Thursday, 16 May 2013

HbA1c 2

Well, it's been a while.

I've been that busy with work and a so called social life that I've neglected this little corner of the internet for some time. I've been attempting to write a few new posts for a long time now but I haven't managed to get any of them finished, and seeing as any mood changes directly lead to any typing done, most of them get scrapped or left until I'm in the mood. Anyway, I digress...

Any of you who may have read my very early posts will have read one about a HbA1c test result. This result is, I think, quite important to diabetics, though probably more important to some than others. My first one went relatively well considering that it was my first test at 'how I'd been managing it' since I was diagnosed only 2 months prior.

I got the letter a few weeks ago reminding me of my next appointment. I was by no means pleased at this reminder, not at all. I've been somewhat stressed over the last month or so and haven't been looking after myself as well as I should (even the running has taken a hit) and with Christmas, and all the care free binging that it brings, having been and gone, a second test and result wasn't exactly something to look forward to.

But I went in anyway, attempted to play it cool (something I'm not famous for) and sat patiently (impatiently) for my consultant to get all the niceties out of the way and just give me a number, any number. I didn't have my blood sugar diary with me (having not filled it in since early January I thought it might be a little embarrassing) so my meter was checked instead. I was hoping that she wouldn't notice that there aren't any bg checks before 1pm (I don't eat breakfast and I usually feel fine) and that I probably don't monitor myself as much as I should.

Anyway she eventually gave me my result.


Now considering that my last result was 59, I thought that I'd either done quite well, or that I'd completely messed it up. My consultant told me that it was a great result, albeit still in the honeymoon period. The number converts to a percentage of 5.7% which is, considering my recent recklessness, pretty surprising and pleasing (to a certain degree).

My next appointment is sometime in November, so we'll see how things go from here. I'm back in the mood now for typing, so watch out for a more regular stream of posts!


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