I’m open about diabetes…until I’m not (Dblog Week)

#DBlogWeek Post Number 2… can do pretty much anything even though I have diabetes and most of the time I talk about it. But there are somethings that I don’t share. Which brings me to today’s Diabetes Blog Week Topic, proposed by Scott, on the topics and aspects of diabetes that we keep to ourselves.

I’m so open about living with type 1 diabetes that I had to stop and really think about the things that I keep to myself.

There are a few things, but I think the more interesting conversation today is less of what I keep to myself and more why I keep it to myself. Continue reading

How I got (and kept) my A1C under 7

Before I say anything… if you read only one blog post today read this one on Mashable: Diabetes Is Already Psychologically Demanding, So Cut the Stigma Too. I’m proud to have been a part of it. Hopefully you’ll come back and read this post too.

Everyone’s diabetes is different and they way that they manage it has to be different. The following should not be taken as medical advice, and you should talk to your healthcare team about making changes to your diabetes care.

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 3 years now, and for the past 2 1/2 years I’ve been able to keep my A1C under 6.5%. It hasn’t been easy, but the hard work has been totally worth it.

For reference purposes, at diagnosis in the middle of August of 2011 my A1C was 11.9%, by the end of September of 2011 it was down to 8.3%. My A1C hit it’s lowest of 5.9% in February of 2012, but it wasn’t the best 5.9% it could be.  From August 2012 until now, I’ve been able to keep it steady between 6.1 and 6.3%. I keep saying “I” because the ins and outs of daily management are my responsibility, but a whole team of doctors and other healthcare professionals have been there for me and helped the process.

Here’s how I did it, and keep doing it (*spoiler alert* most of it has to do with attitude):

I got serious. And I did it right away.

The moment I was out of the woods after diagnosis, I started researching to understand the best that I could, what I needed to do. I followed all of my discharge instructions for taking insulin and how many carbs to eat per meal. Then I started looking at other options including insulin pumps and new doctors.

I ask for what I want and/or need. Continue reading

The Good. The Bad. The Stable.

I mentioned in my late post yesterday that I was all over the place yesterday for medical stuff. I’m sporting a nasty bruise in the crook of my elbow from my blood draw yesterday. Now I know why my arm wasn’t bleeding well for her yesterday, all the blood was pooling under my skin and not going into the tube!

I had zero desire to do anything afterward, my foot hurt from being twisted, pushed on and contorted for x-rays as well as all the walking. My arms and stomach were also sore from the events of the day. Needless to say, I took it easy yesterday and propped my foot up.

The Good

My x-ray was clean. No fractures and no spurs. So that’s good.

The other possible cause was determined to be gout. “I seriously don’t think I have gout,” I thought.  All the lab tests ordered to see if I had any indicators came back completely normal. I don’t have gout.

The Bad Continue reading

I wasn’t planning on sharing

I wasn’t planning on sharing my most recent a1c, but the other day I couldn’t help but tweet it out there.

Last week, I had a bunch of testing done and I was really curious about how my new OmniPod had affected that “magic number.”

A1C to average glucose {diabetes.org}

I received my test results when I wasn’t in a particularly good mood and some of them weren’t fantastic which had me pretty down. But that a1c was amazing. It was way lower than I had even expected hoped.

5.9!

I decided to tweet my 5.9 for several reasons: Continue reading