“So, it wasn’t so bad, huh?” The pretty petite overly-spunky nurse asked as I ripped the last of the paper tape and gauze from my arms.
Actually, I think it was more of a rhetorical question.
Sometimes, it’s just like people BEG to be smacked.
Instead, I settled with, “I wouldn’t want to do it again…”
The one-hour glucose test was no big deal… gross, but not a big deal. The three-hour glucose test… well, it’s still gross but it left me feeling horrible and weak and dizzy…for the entire day. And, today (the next day). I’m still trying to get my body re-adjusted to “normal.”
However, with all of the needle-pricking, we did find that my platelets are a little low. They’re teetering on the verge of “over the line” for any sort of spinals/epidurals. (The hospitals refuse to do epidurals or spinals in c-sections when they go below 100).
In a perfect world, I wouldn’t be worried.
In a perfect world, I wouldn’t need an epidural because my labor was quick and didn’t stall. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t possibly need a c-section. In a perfect world…
But, it’s a little disarming to have that “choice” taken away. You know, the “just in case.”
(Last pregnancy ended in the doctor TELLING me I would have to have an epidural or c-section even though I had planned wholeheartedly for a completely natural birth.)
Low platelets has to do with clotting…which could POTENTIALLY be an issue in “natural” births too… but I’m not sure how low the platelets need to be before they worry about normal clotting.
It does mean that *IF* I had to have a c-section, I would have to be completely put to sleep.
The nurse, we’ll just call her “Ms. Information” (Get it? Misinformation… okay, nevermind)… Anyhow, according to HER, there is NOTHING that helps raise platelets. Turns out, she’s wrong. (Record streak she’s got with being wrong.) There ARE drugs (although I’m not there yet)…and there are some things my doula has said I could try…like raising my iron intake, which should help in an all-around way.
Next week, I go back for another blood test to check platelets –they’re wanting to watch them closely. And, by then, I should know what the glucose test yielded.