Today I had the pleasure of experiencing a tilt table test. I did a lot of research beforehand on what the actual test entailed, asked others about their experience, etc. Going in, I felt pretty prepared but I walked away with some info to share:
Type 1 Diabetes
You have to fast beforehand which isn’t always the easiest thing to do with diabetes.
- Make sure you check how early you have to fast- for me it was only 4hrs before the test which is a bit more manageable.
- If you go low (like I did), apple juice should be your go to. It’s clear and does the trick quickly.
- It should be ok to wear your pump/CGM. You may have to ask the nurse to check with the physician or someone else in charge as often their initial response is to have you remove it.
- Be prepared for your blood sugar to respond to the stress this test will put on your body- the anticipation caused me to go low but the actual test made me go high.
You will be standing in a locked position.
- Be prepared for some pain during and after the test- the entire test can take 90mins and a lot of that time is standing with very little movement.
- Bring pain meds to take as soon as you’re done as pain isn’t something they’re necessarily going to address in the cardiac recovery room. I didn’t have anything until I got home and at that point I was feeling awful.
Self care tips
- Make sure your driver is present during the results portion of the test. It’s a lot of information to process after you’ve just passed out.
- Wear comfortable shoes and pants as you’ll keep them on the entire time.
- Take the remainder of the day off. As someone who was back at work right after surgery, you might not believe me, but you will feel horrible after this test. Use your afternoon to give your body the hydration and rest it needs after such a stressful event.