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Drumroll please - A1C during my MDI experiment are in!

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 14:26
  • Drumroll please - A1C during my MDI experiment are in!

    I decided back in April to take a break from pumping and last week when I had my A1C (3 month average of blood sugars) done by the vampire nurse – I wasn’t sure how I would be fair.  With the month of June being overwhelming with hormonal issues due to menopause (la, la, la, men do not want to read this … to bad … I’m in a bitchy mood today … ONLY KIDDING … sort of - due to gaining weight since my last visit - urhhh).

    Drumroll … 5.9% (last April it was 6%).  I've proven to myself that I can maintain good diabetes control with the "poor man's pump" (I average about 6 injections a day).  I’m pretty surprised with the A1C – since it’s not based on low blood sugars as I’ve been opposite with fighting highs with menopause. 

    The question now revolving around in my mind (and my endocrinologist) – do I go back to the pump? We had a big discussion about this (sorry for the folks in the waiting room).  I think you know his answer. 

    For myself, to help you understand my burning decision is by putting this in American terminology for medical insurance jargon that you talk about  – my co-pay for the pump was $1,800 and I purchased the pump back in February 2008.  That’s a chunk of cha ching that could have gone for a new set of tires for my motorcycle or better yet healthy groceries.  Along with the supplies, it can add up for those of us who don't have a great insurance deal or one at all.  Things I think some people who are considering going onto a pump need to consider.

    I’ve had a few issues with MDI (multiple dosage injecting) which I've voiced in a few of the social diabetic forums I belong in – but I’ll keep you pondering until the next time I write and you can weigh the pros/cons along with me.

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  • By: Kelly59: Jul, 14, 2010 18:12 PM

    Congratulations Anna!  I will be anxious to hear your decision about whether or not to go back to the pump.  But you know I will be disappointed if you stick to MDI!  All these years it took m to finally get a pump & the moment I decide I am ready, you jump ship.  I logged in here today expecting to see a different story, so now you really have me pondering for awhile.  Did I ever tell you that when I read a book, I like to read the first chapter to get a feel for the characters, then read the ending next before reading the rest of the book because I don’t like to wait to find out what happens.  Bloggers don’t let me do that!

    By: : Jul, 13, 2010 11:50 AM
    Way to go, Anna! AWEsome! Always makes it seem worthwhile when we see those lower results, particularly after doing something we aren't sure about. My three-month visit in June showed a whole percentage point drop from 8.7 to 7.7 (way still high, I know) after my nearly three-month pump hiatus. MDI seems to be working. So we decided to stay off my pump through the summer, and I'll go back on the pump at end of August. I really miss it, but the MDI is working! Good luck on your end in keeping in up and having continued success for however long you do the MDI track!

    By: FatCatAnna: Jul, 12, 2010 18:26 PM
    Hey AmariT - you've got me thinking here - I've always been slightly anal about doing the job myself - so we're much the same.  When I was given the role of supervisor - and trying to get the work done by the small staff I had - in the end - I often was doing the jobs I'd asked to be done by the staff - because I knew how to do it quickly/efficiently.  I didn't last long in that role obviously - I told my boss to find someone else to do it <lol>. 

    Hmm, does that make us control freaks?  I was already told by my endo that I am OCD.

    By: AmariT: Jul, 12, 2010 17:34 PM
    I'm always a little afraid of taking control out of my hands and handing it to a fallable peice of technology. I trust myself far more than I trust a machine.

    Somewhere in my mind, I'm aware that I'm just as fallable as the machine, maybe even more so. Doing things myself gives me a feeling of control, though.

    I suppose this can be connected to me doing all of the work in group projects back in high school because I didn't trust other people in the group to do the work correctly.


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