By now I should be used to ignorance, even from medical professionals. But this encounter today really took the cake.
I was at the hospital getting my 28th week scan. I was particularly anxious about the measurements of baby's tummy because at my last scan, it came out at the 80th percentile and that was flagged up as something to watch. They don't want it any higher than the 90th percentile.
One of the many reasons why diabetic pregnancies are high risk is that high blood sugars can make the baby abnormally big. But other than the abdominal measurement, all of my baby's other measurements were solidly average (around the 50th percentile) and utterly normal. My A1C at conception was 5.6% and my latest A1C was 4.9%.
So the 80th percentile tummy from the 23 week scan came as a surprise to everybody.
So today at the 28th week scan, when the tummy measurements were taken, I asked for more information, saying I was worried because it had been a little high the last time.
Sonographer : 'Oh yes, that's because you're diabetic.'
Me : 'But all the other measurements were completely normal, 50th percentile. And my HBA1C is 4.9%'
Sonographer : 'Oh, so your diabetes is really not very well controlled is it?'
I was so shocked I didn't know what to say.