7:30 – I have now been waiting 15 minutes of the 2 hour glucose test and already ready to go home and have a pee. A warning to all, this may turn into one of those TMI kinda Blogs. I arrived at the lab ten minutes before the lab was scheduled to open and there were already four people standing outside I front of the lab. I amazed each time I have come to the lab when they open at 7 AM and find people waiting outside ready to get going. Also amazed at the diversity of those waiting this early. They are not just seniors waiting; they are people of all ages and backgrounds. Apparently people are either that eager or hate blood work that much that they arrive and are willing to stand in the cold for the pleasure of being poked and prodded by the vampires. I call the lab techs vampires out of love and respect. They do a very important job yet are most people’s least favourite people next to the parking meter attendants and parking garage money takers
Now that I have hopefully set the scene of my morning it is time to share what has happened so far and the day ahead. After entering the lab and being given a number just after 7AM, I have been registered and had my 1st of three needles to get my valuable blood from. As I have been fasting for over 12 hours this I believe is supposed to give them a base line for my glucose or sugar levels with no food having been eaten recently. They then gave me the .75 grams of sugar solution which is just .25 more than they give you for the 1 hour test and yet seems 100 times sweeter and more disgusting. They gave me 5 minutes to drink the “Stuff” and I did it in 4, take that disgusting drink. This blog and parts of the hospital visit 2 were written during this first hour of waiting..
8:15 – Ok, needle number 2 has been taken and that means I am 50% done my waiting time and 67% done my needles for the day. Yeah I am so happy and mean this a lot more than I was when I wrote at 7:30 this morning. I did learn an interesting fact from the tech who took my blood this time. When I complained how much I hated/dislike this test she told me that they used to have a 3 hour and 5 hour version of this test. I can only imagine how much fun that would have been and it makes me feel better about this 2 hour glucose test