Thursday, January 8, 2015

Prolonging The Fasting Labs Agony & Lesson Learned.

I hate getting my labs done. 
HATE IT. Labs stress me out because of all the what ifs and the whole fasting after midnight thing doesn't help matters - So I normally get my labs done the week before. 
And that usually works  - except of course when it doesn't
It’s my own fault for waiting until the day before I get on a plane to do my fasting labs for my Endo appointment next Tuesday. 
I should have gone two days ago, like I'd originally planned - I should have given myself a safety net incase I needed a do over re: the whole fasting thing. 
But, I didn’t. 
Nope, Einstein here waited until today because what could possibly go wrong?! 
After all, in my head I had it all planned out.  
Wake up at 6:30 a.m, be at the lab by 7a.m, get back home, shower, work, finish packing and be in bed by 10pm so I could be at the airport by 5 am. 
Except I didn’t wake up at 6:00 this morning. I woke up at 1:40 am this morning with a low blood sugar - which I treated, because of course. And then I woke up again at 5am, checked my blood sugar, which was now 230, gave myself 1/4 of my correction bolus so I wouldn’t go low AGAIN. And all of the above me meant I had to prolong my fasting labs - which meant I didn’t drink my morning coffee until lunch time today - And that TOTALLY SUCKED. 
The word doesn’t give a shit if you haven’t eaten your breakfast, are severely coffee deprived and that you have to get your fasting labs done no matter what. 
And nobody cares if your schedule goes to hell in a hand-basket. 
Diabetes or not, we have to do, what we have to do - And being a grown up isn't all it's cracked up to be,  
Labs are done, I just finished packing and with any luck, I should be in bed before 11pm. 

Lessons learned and reinforced: I will NEVER wait until the absolute last moment to do my fasting labs again!  


Andrea said...

Ugh. I hate fasting labs too. They are such a pain to plan for. I have 4 more days before I'm on the last possible day to get it done before my next endo appointment. Thanks for motivating me to not wait! :)

Suz said...

I know it varies by doc, but that's happened to me before and they just said "next time just let them know you aren't fasting"...I was like...that's an option!? It usually just means the cholesterol won't count.

k2 said...

Andrea - glad to hear you can relate and hope your labs went well!
Suz -
Cholesterol is really important to my doctor and I – and for many people living with diabetes, so I don't want to chance it ;)