A Half of Year with T1D
Well, mid-October marks my 6-month anniversary living with Type 1 Diabetes. Life has changed dramatically for me, but in many ways, I’m still my same old self!
Two weeks ago, I had a new A1C test done, which was 5.6! HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF. Since my T1D diagnosis in April with a glucose level at 500+, my constant finger pricks and insulin shots have resulted in a 5.7 A1C in July, and now a 5.6 A1C. My Doctor is impressed, but my sister still assures me that I’m still honeymooning. Can’t one honeymoon forever? Wouldn’t that be fantastic? : )
Right now, I’m averaging about 6 shots a day of insulin, 8-10 finger pricks, and in the process of getting a Dexcom G5 CGM. (Insert big smiley face here.) However, my Doctor is a bit hesitant that my on-point A1C levels will prevent me from getting approved for one by my insurance company. I told him, shouldn’t good behavior be rewarded… that A1C didn’t just “happen” (you can ask my wonderful hubby for a second opinion…). We’ll see what happens, but I’m optimistic and still suffering some painful low blood sugars at night, so I’m using this to my advantage here.
I’m becoming a lot more resistant to insulin, which means that my own beta cells are diminishing (AKA honeymooning). Right now, I take 1 unit of insulin for every 15-20 carbs I eat, except if I’m drinking and exercising. I went to Napa the other weekend, and because I was so active and sipping red wine (which also brings my sugars down), I didn’t have to take any Lantus OR Humalog throughout the trip. However, I did stick to a very low carb diet, but I still think that Napa is my heaven. : )
Unfortunately, exercise has become a lot more of a “planned” activity. Whether it’s walking, running, or yoga, I have to get “high” in order to work-out, because it brings be down 50-100 points, depending on the intensity. I usually try to eat some fruit or glucose tablets right before, so I don’t get too high, in order not to get too low. (Are you confused, yet?) My husband and I take nightly walks after dinner, so I can take less insulin and reduce my glucose levels naturally.
And last but not least, I have been a lot more open with the people around me that I’m “a Diabetic”. I’ve given up on explaining the differences between the 2, as I figure as long as they know why I eat and plan my meals the way I do. Especially if they ask me about my food choices, altering a restaurant menu item, or why I’m the (lame) person not having dessert?! (That’s worth a blog post right there!) I don’t go into details about which type of diabetes I have, as most people don’t even know that there are 2 types, but I figure that the more people know, the more they can encourage me and support my food choices.
With that said, I’ll end at wishing all of my courageous and brave Diabetics a Happy Diabetes Awareness Month! Keep up the constant finger pricking, carb counting, and insulin injecting… you are all rockstars in my eyes.