Sunday, January 02, 2011
On Thursday, December 30, I had my follow-up appointment with my primary physician. We went over the results of my blood tests, which included my A1C. Of course my numbers are still higher than they should be; however, I did get some good news. My A1C is at 6.3%. This is a very good number for someone with type 2 diabetes. The goal for those with type 2 diabetes is to get their A1C down to 6.5% to 7%. Keeping my A1C down means no insulin for me any time soon!
My doctor, though I have been seeing him only two months, is aware of my life situation and is taking it into account when recommending treatments. Two years ago, I was thrown into a full-time caregiver role taking care of my husband because of his health status. He has many health issues, which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colostomy (rectal cancer survivor), pacemaker, type 2 diabetes, seizure disorder, dementia, and Parkinson's Disease. Since becoming his full-time caregiver, I have been stressed more than usual since I do not get any help from his daughters. My doctor is aware of this as I had mentioned earlier; therefore, he is suggesting that I seek further support to help me lose weight. He told me that once I begin to lose weight, then my numbers will all fall within the normal range and I will become healthy again. This is good news, since this is what I have been thinking all along. I am so happy to have a doctor that is willing to look at the whole picture regarding my health and not just one or two pieces, which results in pushing pills that may not be needed.