Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blood Tests

Went to Asian Hospital today to take the tests that my OB ordered. I'm ok with the blood draws but I really hated the glucose test. It's an Oral Glucose Challenge Test wherein I had to drink this 50mg sweet orangy thing (like Royal Tru Orange although sweeter). It took so much willpower from me not to throw up the thing and through it all, I kept in mind my mom's advise--repeating to myself "Don't throw up. Don't throw up." Because if I threw up, we had to do the whole thing all over thing and it's something that I was not looking forward to.

It's not yet finished though. After a few months, my OB will have me take the test again (or probably the tolerance test instead of the challenge where fasting is involved and probably a larger dose. Please no!).

Other than the OGCT, I had a urinalysis and 7 other blood tests. According to my OB, these are mandatory for pregnant women. I was squeamish as the medtech (or was that the nurse) had to extract 3 vials worth of blood. Aaarggggh! Ewwwww! Leo and I had to pay for the tests ourselves as these were not covered by my HMO. Good thing I have a discount card with Asian Hospital which gave us a 20% discount.


Norrie Blackeby said...

Why all the tests then? What are they for? The procedure sounds awful!

Sunshine Sangalang said...

mandatory screening--CBC, hepa are some of them.