As I start to plan out being a bit better about the blog, I realized I hadn’t run one of these since November – and before my last blood test.
Shame on me!
If you recall from last time, my A1C (long-term blood sugars) had gone up a bit dramatically. I got spooked with the talk of insulin and realized I had been a bit aloof about the whole situation.
In fact, the last time I posted about this, I gave myself a bit of a plan of action. Thus far, it seems to be working.
Let’s recap where I went in 2019. My A1C in January of last year was pretty good. I was trending in the right direction and seemed to be doing things the right way.
I got into the Freestyle Libre, which when I wore it and it stayed on my arm, was awesome. I could check my readings a lot. But, when it popped out or one ended, I tended to lax.
And when that happens, that means I’m not checking and “think” I know what I am doing.
So the next two blood tests didn’t go as well as the first – my numbers went up 1.6 points at the May appointment, and another point in August.
Needless to say, my primary wasn’t pleased. I went to work on it and started keeping track of things a lot better. When November came around and it was time for my blood test, I was cautiously optimistic.
It’s dropped 1.1 points.
Am I where I need to be? Not yet. But I’m getting there.
The next thing my primary though was… what are my thoughts on injectables. Not insulin, but the long-range medicines. He wasn’t telling me I had to do it, but to think about it.
I talked to the diabetes educator I see and she thought it would be worth thinking about. By doing this, one of my other medicines would become a lower dose with the possibilities of it being taken away.
Over the next month, I did a lot of research on the main players. In the end, it seemed Ozempic would be a good match for me. In the end, I decided to give it a go.
For four weeks, I’ve used this. It seems like it is helping my daily sugars, mixed in with the exercise and everything else I am doing. I still have a ways to go, but I seem to be trending in the right direction once again. I’ll expand on this medicine and my thoughts in February’s post.
Some things have been harder than others, but everything is working well. I’m doing walks on a regular basis and trying to get myself feeling better overall. I push myself and I watch things. I sometimes still get higher readings and it’s frustrating because I can’t always pinpoint why it’s happening. My other issue is the morning and trying to figure out how to get it all to work well, especially mixing in a morning walk.
In time, I am sure.
I’ve changed some habits and am being much more cognizant about everything I am doing. I just have to stick with it.
My other goal here is to stay more on top of this feature on the blog. I found in the past when I was doing this monthly, it allowed me to reflect and look to what was working and what wasn’t. In the coming months, I’ll have a range of topics to cover, as well as the personal updates.
I realize some of my other past goals, namely a food journal, haven’t been going as planned. That is still on my radar, but I’m trying to figure the best way for me to pull it off.
It’s an endless fight and it’s one I will keep at because it’s the only thing I can do.