March 23, 2007 at 4:04 pm | Posted in The Sweet Life | 22 Comments

The last time I went to Awesome Endo, I did a three day CGMS and he tweaked my basal rates and carb ratios a bit.   And for two weeks, I was SuperDiabetic.  You all know her: the one who faithfully tests two hours after meals and actually gets up in the middle of the night to do basal rate checks…  The one who weighs her food and looks up carbs and doesn’t say, “oh you already threw the frozen pizza box in the recycling? I’ll just eyeball it.”  The one who doesn’t eat frozen pizza, for g-d’s sake.  Who always always always tests before eating a snack. And who goes to the gym religiously, and checks her blood sugar mid workout and etc. etc. etc. 

Yes, for two weeks after the experience of having the blood glucose impact of every time I twitched in the direction of the candy aisle or took a bite without testing first recorded indeliably for all the world to see, I became the diabetic whose blog normally would make me cringe and turn my face away in shame.  And then… life happened.

I actually had an appt with Awesome Endo on Monday, right after we got back from Guatemala.  But I felt like crap – emotionally (duh) – and physically (our little boy already knows how to share! He shared his cold with me!) – and so I called and cancelled, pleading illness and expecting to be told that the next available appointment was in June by which time, of course, Perfect Diabetic would have been located somewhere inbetween the couch cushions or with the dustbunnies under the bed and restored to full functionality.

Howbout Friday? Asked Perky Receptionist.  Howbout it? Aside from a hair appt – flickr friends stay tuned for my exciting new colors – I didn’t have anything going on on Friday. Friday it was, damnit.

So when Awesome Endo asked me if I thought I knew what my A1C was, I steeled myself for the inevitable lecture, and said weakly… maybe around 8 (last visit was 7.5).  “What makes you think that?” he asked.  Well… I dunno, I just feel like my blood sugars haven’t been that great lately and… (I detect a hint of a twinkle in his eye).  Do you know what it is? Are you playing with me?

Yes. It was 6.5.  I don’t think I’ve had one that low since I turned thirteen. 

This disease, it just fucks with your head. 

I should be thrilled, but since I don’t feel like I brought this about in any concrete way, I also don’t feel like I deserve the credit for it.  Plus, since I don’t know why it happened this way, I feel like whatever good fairies were playing with the A1C machine today could just as quickly turn their backs on me next time. 

Still, 6.5.  For the first time in a long time, the diagnostic code he checked on the insurance form was 250.01: diabetes, type I, controlled, instead of 250.03: diabetes, type I, uncontrolled.  That felt pretty good.


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  1. Wow! Very nice. I’d love to see that number, but I guess I’d need to stop avoiding the doctor first…Congrats!

  2. Nice number. Who cares how you got it? Enjoy it!

  3. wow! great!

  4. Bask and savor.

  5. I am so happy for you.

    But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was jealous too! You hit the nail on the head, though, with “This disease, it just fucks with your head.”

    I’ve thought about the codes on the insurance form before, too. I haven’t looked closely at one for quite a while, but my cynical memory always told me that there wasn’t even a code for “diabetes, type I, controlled.” I am glad that there is one and that you’re there.

  6. WOW! I have NO idea what any of that means, but I think it’s good, and for that, i wish you a VERY warm and hearty Mazal Tov!

  7. C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S!

  8. You go Girl! 🙂

    I’ll be lucky if I’m in the 7s this go-’round… ugh! I’m jealous of your reading- keep up whatever you are doing 🙂

  9. You deserve it! Maybe it’s karmic?


  10. Awesome. Awesome! AWESOME!!

    Way to go!

  11. I have no idea what an A1C is – but GO GIRL! I admire anyone who manages their diabetes or any long-term condition really well. I see heaps of people who don’t even care at all about their BSL regulation but you consistently seem to be on top of it from what I’m reading. Even if you do occasionally eat frozen pizza! The occasional frozen pizza is nothing compared to people who smoke and drink lots of alcohol on top of their diabetes. And there’s lots of people that do it! You are doing fantastically and should feel proud of being really pro-active.

    Do you find that stress affects your levels very much? My friend was telling me last night that cortisol (the stress hormone) plays a big role in this stuff, but I don’t know whether that goes for type 1 or just type 2. I’m just interested because since I started testing my fasting and post-prandials because of the gestational diabetes I notice quite large fluctuations that aren’t neccesarily reflecting what I’ve eaten and I’m not sure whether my emotional state is playing a part. I’d love to hear the voice of experience’s opinion about the cortisol/BSL thing.

  12. I swear there is A LOT we do not understand about HbA1c tests. The docs thing they get them, but they don’t, that is for sure! SOooooo, let your self be happy. Your body is doing well and that is good. Be happy when you can! I have noticed so often that when you are like on a trip and cannot really do everything “right”, but are active and happy, your bg is in fact better, regardless of all the mistakes that occur. I think we MUST be happy! I think it is important. But tell me how to always remain happy please……

  13. Fantastic!!!

    The news just keeps getting better.

    Just sit back, smile, and enjoy it. 🙂

  14. I echo the karmic thing!

    Secret Blog Pal

  15. 6.5 – great!

  16. 1) can not WAIT to see the new hair!!!
    2) KICK ASS on the great #
    3) hope you are feeling better

  17. WTG! I can’t wait to see the new hair! I am really proud of you!

  18. You GO!

  19. Great news, it doesn’t matter too much how you got this, but that it was good, which is great news for you and pili and guatebaby. Well done!

  20. Well done!!! For whatever reason, as someone else said, bask in it.

    I loved your post. I also try and be Perfect Diabetic before going to see my Endo and reading your post, I realise I am pretty good. About 75% of the time (although I have never ever set my alarm to test in the middle of the night). I think you are doing great. When you read some of the Diabetic Information Sheets in doctor’s offices and diabetic mags, you wonder about some people’s control and general diabetic knowledge and you are obviously way ahead from the sounds of things.

    I hope things go well, and fast!, in Guatemala and you soon have Guatebaby with you two.

    I am so sorry about your cat, what a sad homecoming. It is awful losing a pet. I hope the rest of the week is gentle with you.

  21. That is great news!

  22. Well done on the 6.5!

    I need to go have another one soon, but I’ve just come back from holidays and my inner ‘super-diabetic’ stayed home – so I might wait until I find her again.

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