Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Is Diabetes a Scapegoat?

Some days I want to scream "not everything I'm feeling is related to diabetes!!!" 
 and before you ask, no, my blood sugar isn't low 

Does diabetes impact how I feel? 

Does diabetes impact my moods?

Does every headache have to mean low or high blood sugar?

Does being very thirsty mean I have high blood sugar?

This is along the sames lines as doctors saying "diabetics are prone to..."  when they have no explanation for why you are sick.  

Are we giving diabetes too much credit?

There are a lot of twists and turns and variables and can impact just about everything.  
But please, do not assume  if I'm hungry, grumpy, tired, agitated that "its the diabetes."  Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't.  I do check my blood sugar, and wear a CGM and 99% of the time in tune with what's going on. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Goodbye MTM

I cried when I learned that Mary Tyler Moore passed away today.  
I'm not normally the type to cry with the news of someone famous passing, but this time I did, and I've had a heavy heart all day.  

When you meet, or read about another person with type 1 diabetes you feel an instant kinship.  You know at some point you've dealt with the same low blood sugar, high blood sugar, silly thing people say, issues with health care professionals, and so on, and I felt that connection with Mary Tyler Moore despite having never met her.  I watched her on tv, heard her speak, and read her book  Growing Up Again.

I cried for the battle she fought.
I cried for the others with T1D who lost their fight.
I cried for the loss of life.

And then I pulled myself together and looked into how else I can get involved with the diabetes community and make a difference today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Goodnight MTM.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More than my A1C

I know I am more than my A1C.  

I know that my total health is important, and that trying to keep highs and lows at a minimum is important.  

But today's A1C result was 5.9 and I have to say I am damn  proud of that number. 

5.9 is my lowest A1C in my 40 something year career with type 1 diabetes.
My endocrinologist  commented that my diabetes is in "tight control" which is also something I haven't heard before.

My goal was not to get my A1C below 6.  My goal was and remains  to keep it between 6-6.5 where it's been for a number of years, thanks to my continuous glucose monitor.

For the most part I have always done a pre-bolus.  I've figured out how to use different bolus options for pizza and Chinese, which I wrote about a few weeks ago:   
You Can't Eat That, or Can You?  The only thing I changed in the last few months has been when my CGM alerts on high.  I set that to 180 so if I do need to take a correction bolus, it can get going before my blood sugar gets too high for my liking.  
So, while I know I am more than my A1C, I still celebrate this small victory! #itsthelittlethings