Monday, December 7th I got the call from Dr. Bailey's office with my Glucose test results. It came back showing that I do have gestational diabetes. Dr. Bailey's nurse told me that I needed to contact the Center for Lifestyle Management and set up an appointment with them. After I got off the phone, I took a deep breath and tried not to cry. I think it was the fear of the unknown. So of course, I broke down in tears. I talked to Preston and called mom at work. I was SO upset. I knew everything was going to be okay, I just didn't know what was going to happen next from here.
I immediately called over to the Center and got an appointment for the following day with them. The lady said she would be emailing me the papers that needed to be filled out for my appointment. I also needed to call my insurance and get a glucose meter ordered. I did just that. The insurance company said that because it was for gestational diabetes that they could overnight it to me. So as of 12:00pm, everything that needed to be done was completed. Now it was a waiting game for the next day.
Around 3:30pm that same day, I got another call from Dr. Bailey's nurse saying that there might be a problem with my labs. She was taking another look and there could have been a possibility that they switched my 2nd and 3rd hour results. If this was the case, then I DO NOT have gest. diabetes. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? After all the emotions I had gone through that morning? Goodness! Arisele (Dr.'s nurse) said that she wanted me to come in tomorrow morning for another fasting bloodwork and to go ahead and cancel my appt with center until they find out anything further. The lab had agreed to re-run my blood at no charge (gee, thanks!) and that hopefully she would know something when I got there in the morning. At this point, there was still a little bit of hope that everything was ok and I didn't have gest diabetes. So, home I went for the night. I think knowing this at least allowed me to calm down a little bit and have a good night.
I went in Tuesday morning for bloodwork. It was fast and simple. As I was leaving, I asked the ladies in the front office if Arisele was in yet. They told me that she was probably on her way but had not made it in. Of course! I was doing good until now. I leave the office and go downstairs. As I'm about to walk out the door, in walks Arisele (Praise the Lord!). I stopped her and asked if she knew anything yet? She said that she was on her way upstairs right now to see what she can find out and that she would call me soon....back to work I go. About an hour or so later, Arisele called me to let me know that they re-ran my labs and everything was still the same. I DO have gestational diabetes. Boy, what a roller coaster! She instructed me to call this other doctor and get in with him. I have no clue why not the same place she told me at first, but I did what she said.
When I called this office, they said they could not see me until January 31st. Ha! At this time, I'm just about starting to freak out a little bit. I went ahead and made an appointment just in case, then I called back to Dr. Bailey's office and told Arisele. She said she would call me back once she talked to Dr. Bailey. So once again, I wait. I hear back from Arisele and she says that I cannot wait that long to go ahead and get set up at the Center again. I called them back and was able to get an appointment that friday morning from 8am-10am. They said that we would meet an hour with a nurse and an hour with a dietician. I felt better now that we had something set, but I was still SO upset.
This week was definitely one of the most stressful weeks that I have had in a long time. It was a VERY hard week for Preston and I as well. Again, I think a lot of it was the fear of the unknown from the both of us. Neither of us understood a whole lot about what was going on or what was going to have to happen in order to get it all under control and it made for a VERY emotional week. The hardest part was having to wait until friday to get all of our questions answered. But we did, and we made it alive...it was close though. ha!
Our friday morning appointment at the Center for Lifestyle Enhancement went really well. Preston went with me and was able to ask any questions that he wanted. Which I think helped him a lot and definitely what he needed to do. I learned how to take my blood and was instructed that I needed to do that 4 times a day. I was also given a restricted meal plan of eating 6 times a day. We learned a lot about the "disease" and I was very thankful we were both there to learn what we needed to.
After that appointment, we headed to Dr. Bailey's office for a regular checkup. Again, we were able to talk to her about any other questions or concerns we had about this. It was a day much needed after the week we had, and we both felt good about things once we were finished.
We are scheduled to go back to both offices in a couple of weeks to check up on everything. Let the meal planning and blood taking begin! Hopefully I can get everything under control where I won't have to take any insulin. As of right now, it's all diet controlled and I couldn't be more happy.
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