The Roller Coaster of Getting Diagnosed with Gestational and Type 2 Diabetes.
Age 36 I was pregnant with my last child. I got my gestational diabetes test just like all ladies do. I saw my doctor every 3 weeks then every 2 weeks as we got closer then down to every week the last 6 weeks. Given that my last child was 3 weeks early the doctor wanted to keep his eye on me.
I went in for a weekly visit and the nurse said you have gained 10 pounds in a week! I said you have got to be kidding?!?! She asked me if I had gestational diabetes and I said No! I told her I had my test done at 28 weeks but no one called so I was thinking I must be in the clear. The nurse said, "oh I am sure you don't have it we only call if your test comes back positive." She started looking through my chart and got this look of despair on her face. I said is everything OK? She said "yes, I am just trying to find your results, I will be right back." Five min later she came back in she said, "I am sorry, Mrs Knapp we can't find your gestational diabetes test." She said no worries I called the lab and they will be calling me back in just a few minutes.
I had gestational diabetes and didn't know it
I sat and read a magazine just relaxing without my other children around. I felt at peace yet I felt like what if I have gestational diabetes and I did not know it this entire time. Then thoughts raced through my mind like, no wonder I put on 10 pounds in a week. Is my baby going to be OK? Am I going to be OK?
Then the door flew open and the nurse said with a flushed face, "I am sorry, Mrs. Knapp but I have to tell you that you do indeed have gestational diabetes." She started tearing up, nervous about how I was going to react. I said don't cry I will be OK. I felt calm yet I knew this can't be all that good. The nurse told me how sorry she was that somehow she did not catch that I was positive. She said over and over again I am so sorry. I know how bad she felt. I felt she was being sincere yet in the pit of my stomach, I kept thinking oh this can't be good for the baby or I.
The doctor finally came in and said "oh my, I see that your gestational diabetes test results got lost and that you just found out." He also apologized. He said, everything will be just fine. He said, "you still have 4 weeks of pregnancy and with diet change and exercise I should be able to keep my weight the same the rest of the pregnancy. I thought Oh great. He handed me a bunch of booklets and said take these home and read these. Lower your carbohydrates like it talks about. Start walking 30 to 40 minute a day and we will see you back in a week. Well, that next week never came. That very same Sunday I gave birth to just under 10 pound baby boy who was over 3 weeks early. I did not even have a chance to work on my eating and my son was so big he looked like he was 2 months old.
A type 2 diabetes diagnosis
What a bummer to have gestational diabetes 10 weeks and not even know it. That still bothers me some to this day. I went back for my postpartum visits and the doctor shared with me that I have a 20% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes but he reassured me that he would test me and make sure I don't have it. I got one test at 6 weeks after and I was grateful to hear you don't have type 2 diabetes. Again I was tested at 12 weeks and told I was in the clear and that I did not have type 2 diabetes. I left that day and never looked back. Unfortunately I was feeling horrible after my baby especially from month 6 and on. I was exhausted, could not drop a pound, was very thirsty, felt unfocused with very little energy. Now I had a great reason I had all of these symptoms. I was nursing so that is why I was thirsty. I was exhausted from being up with my baby at night. I was unfocused due to lack of sleep. I could not drop a pound because I was too fatigued to focus on my eating and did not have enough energy to exercise. Well, my dear husband said those are also a lot of symptoms of diabetes. Are you sure you should not go in and be checked.
I blew if off until I could not anymore I had to go in and see the doctor to see if I had something really wrong. I made an appointment by now I was close to the year mark since I had my sweet baby. My doctor really felt like my symptoms may just be type 2 diabetes. He sends me home with a monitor and sure enough my glucose numbers were testing very high. I was frightened. I began to get questions in my mind just like I did when sitting waiting for the doctor on that dreadful visit I had before I found out I had gestational diabetes. I went in for my visit after having the monitor for a few weeks and my doctor also had my lab work back and he said, "Mrs. Knapp, you have type 2 diabetes." I could not believe what I was hearing but down deep inside because I saw high numbers while testing those 2 weeks I knew I had it.
Finding the right management plan
Twelve years later and now having my diabetes in control through eating right and exercising feels good. I may have diabetes but I will never let it have me. I always work hard to keep things in check. Working out 5 days a week is really hard but also really worth it because it helps lower those numbers. Eating low carbohydrate food is not all that fun and sometimes I wish I could eat whatever I wanted but I eat low carbohydrates because they help keep my blood sugars in where they should be and keep me feeling better living life with more energy.
How well does your doctor explain diabetes care terms to you?