Friday, February 11, 2011

Diabetes and me

For those who may or may not know, I was diagnosed with diabetes on June 24, 2010.  It was pretty shocking. My A1C, which is what measures how well your blood handles sugar was high.  In fact, high might not even describe it.  A non-diabetic should have an A1C under 6.0 or so.  Mine was 13.9.  For most charts I saw that was not even an option.  Now to put that in perspective, the first Endocrinologist appointment I went to, they tested my blood.  I had drank a 12 oz Coke about an hour prior to that.  My glucose level was 424.  That is pretty high.

I have since been on medicine.  In fact, I actually took insulin shots for a few weeks.  In September my A1C had dropped to 6.5 and by my last doctor visit in February it was at 6.0.  Now, that is a good change.  I have been pleased with the results.  I would love to get it a little lower.  The "fun" part of this is the amount of sugar and carbs I can have in in sitting.  In general is it around 60-70 per meal.  I have learned what certain foods do to my blood so I do make adjustments.  All in all, the journey is going well.  It has been tough.  It has been stressful.  I feel much better about things now.

As time goes back, I want to get to the place where maybe I do not have to take medicine.  I am now down to 1 pill once a day.  I am taking actosplusmet, which is a combo drug of actos and metforman.  I am also looking forward to the day when my body is bask to operating completely normal.  I still have some issues that I am dealing with, all related to diabetes, but I am prayerful that things will be getting better.

Well, that's all for now.