Today I had follow-up with my endocrinologist about my latest lab work, and it was a super happy day. I’d already seen my results – the lab lets me know as soon as they are available – but I was excited and eager to know what the doctor would say.
He was delighted and impressed! I went from an A1c (3 months average blood sugar) of 11.4 in May to 9.2 in August to 6.1 at the end of October. To put this into context, normal is generally considered > 5.7, although both my regular doctor and my endocrinologist say they are estastic when their patients get to 6.
My sessions with J and the consistent exercise is finally showing genuine results. He had reduced the amount of insulin I am injecting a few months ago, but today he decided to take me off of it completely. As he stated it, he believes I can maintain this level of good results with my ongoing diet and exercise efforts, and he’s willing to let me give it a try for the next 3 months. We can review and evaluate the situation in February at my next appointment.
I burst into tears when he said that. Seriously, I never thought it would get the point where he would completely remove that from my daily medication cocktail. I still have to test before meals and before bed, but I think taking this medication out of the equation should eliminate the majority of my low blood sugar events.
What I have learned in the last 3 months of training and daily exercise is that this is not a short-term solution to resolve a chronic health condition. Going forward, exercise has to be incorporated so it is common and as natural as brushing my teeth, even if I don’t love it. I don’t especially love brushing my teeth either, but it’s far better than root canals or extractions.
Next is healthier eating. Stress eating, celebratory eating, boredom eating, sugar-carb-junk-craving eating – I have been guilty of all those things and probably more. I have done some work in this area, but it has not been a consistent effort like what I have put forth with the training and the exercise. Part of me thinks this is a battle to be waged after the holidays, but the realistic, practical rest of me knows there is no time like the present. The longer I delay, the more difficult it becomes. So I will be getting meal plans together and restarting MyFitnessPal food diarying. I hate doing it, but long-term success is going to mean getting over my aversion to it. Suck it up, Buttercup, and just do it.
Still, it’s a super happy day for me. I am still diabetic, but I am a well-controlled diabetic … and now one who is well-controlled without injecting insulin 3 times daily.