Actually, playing with a doctor. I haven’t seen one in something over a year and a half — about the time I quit working at Target and lost my benefits (which I would have lost about three months later if I had stayed), but there are a few things that have come up that make it worth while to pay out-of-pocket for an office visit.
One of the things I know he’s going to want to talk about is my blood sugar levels.
Anyhow, these little tests are cool because you can do them at home, they cost about $20 (much cheaper than an office visit, let alone paying the lab for the blood draw and their test), and they take a large (compared to what my glucometer takes) drop of blood (as opposed to a small vial of blood for the lab test). Oh, and it gives you results in 8 minutes, rather than waiting a day or so to get it through the lab. I did my first one about six weeks ago, and was planning on doing one every other month until I’m getting in the good range, and then every three to four months after that. Six weeks ago, it came in at 8.0% — not good, but not terrible. When I bought this one, the cashier asked if the tests worked, and mentioned that she was trying to get hers down to 7%, because her last one was 11% (she’s on an insulin pump now).
Today’s test, the one I’m taking to the doctor tomorrow morning, was 7.1%. Not the greatest reading I’ve had, and I do hope to bring it down some more, but there’s a really cool thing about getting this reading — I’ve been making changes to my lifestyle that have not been paranoid about my carb intake nor obsessive about exercise, and have managed to bring me this far. I’m at a level with both diet and exercise that I can sustain for a long time, and continue to make slow incremental progress on. The times I’ve brought it down before have used more extreme changes to diet and exercise that I’ve not been able to sustain (like the time I couldn’t stand to look at salad again for a period of months).
My marathon training is coming along well.
Anyhow, was really pleased with that A1C level and wanted to talk about it to somebody, and I picked y’all.