Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

OGTT Screening: A Snapshot

In OGTT Screening on August 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Shuffling inside, parent and kids alike are still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. It’s 8:15am, and they are here for their 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test.

A sweet looking girl, really a 12 year old in a 15 year old body, is escorted to the blood-drawing table. Her features appear to bulge at the seams – round face, round arms, round fingers, round calves. Standing side by side, both sporting pink tank tops and slick pony tails, she and her mother look like two sizes of the same person. The phlebotomist is having a hard time finding the vein. She hits the arm till it pops up. The girl pulls her arm away, scared that it’s going to hurt. She covers her eyes, and her mother coaxes her not to move at all.  The phlebotomist talks her through it, explaining that the blood and the pinch of the needle should be minimal.  Two vials are filled, the girl sighs and dabs cotton over the needled area. With the same enthusiasm of an athlete chugging a bottle of Gatorade, she proceeds to drink the bright orange glucose drink, breaking only for a quick breath halfway through the container. She wanders back to the waiting area to sit with her mom. Noticing me watching her over the top of my laptop, she smiles shyly.

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