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Some Good News and Some Not-So-Good News…

The Good News

First, let’s start off with the good news. My A1C and lipid checkups were due this past week so I went and got the labs done. My A1C is now in range (6.2%), which is great news. It was 7.2% back in December, which was still pretty good given that I had been only been working on controlling my blood glucose for a month after being diagnosed in November (where my A1C had been a whopping 9.7%). The goal for diabetes is an A1C of less than 7%, so I’m doing ok for now.

In addition, we got my cholesterol levels tested as well and my numbers are much better than they were back in December. Also, my “good cholesterol” finally bumped up into a normal range and was not below 40 as it had usually been (which was way too low).

I have to say, I’m very happy with my results, but I’m not expecting them to be as good the next time around given that I have been putting some carbs back into my diet for about a month or so to a) put on some weight, b) get more stable blood sugars given that I had been running low due to the very low carb diet I had been doing for a while. And of course, more carbs in the diet=harder to control blood glucose. Some days I have good numbers and some days, well, not so good numbers. My numbers are still technically good, but they’re kind of in the higher range of good. I think the only reason my A1C was in range this time was because I had been running on a very low amount of carbs for the previous 2 months so the impact of re-introducing carbs into my diet for the past month probably won’t show up until the next time I have my A1C done.

The Not-so-Good News

Now for the not-so-good news…. My doctor ordered some genetic testing to determine if I was potentially a type 1 diabetic given that there were a few things in my case that have been a little bit atypical from the usual type 2 diabetes case. Well, the antibody test was positive, which indicates predisposition to type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders (frown). I’m not sure what this means yet, but I assume it means my diabetes will continue to progress at a faster rate than I expected, which is disappointing. I got a referral from my doctor to see an endocrinologist to discuss future implications, etc. I’m glad I did get the referral to an endocrinologist though given that I am sure my hormones have been extremely out of whack for a while due to the diabetes and other issues I have been experiencing for a while. We’ll see what happens.

At least there was some good news this week and it wasn’t all bad news, because that would have been depressing. 🙂 I’m a bit nervous about learning of the future implications of what my test result revealed, but it is definitely necessary to learn as much as I can about it as early as possible. I’ll try not to worry about it too much, but for me it’s always been difficult to not go into”catastrophizing” mode.

Speaking of catastrophizing, I had my first singing recital ever last Saturday. This was my first time ever singing in front of people. Boy, did my nerves get the better of me (as they usually do in any public speaking/etc situation, sigh). I felt the adrenaline rush just hit me mid-morning and therefore, I’m sure my blood glucose must have been running extremely high all day (it was certainly quite high after breakfast). And this was a pretty informal “working recital”, where there were only 3 of us students that sang, an accompanist, and the voice teacher (who worked with each of us for half an hour giving us feedback and working on improving certain parts after we sang the song the first time through). It was kind of a “public” lesson so we could all hear each other sing, work on nerves, and make note of any feedback that was given to the other students to improve our own singing. If I felt that nervous singing in front of 5 people only, I can’t imagine how nervous I would really be at the “big” annual recital, which would involve singing in front of 30 or more people. I worry that I would pass out, quite frankly, lol. I just really hate singing in public and don’t think I could possibly ever enjoy it. Instead of having a normal “stress” response, my body seems to interpret these type of public speaking/recital situations as “distress”, which is really unhealthy.

Ok, I know this last bit was not really related to diabetes, but I had to get it out of my system. Rant is over now. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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My recital piece: “Con los años que me quedan” (“With the Years I Have Left”) by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
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Hi all! This blog is a space to share my journey and day-to-day experiences with managing diabetes. Please note, I am not a doctor or nutritionist, just a patient that lives with the condition.

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