That’s the way I’ve looked at this battle with diabetes. Though I have had it for years, it’s always been an ongoing battle of ups and downs.
My numbers get good. Then I slack, they get a bit worse. Rinse, repeat.
My three-month checkup was this month and I had to get a blood test. Of course I wasn’t so happy about that because I feared the worse.
Baby steps apparently are working.
I’m down just shy of 10 pounds and my A1C went down nearly a full point. That’s good. I’m still not where I need to be, but things are improving. What is good is I am seeing results from changes I am trying to make. While I am not perfect in this department by any means, it’s something I know I am getting better at.
Now then, I still have work to do. And with so many baseball trips coming up this summer, I have to keep working at it. I have to watch what I eat at ballparks. I need to make sure I get out and walk still, even if it’s around the park. Many parks have full concourses so you can see the game while you wander around. That’s a good thing. I’ve started eating better at games, though hot dogs are usually hard to avoid, especially if I have never been to a field before and need to try the dogs!
I’m still figuring things out and what certain foods and such do to my system. I’m also still trying to understand why things happen as they do.
Take for example this one:
My morning readings are usually higher. So about a week or so ago, I got up … checked my numbers and thought “that is better than it’s been for the most part recently.”
Then I had breakfast and headed out for a geocaching event – one that required a bit of hiking. So I hiked out to the event. Then hiked back. After that, I headed home, stopped at the hospital to get my blood work done and then was all set.
Now, I realize I had eaten only a couple of hours before that (it wasn’t fasting blood work), but I didn’t expect my numbers to jump like 35 points over the course of that morning – especially with the exercise!
Alas, the reality is, I’m still figuring things out. As my primary as well as the diabetes educator I go to said – it’s possible that I ended up going lower and my body pumped insulin in me to keep be in a good spot, which in turn makes it go up etc.
So what to do here? Well, for one, I should probably bring something to snack on with me. That way, if I’m doing the walking and such and I am going to be without eating for a while, it’s probably best to feed myself something to keep things in a good area. The more I think about it, I do usually have a mid-morning snack, so it would make sense to do it even on a weekend hike.
In the end, I am still learning. Still figuring out what is happening to me when I do certain things. And I am still working to keep myself better as much as possible.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad month and it was a good checkup. I had been going every three months, but my primary pushed it to four months this time. Hopefully, it will work out and my numbers will keep going down!