Quote from tazzirn
i had another one today. i had one while pregnant but don't remember this happening, and my nurse brain was not functioning today. i fasted since midnight, went in this morning and had the baseline drawn and drank the dexicola *shudder* at about 0950. went back two hours later and had the second level drawn, then went home. i had my youngest with me so we decided to go to mcd's and to the park. got to the park about 1300 and my hands were shaking so bad i could hardly hold a french fry!! i came down hard!!!
i think the first time i had it done i ate as soon as the second draw was done so i didn't feel it. it was weird!!!! now i have even more sympathy for my diabetics who come in with low levels.
tazzi, did you go to a lab or have test done at work? doesn't sound like they followed standard procedure. in my experience, pt is instructed to make sure diet includes sufficient carbs for several days before test. then after first blood draw, pt must sit quietly, since activity will interfere with reliability of results.perhaps i just misunderstood post and you didn't actually leave and come back for 2nd drawbelow is standard prep for oggt
glucose tolerance diagnostic test
to prepare for the glucose tolerance diagnostic test:
eat a balanced diet that contains at least 150 to 200 grams of carbohydrate per day for 3 days before the test. fruits, breads, cereals, grains, rice, crackers, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, beans, and corn are good sources of carbohydrate.
do not eat, drink, smoke, or exercise strenuously for at least 8 hours before your first blood sample is taken.
tell your health professional about all prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking. you may be instructed to stop taking certain medications before the test.
the glucose tolerance diagnostic test may take up to 4 hours. since activity can interfere with test results, you will be asked to sit quietly during the entire test. do not eat during the test. you may drink only water during this time.
hope everything is ok.