go out for breakfast. For some reason, my doctor's office changed the way they do things. I have to come to the office to have blood drawn on a weekday. Hubby can't drive me since he has to be at work.
Having a baby also makes it more complicated. I either have to get in and out of the office really quickly or I have to drop him off with a sitter early in the day. I'm going to take my chances at the office, the boy loves people watching and usually behaves better when other people are around.
As far as the results go, I'm not totally dreading it, but I'm not looking forward to it either. Diet-wise, I feel I eat pretty healthy so I'm expecting good cholesterol results. But I'm not banking on a good a1c, certainly not the nice 4.9 I attained during pregnancy. With the craziness of the last few months, I'm just hoping for under 7.


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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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