Latest A1C results.

Melissa Dawn
By Melissa Dawn Latest Reply 2013-07-08 06:12:34 -0500
Started 2009-08-04 13:03:43 -0500

Hello! I have just gone in for my latest doctors appointment and got the results of my blood test last week. My latest A1c was a 6.7 — a new all time low. Up to date, the best I'd ever had was a 7.1.

So, here's what I think was different this last time around:

1. Insulin Pump
Without a doubt, being on an insulin pump for 2 years now has helped me have better control than ever. I do have to adjust it from time to time, but I feel competent enough to do that on my own now.

2. Special Diabetic Vitamins
I found this pill pack of vitamins designed for diabetics. Amongst the mixture are various products for stabilizing your metabolism. I really think they've made a difference. I've been using them for about 3 months and notice that my numbers are less consistent on the days I forget to take them.

3. Faith and Prayers
Yeah, gotta say this one always helps.

Anyway, so that's the latest and greatest. My husband and I want to start gearing up for having a baby in the next year or so (getting pregnant in the next year or so, baby comes 9 months after). We talked to the doctor about how to prepare and he said if I continue to do this well it will go a long way in helping the pregnancy go easier.

Any woman here with Type 1 diabetes who have already had children have things they learned when they were pregnant? I'd love to hear.

That's all folks!

20 replies

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-08-08 06:59:41 -0500 Report

This is great news. If you put your mind to it like you did with all that hard work it pays off. Congratulations!!

Crashnot 2009-08-06 10:07:24 -0500 Report

Hi Melissa,
Congrats! I've been on the pump since February, but still having problems getting my sugars stabilized. My new Medtronics pump seems to be helping though, and waiting to get trained on the CGM in two weeks will be exciting.
I've been diabetic since I was 11 months old, and started to have nerve problems two years ago. So I went on a vitamin program prescribed by Dr. Julian Whitaker, is that the vitamin set you're taking? It's made a huge difference and my feet are almost completely improved.

I have had two children now, very healthy and dynamic! My control while I was pregnant was the tightest it's ever been, and all went well. My fingertips were a bit sore from constant testing, but they're better now too.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-06 10:21:04 -0500 Report

Speaking of sore fingers, there has been an issue of whether to use alcohol on cotton balls before sticking your finger—-I had been using the alcohol for almost 3 years, heard that others didn't bother, so I quit too, for about 2 weeks—AND my fingers started getting sore, where before , they had not.

So I am now back to using the alcohol before I stick and my fingrs feel FINE!! So, for ME, I will do the alcohol cotton balls first. To each his own, if it makes your fingers tougher, guess that is what I need. To each his own, what works for one, may not another!! Best wishes! PR

Crashnot 2009-08-07 07:19:06 -0500 Report

Alcohol? In 25 years of pricking my fingers, nobody at three clinics has ever suggested that! In fact I quit using alcohol wipes as a teen because they caused my dry skin to crack open. So I don't use them now for inserting my canula's either. No problems with infection at anytime. But that's interesting they keep your fingers from getting sore!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-07 09:11:33 -0500 Report

Hmmm, more food for thought!! You don't even use alcohol swabs on anything and nO infection?! I worked in a hopital for 30 years, and alcohol swipes were used for everything so thought it was a "have to"—-Men shut your eyes, but when I was nursing my babies, the Dr. (or was it my mother-in-law—?) told me to cleanse my nipples with alcohol as it made them tougher and they got less sore—-worked—-kinda—someimtes it was— ouch—

I work outside in the garden a lot so thought that would make them tough, then I am dark-skinned too, but still it takes the alcohol to take away the sting of a prick.

Times do change—-when I cut the top of my knuckle on washing the inside of a glass, the Dr told me to pour peroxide over it to keep it from getting sore, I did, had 7 mattress stitches in it, and it never got sore. BUT recently we were told, when my hubby got his finger caught in a saw, to NOT use peroxide, it destroys the new, growing flesh—-but I swore by it when I was fighting those Stinging Nettles in my hands and arms, and it was one of the few things that helped=so guess it is just up to the individual. But it works for me. thanks—-PR

Crashnot 2009-08-07 12:55:15 -0500 Report

The comment the nurse made to me when she told me to quit using the swabs was that it would take about 15 minutes of scrubbing to truly disinfect the injection site anyway. So if I was relatively clean, as I would be if wearing clothes all day, go ahead and inject. If there was any concern, a good wash with soap and water would be sufficient. Has worked fine! I was about 14 or 15 then and am 42 now.

Crashnot 2009-08-07 12:56:28 -0500 Report

heheh, according to my herbal medicine book, the best treatment for stinging nettles is mashed stinging nettle leaf! I've managed to avoid them in the back pasture so far and haven't had a reason to try it ;-)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-07 14:00:21 -0500 Report

Oh, Boy!! Do NOT!! ha—-I can laugh NOW—BUT that was one trial I hope to NEVER endure again!!!! The worst part was that no Dr, BELIEVED ME!!!! I had heard of others just brushing through them and the agony of itching and burning that they had to endure as nothing helped! But when I PULLED them and PRESSED them into my arms to carry them back to the trash barrel!! wow-

Yeah, later a friend of mine ran across an article where you could COOK the Nettles ANd EAT THEM OR MAKE A TEA!!! NOT THIS GAL! haha—We still have a few scattered in our yard, but I do NOT pull or spade them without gloves!! I also did NOT have on a long sleeved shirt—-and my arms looked atrocious, swelled up real big, fiery red with yellow pussy pockets all over from my finer tips up to my elbows! NEVER AGAIN!!

Thanks for your own concept as to the sterile technique NOT needed for a stick, our daughter in law just had notice that she really had to watch it now, hers is more erratic than mine—it runs in both sides of her family—so—-She is a savvy, buisness woman and her Dr sent her to a diabetic clinic—I WAS TOLD NOTHING so have just been flying in the "dark" gleaning info from others on this site. And she just took hers when we were shopping in a Home Depot store, and we had been touching all sorts of things—-she has to check 4 X a day, said she just takes her kit into the conference room, and when her phone rings—"it is time"—she just checks it right there and I know that that can not be a sterile envioronment, so that is good to know!!!

I think I have decided to go ahead and use alcohol swabs, if not for the sterilization part, for the soreness prevention.

Thanks so much for all of your input as I continue to struggle along, and am gaining on my knoweldge! Thanks!! Pr

Crashnot 2009-08-07 15:17:22 -0500 Report

Oh my, why hasn't your doctor referred you to an education program? If you're in a rural area, he or she should be aware of clinics in the city where you can go for a one to multi-day session to teach you what you need to know about diet, exercise and monitoring. That's scary! It's great you're here though looking for help. Are you type 1 or 2? I am type 1 and test 8-10 times a day as I can really fluctuate to extremes. My fingers have such thick calluses it's hard to get the pricker through them! But no soreness.

Anngelia 2009-08-05 16:04:23 -0500 Report

Melissa, I too am very happy for you. I got my latest A1c results from my doctor yesterday and I have been bouncing off the walls. My A1c is now down to 6.1. That is the best I have ever done. Over the last year I have been trying to make changes very slowly and keep up with them to make them new habits and they seem to be making a difference. I was always right at 7.0 or 7.1 so to be at 6.1 now is a dream come true. My last test before this one was 6.5 so I dont think it was a fluke that this one came in at 6.1

I think what has helped me more than anything is keeping a log of all bg readings and all food intake. I found a chart in the pumping insulin book and created my own copy and that has made a big difference for me.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-05 18:20:04 -0500 Report

Sounds lkike a great plan, Annegla—that is what I am finally coming to terms with. A little at a time to help form better habits to where I don't think that much about it, even when I dine out. I just check what is available, try to decide the best course, then because I HAVE CHOSEN to eat such, it is becoming easier, and i too, am finding more consistant, lower numbers instead of bouncing all over the place!! I get my own AIC checked this month so am hoping that my new, better habits will reflect my better food choices.

Also, Our Wellness Center is tempoarily meeting in our Municipal Bldg with plans to meet at a later date, in one of our banks big rooms reserved for parties and meetings. Not sure how they will balance their activities, but I will do my part by showing up!! Best Wishes!!PR

Avera 2009-08-04 22:03:45 -0500 Report

It is wonderful to hear some good news!! This shows how hard you also have worked to find the right combination of things to achieve this result. Thanks for sharing!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-04 21:54:40 -0500 Report

I am happy for you, Melissa, that you are positive enough to try and have a baby. I had no problems, but I have heard of some that got along fine. My neice got Type 1, AFTER she had her 3rd child, is on Insulin, is now 50 and doing great. She does tire easily but her place of employment, work with her and let her come into work about 10am. So, good communication with your Dr and family, you should do fine!! And then, We are also here for you as kind support is always a PLUS!! Good Luck!! PR

hbkunkel 2009-08-04 13:41:17 -0500 Report

Congratulations. I am working very hard to get my A1C down also and I know how hard it is so give yourself a good pat on the back. Good luck with getting pregnant and keep an open dialogue with your doctor alsong the way.

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