Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fasting Blood Test

It's that time again.

Pre-diabetes appointment bloodwork time.

Only this time, it's also cholesterol-testing time which means...fasting.


Fasting and diabetes go as well together as...oysters and Cheerios.

On Sunday night I went to bed knowing that I had to get my bloodwork done by Friday at the latest to ensure that it made it to my doctor on time for my appointment. I went to bed knowing that whatever morning I woke up with a blood sugar above 4.5, without having had a low in the middle of the night, I was going to have to skip my run or my swim and go sit in a waiting room with a lot of other people, feeling more and more cranky as the minutes ticked by and my stomach growled with hunger.

I went to bed on Sunday night with well-behaved blood sugar. I woke up right around midnight with a BG of 5.0. I had four Dex4s to keep me in range.

I woke up in the morning with a BG of 7.0. My blood test requisition said that I had to fast for 8 hours and between my Dex4s at midnight a test at 8am, I figured I was good to go.

No swim for me, it was blood work day.

I got up, showered, packed my lunch and my breakfast shake that Doug made me and headed out just after 7:45am. I didn't take a coffee with me because I usually have to wait at least 30 minutes for bloodwork and I hate cold coffee. And reheated coffee.

That's when it hit me. Friday we got walloped by a huge snow storm. I'm sure anyone needing bloodwork would not have ventured out in that mess. Saturday the world was covered in snow and the roads were iffy - no one was going to the clinic unless absolutely necessary.

It was Monday morning after two days of snow. The lab was going to be insane.

Dammit! I had already missed my swim and my blood sugar was surprisingly well-behaved. I was going to have to brave the crowds and get'er done.

I took a deep breath and opened the lab door.


As in, not a soul.

I walked up to the counter in a bit of a daze. They took my paperwork, handed me a cup to pee in and were waiting outside the bathroom door when I emerged - ready to take my blood.

It was eerily quiet. I felt like I was in some weird zombie movie where there are hardly any humans left in the world.

I was back in my car in under 6 minutes and had enough time to drive home, grab a mug of coffee and still get to work at my regular time.

I'm going to hold on to that fabulous memory the next time I head to the clinic, see a lineup snaking down the hall and my stomach starts screaming for its breakfast.


  1. WOW! That's insane! (Insanely awesome!) But for next time, when you might not be so lucky...did you know that you can book appointments at Lifelabs online? It's great. I almost feel guilty walking in to a waiting room full of people and then getting called in ahead of them all! Appointments fill up pretty quickly, so it's good to book far in advance.

  2. They ALL stayed away because they thought it would be crazy busy, just like you! Nice!