Before last week, my last A1c was a 5.3, taken just at the end of my pregnancy last year. So after almost a year and a half I was definitely due for the A1c test again. I know diabetics are supposed to get it done more frequent than that but, I have had a busy year with my twins and feel I don’t absolutely require an A1c telling me what my blood sugars are…my meter does that pretty well. And since I test a lot, I have a good idea what my A1c is before getting back the results.
Last week I went to the doctor, a new one I thought I’d try out. This new doc pretty much let every diabetes stereotype and “no no” slip from his mouth. For example, he refers to patients not doing well with their diabetes management as his “bad patients”, and he says that “technically, you should only be testing 4 times a day”. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself and wonder what he meant by “technically”. I found it ironic that I, according to my A1c would probably be considered a good patient and yet at the same time, by the number of blood sugar tests I do, maybe be considered a bad patient, too? Why do so many doctors not understand that my testing directly correlates to my A1c and successful diabetes management?
My A1c was once again a 5.3. I had estimated it to be between 5 and 5.5 and I am pleased to be pretty close.
Please don’t feel I’m trying to sway you away from getting an A1c done. I typically get two a year because it is a handy tool and a good back up to the meter (what if it’s off?). I just like making the point about how important testing is, how it hides no secrets, and how testing during off times like the middle of the night can do wonders to troubleshoot ways to improve blood sugar levels.
One quick question. When you get back great lab results, do you get congratulated? All I got was a “All your labs are ok.”