Turned out I didn’t have anything to worry about regarding my A1c result last week. When my doctor came into the exam room, he asked, “How are you doing?” I responded, “I don’t know, how am I doing?” He opened my test results on the computer as I started to explain my vacation eating and how my blood sugars were a little crazy there for awhile.
He cut me off… “Well your A1c is 6.1%.” “Really?!” I reacted. He explained that 2 weeks out of a 3 month period wouldn’t impact this test that much. Gee, you’d think after almost 19 years with diabetes, I’d have known that! He went on to ask if I’d been having a lot of lows. Since the A1c is just an average, whenever he sees results under 6.5% he wants to make sure that frequent lows aren’t the culprit. I haven’t had very many lows, fortunately.
These checkups have been meaningful for me because I see them as an evaluation of whether I can control my blood sugar well without using an insulin pump. It’s been nearly 10 months since I took off the pump and I love the freedom of not wearing it. My diet has been more consistent and healthy. It just simplifies my life not to deal with changing pump sites every three days. Not to mention the incredibly frustrating highs caused by pump malfunctions or site problems!
My exam was pretty quick and I left with my doctor’s blessing to keep “doing what I’m doing” until our next checkup in 6 months. I feel that I’ve achieved what I set out to do when I proposed going back to multiple daily injections: having diabetes impact my life as little as possible. What a blessing to be able to focus on my family during this wonderful time of life!