It’s been a hectic few days for me. My home area was hit with a tornado last Thursday evening, leaving us without power for three days. Joe and I spent the weekend looking after my niece + nephew which was the best time ever, but if you’re not used to having children in your care, it’s exhausting 🙂 Then the anticipated visit with my new endocrinologist this afternoon.
I was seeing my old endo for about 10 -11 years. She’s the first “adult” endo I saw ever. My diabetes management has changed so much for the better since I first started going to her and she saw me through it all. She knew me. We worked well together. When I found out Dr. R was leaving the practice I was very upset. She moved to another practice in a different borough so it wasn’t too practical to follow her. Plus I have a good relationship that I’ve built over the years with the office staff and educators. I decided to stick with the practice and see her replacement. My first appointment was today. I was so freakin nervous to meet this new doctor. I had no idea what to expect. But overall the visit went well. I had to keep reminding myself that this new doctor doesn’t know me, she doesn’t know my history and has different practices than what I’m used to. That being said, my a1c was 6.9 which is around what I was expecting based on my 9o day Dexcom average of 139. (My meter averages were 112-125 but that just goes to show what you don’t see when not testing) When I was brought to the lab to get a flu shot, but not blood work (strange no?) I looked at the paper she gave me with the diagnosis codes. And I couldn’t believe my eyes:
I think that is the first time I’ve ever been “classified” as a person with controlled type 1 diabetes! I don’t know the criteria for using the different categories but this was a first. And one that made me grin. But then I started to think what does controlled really mean? Sure my a1c has improved but do I still have high and low blood glucose readings? Hell yeah. One of the definitions of control in the dictionary is power to direct or determine. Do I necessarily feel like I have the power to direct or determine my bg? I certainly wouldn’t say so. Sometimes maybe but most of the time not. I guess I’m doing some things right since my status has changed and I will continue to do what I’m doing. But what I’d love to know is type 1 diabetes really controllable by the definition of the word?