Day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week’s topic is this: “Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!”
Yesterday I started my post with the notion that I do everything related to diabetes spectacularly. Then I went on to say let’s get serious. Which seems like the perfect intro to today’s topic!
The main thing I would like to improve in regard to my diabetes management is my A1c. My A1c’s growing up were always high by today’s standards. (I’ll chalk that up to a few reasons why but not what I want to get into now) Then some years ago, when my effort to manage my blood sugars was enhanced if you will, there was an improvement in my A1c levels. But not as much as I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not terrible. And I’m glad that it has at least been stable for the past 2+ years. But I cannot seem to get under that 7% mark. And it’s tremendously frustrating.
With that being said, there are numerous things I can probably improve upon to possibly get that A1c improvement. But for today’s topic I need to pick one. Hmm. This is actually a tough one. I’d have to say logging is my biggest diabetes “failure”. The only time I log anything is to write down what I eat and activities for a few days prior to my CDE appointements. That’s about four times a year. I never download my Dexcom data. My CDE does this at my appointments with her. The only time I download my meter readings is to print them out for my endo appointment. On a day to day basis, I monitor my BG regularly and meticulously. However on a big picture basis, I suck bigtime. Granted I’ll notice if I’m say running high at nighttime and adjust my basal accordingly but only if it’s enough to stick out. Like recently. There are most likely other patterns to be spotted if I actually took a look more often at the bigger picture.
Now that I’ve made a public confession of something I need to improve, I feel like the worst diabetes patient ever. I better get working on that……………
4 thoughts on “One Thing to Improve.”
i hope you can read more blogs today to help rid you of the feeling you’re the worst ever. we’re all just trying to do our best and hopefully this exercise in sharing will help us do better.
i originally planned to blog about my need to keep better logs as well, but since it’s my 12 yo daughter with the D, my husband gently suggested that would be difficult since i’d have to bug her to do it for the times she was away from me. so i chose something i was more in control of. which is to say, you’re not alone in wanting to do better on logging! good luck!
How are the OmniPod reports? Since Diasend is so very Mac compatible, I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten better at downloads. Although my endo and I had to reach a compromise about what I would do with the values when I test on the Verio. Now I just need to get Dexcom on the Mac compatible team!
One step at a time. I find logging in any way helps. I always seem to do it in a new way, although I’ve recently been using a Numbers template I made on my iPad that I will go back to because I like the chart. I haven’t been able to take advantage of OP or DexCom reporting bc of the whole Mac issue. But every once in a while I do connect Dex to a PC and I love that data. Enough about me – you are doing great. Today’s a hard topic to comment on. We all have stuff we could do better but it doesn’t mean we aren’t otherwise doing a great job. 🙂
Be my logging buddy!