Arrggh! Lab Tests

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Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/15/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
G'Day, All...

Sorry I've been so sporadic in responding lately. I've been in the throes of DIY home remodeling. Finished the bathroom floor yesterday all by myself (Yay!).

Anywhoooo... my problem seems to be with trying to get my darn blood tests done. I plan to eat an evening snack at the 12-hour fasting mark (i.e. 9:00PM if I plan to get my blood tested at 9:00AM). Problem seems to be that no matter what time I go - anywhere between 7:30AM-12:30PM - I have to wait 20 minutes to 2 hours! It's been crazy here lately!

I seem to be having difficulty this time around: went hypo during the night the first time, went to the lab the next day to try again, realized I'd forgotten the requisition slip on the front table, after getting it and returning to the lab I was told the wait was 75 minutes minimum (this was at 12:00 noon!). I just couldn't do it. I had to eat.

I'm going to try again tomorrow. I'm shooting for 8:30AM. I think I can hold out a bit longer in the morning than I can closer to lunch. Guess I can skip one meal but not skip a meal then delay the next.

Is this a Type 1 thing (like an insulin to carb to ratio to timing thing as usual)? Or do others experience it as well? Any suggestions? I wish I could make an appointment but, the labs don't work that way for blood draws here (that I know of).

I usually give myself a 3-4 day buffer and tomorrow is the last day I can go to have the results for my appointment on Friday. Wish me luck :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm type 2 and new to this, but maybe you need to call your doctor and let her/him know you are having trouble making it until it's time for your test. Before I had the diabetes, I had a problem with hypoglycemia, and I know it is difficult to skip or delay meals. Maybe your doctor can intervene for you so you can have your tests on time and eat right away. You might think about taking a little snack to your test to help you until you can actually have a meal. I'm sorry I'm not much help, but I wanted to let you know that I'm here for you :-) Good Luck!!!!!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
can you get the doc to order the labs STAT? Is there a lab in a hospital near you? Could you camp out at the lab before they open the way everyone does for the new Harry Potter book? Jeepers, Phish, I wish I could be more helpful but I have the same problems here...
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gelchick
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   Posted 7/16/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you go somewhere else?  If you place a (D) behind your name at my local hospital- they take you next ( 10-15 minute wait tops) as long as there are no emergencies. If I go to the drop in lab service, you have to wait your turn and it can take forever. Even though the hospital is further away, it's faster for me to go there. sandy
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/16/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All! Thanks for the replies, and for letting me know I'm not the only one with this difficulty :-)

I finally got them done this morning and only had to wait 55 minutes. Better than 2 hours!

I intentionally let myself go a bit higher than normal (i.e. I ate 24 grams of carbs without the usual NovoRapid last night), but I certainly wasn't expecting the 15.6 (270-ish) this morning! Took 3 units of Rapid to bring it down to around 9-10 - and to hopefully help me feel better: the nausea just sucks. Imagine my surprize when almost 2 hours later I tested at 16.2! Now I'll have to watch that my breakfast dose plus the "fix" dose I took doesn't send me into a hypo this aft. I took one less unit than my regimen calculated my dose to be, just so I don't go (too) low. I've always had a terrible habit of swinging WAY wide of what's normal for me whenever I'm out of my routine. Sometimes I'm like, "Where's the dartboard? I have to take a shot of Rapid". Sometimes there's just too many caluclations and considerations that for all the over-analysing in the world, it won't get you to a faster conclusion than throwing a dart at a number board.

I'm going to ask my Endo this Friday if there is some way of getting these tests done more to schedule. My Diabetes Clinic is in one of the hospitals in my city so, maybe I can arrange something with them - even if it is 3 times further than my option of 3 labs and 2 other hospitals that are closer. The drag about the hopitals are the astronomical parking fees. I'd still pay it if I could walk into the lab and be outta there within 30 minutes.

Thanks for all your suggestions and for letting me know I'm not alone :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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