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Triple D - NOT Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I love watching all cooking shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Today's Triple D is not about the show, however. It's Doctor Day Dread. My six-month check-up. The lab has already posted my test results and everything looks great....except, for some reason they haven't posted my hemogloblin AIC yet. Grrrrr. My appointment is in a couple of hours and I really wanted to know what it was before I saw my doctor. Last visit it was 5.9, but I've had a steroid injection in my hip since then (steroids generally raise your blood sugar) and I've been off the wagon (see Honesty is the Best Policy blog).

I guessing knowing beforehand is not important, but my OCD self disagrees. I REALLY want to know. Talking myself down off the cliff, though, by acknowledging that knowing ahead of time won't change the reality.
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    I do keep telling myself that 6.4 isn't bad and I am down 20 lbs. I go back in February. When my diabetes was "brittle" as they call it, I went every 3 months, but now she has me on twice a year.

    Having SP and Spark friends is definitely motivating. Thank you for the encouragement.
    1088 days ago
    I think overall that was a good visit! An A1C of 6.4 isn't bad, and down a net of 20 pounds and all the other numbers great...awesome!
    When do you go back to the doctor again? I go back in three months. I have to say, knowing that I have the labs every three months helps to keep me motivated to stay on the diet. And I get "more motivated" the closer I get to my lab appointment...hehe.
    It's interesting the doctor said that you know what to do. It's not easy, but yes, I know what to do too. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to do it, but the lab numbers can be motivating. And SparkFriends help too.
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    1091 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2017 12:20:42 PM
    Thanks, all. A1C was higher than last time, but only 6.4 and all my other numbers were great. Doctor said she was happy, considering the weight gain, but also bragged on me that I was down a net 20lbs. She said "you know what to do...call me if you need me." I am on the portal, so it's nice to see your numbers ahead of time and mine will compare current to past, which I find extremely helpful.
    1091 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2017 11:57:28 AM
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    I also stress until I see the numbers. In my case, I don't have the diabetes issues. However, I do have heart disease and always anxious to see my HDL and LDL levels. I did sign up for the online portal. I check it everyday until the results are posted. emoticon
    1091 days ago
    Sure you will be fine. He will definitely take the steroid shot into consideration. His job is to help you so let him know your concerns. emoticon
    1092 days ago
    Yes, this sounds like me! For my doctor, we get the labs drawn two weeks before the doctor's visit, and I have the lab mail me the results so I know ahead of time of the visit. I feel like I want to be prepared for what the doctor will want to talk about, good or bad. (They recently developed the "on-line patient portal" but I haven't signed up for that.) And I have the DREAD until I see the numbers. And once I see them, I start practicing my responses to the doctor's questions....reasons why they may be worse.

    I hope your A1C is stable for you. The prior value was very good! My recent value was 6.2, and my doctor was happy with that. He had said anything under 6.5 is good, and "try to get as close to 6 as you can." Fingers crossed for you!
    1093 days ago
    1093 days ago
    Have a blessed day!! Thanks for sharing.
    1093 days ago
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