The other day I had my quarterly diabetes checkup with my endocrinologist. This is a type of doctor that specializes in diabetes and helps to make decisions on what type of insulin is needed and how much. My endo (for short) is a really great guy! He always loves to talk and shows a great interest in me and what I do. He knows I work at a liquor store and really love wine, so he always talks about wine with me. What is supposed to be a quick checkup and follow up can sometimes turn into half an hour of talking about wine, whisk(e)y, beer and stuff. I like that. I feel it is important when doctors show an interest in their patients. That they are not just “here I am, keep doing what you are doing.” Or, “change this, do that, have a great day.” It builds a great relation when they take time to interact with their patients. It shows that they care, and pay attention to us.
I visit this doctor about every four months. A week before, I get my blood test and any other test that were ordered. Usually I get an A1C test, which shows the amount of sugar in an average over a long period of time. A higher A1C is what helps diagnose diabetes, and after, is what helps dictate what treatment is need. My latest one was 6%, which is pretty good for someone with diabetes. It was 5.9% last time, and stayed at 5.8% for awhile. Considering I was at 13.8% when diagnosed and was in the hospital thinking I might die. I have truly turned it around.
There wasn’t much more that changed as far as my insulin intake. It just takes a little adjustment here and there, as with all treatments. Overall I am happy and my doctor is happy with how I maintaining. I am doing at the best most diabetics could be doing. Many would kill to get that 6% or lower. I have no complaints!
Not much more to report here, just wanted to share this with you all! Hope everyone is having a great day/night and as always, thank you for reading. Be safe and stay healthy!