Last Thursday, I had my own personal judgement day – my endocrinologist appointment. After 3 months of 4-5 times a day finger sticking, pre-meal boluses, a drastically changed diet and a few more things thrown in for good measure, I was feeling pretty good about this visit.
I was still a little nervous, though. Deep breaths.
When my doctor knocked and entered the examination room, I took another deep breath. She looked at me, smiled and said “What have you done?”
I thought to myself “Oh no!” and then she handed me the paperwork that showed this:
- Hemoglobin A1C: 6.9% (was 8.6%) [4.8-5.6%]
- Serum Glucose Fasting: 73 mg/dL (was 229 mg/dL) [65-99 mg/dL]
- BUN: 15mg/dL (was 17 mg/dL) [6-24 mg/dL]
- Serum Creatinine: 0.70 mg/dL (was 0.83 mg/dL) [0.57-1.00 mg/dL]
- TSH: 1.270uIU/mL (was 1.880 uIU/mL) [0.450-4.500 uIU/mL]
- Total Cholesterol: 178 mg/dL (was 170 mg/dL) [100-199 mg/dL]
- Triglycerides: 126 mg/dL (was 240 mg/dL) [0-149 mg/dL]
- LDL Cholesterol: 90 mg/dL (was 70 mg/dL) [0-99 mg/dL]
That’s 8 out of 8, all in the desired ranges. (And lest you question the A1C, for diabetics, they want it to be <7.0%). I haven’t seen an A1C in the 6’s – and even the 7’s – in a long, long time.
That is a HUGE drop in my A1C in just 3 months, from an average BG of around 200 to 150. That is very significant and very hard to do (A1C can often lag).
And my triglycerides went down almost 50%, too!
What’s more, my liver function tests – which were out of whack last time – were also back in the normal range.
I think I deserve a pat on the back.
Needless to say, this news made both me and my doctor very, very happy. It was so nice not to be scolded (even though she does it very nicely) and to talk about positive things instead – like how the changes I’ve made are working, low-carb recipes for Thanksgiving, participating in the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes and more.
As I left her office – and even now, a few days later – I am still walking on sunshine. And it feels good!