Report on Latest Endo Appointment

StethoscopeI had my endo appointment on Friday of last week.

As many of you are aware, I’ve been pretty frustrated lately with my control (or lack of). My A1C accurately reflected that, coming in at 9.0. My last one was 9.3, so I guess it’s good that it’s coming down a little.

My thyroid levels were a bit high, so he backed my synthroid down a little. That situation is getting frustrating too, because for the last year or so we’ve been bouncing back and forth between a couple of doses, one making levels too high, the other making them too low. The doc said that high thyroid levels will tend to elevate blood sugars, so that offers a partial explanation for the highs.

All the other lab tests came back normal, so I am thankful for that.

He asked me if I thought that I needed any adjustments to my insulin, and I really don’t think it’s my doses that are causing my highs. It’s more behavior related. I’m always eating.

I don’t even give my blood sugar a chance to come down from my last meal before I’m back at it, shoveling something else into my mouth.

However, for me, these behavior issues are the hardest to change. We’ll see how it goes…

I’m going to try eating at more consistent times, and to lay off the snacking. I think that in addition to weight control, this will also give me a better, clearer picture of my BG’s and hopefully make any trends stand out a little more.

It’s hard to spot trends when eating at inconsistent times. All the software out there lumps your readings into pre-defined time periods (5am-9am = pre-breakfast, 9am-11am = post-breakfast, etc.). Well, if some days I’m eating my breakfast in the time that’s designated post-breakfast, that doesn’t give an accurate display in the software. This whole issue is tough with flexible therapy, because you have the freedom to eat when you want, not on an insulin specific schedule.

Diabetes is such an all-encompassing thing, it’s sometimes tough to make sense of when you have the rest of life moving on around you, whether you are with it or not!

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…