Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’m guessing that I was feeling subconsciously guilty because I didn’t do all the things I said I was going to do after my last visit with my endocrinologist.

Long story short, I am just very tired of dealing with diabetes. Poor excuse, I know. I honestly thought I had done better managing my BG the last 3 months, but, once again, it has crept up.

The news wasn’t all bad, though. My cholesterol is back to normal levels – YEA! The Crestor appears to be doing the job.

  • Hemoglobin A1C: 8.3% (was 7.9%) [4.8-5.6%]
  • Serum Glucose Fasting: 147 mg/dL (was 84 mg/dL) [65-99 mg/dL]
  • BUN: 16 mg/dL (was 14 mg/dL) [6-24 mg/dL]
  • Serum Creatinine: 0.74 mg/dL (was 0.69mg/dL) [0.57-1.00 mg/dL]
  • TSH: 2.090 uIU/mL (was 1.640 uIU/mL) [0.450-4.500 uIU/mL]
  • Total Cholesterol: 185 mg/dL (was 243 mg/dL) [100-199 mg/dL]
  • Triglycerides: 133 mg/dL (was 220 mg/dL)  [0-149 mg/dL]
  • LDL Cholesterol: 92 mg/dL (was 162 mg/dL) [0-99 mg/dL]

This time, 7 of the big 8 were in range. (Three months ago, it was 5 of 8; 6 months ago, it was 3 of 8). So the trend is definitely heading in the right direction.

My doctor had a very frank talk with me, and said that I am getting enough insulin – that I don’t need to increase my basal rate or my carb ratio. (Which was her diplomatic way of saying that I need to eat better and exercise more).  I knew that, but I didn’t want to face that. But it’s time to.

So here are my goals for the next 3 months:

  • Use my pedometer and walk more. She recommended getting 10,000 steps a day, regardless of how or when I get it. It doesn’t all have to be at one time during the day.
  • Eat better, portion wise and diabetes wise. Less carbs (duh!), leaner proteins, lots more vegetables. (I’m not a fruit fan, so we won’t even make those promises). Nothing I didn’t already know, but I take the easy (comforting) way out too often.
  • Use my CGM more. (I tend to test my BG more often during the days I am wearing my CGM, which will only help me manage everything better).
  • Blog more often so that I have accountability.

If I achieve all of these goals – even just most of the time – I believe my BG and A1C will reflect that, and I should even lose some weight (always a perk). And wouldn’t it be nice to go back in 3 months and have 9 of the 9 in range?

So…deep breaths, game face on, let’s do it!

Wish me luck.

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2 thoughts on “Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda.

  1. You can do it Kim. Make good choices each day, if you stumble get yourself back up and climb back on the bandwagon. We are all here for you if you need support. For me, i need to get my A1C back in range or my doc is gonna put me on insulin.

  2. Thank you so much, Mike! I really appreciate it. Ditto for you – any time you need someone to talk to about this, I’ve been dealing with it since I was 23 – not very long after Tech!

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