Friday, November 20, 2009


I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach. I mean really, who on earth gets like this before their child's doctor appoinments besides me?

Six months ago, Elise's A1C went up to 8.9. I was upset, but not surprised. We had had lots of high numbers due to illness and growth spurts, but I wanted to do better.

Three months ago, her A1C was 7.9. And I felt a little better about that. But I knew we could do better. We again had some illnesses that led to some crazy high numbers.

Today I had no idea what her number would be. I thought it might have stayed around the same because of those high night time numbers we had been dealing with.

Joanne, why don't you just shut up and get to the point. Which is an A1C of 7.0. Seriously, I almost started to cry when the doc told us. I know that we should not live and die by that number, but it gives me validation that we are doing a good job.

And the other bit of good news? We don't need to dilute Elise's Humalog anymore. Which on one hand makes me sad because her insulin needs are going up (which, duh... Joanne). But on the other, much happier hand, it means fewer supplies we need to keep on hand, and we don't have to go through the diluting process anymore... YAY! It will make giving Elise her sliding scale a bit difficult since her scale is 300 - 400 she gets 1 unit of DH, and for > 400, she gets 2 units. When you compare her diluted to full-strength, 5 units of DH equals 1 unit of full-strength. But I guess we'll just cross that bridge when we come to it.

So, yay! Thanks for all the comments on my post yesterday. I love how you guys are so great at cheering each other on. Love you all, and I couldn't do any of this without you.


  1. That is an awesome job on the A1c. I can (well, you know as well as a non-mom like me) understand why you'd be nervous; it's like your report card when you feel like you've done all the classwork the best you can but the tests along the way haven't really been what you thought you were preparing for.

    (reply to your comment on my blog) YOU are exactly the kind of person I am talking about who can do all the "normal junk" PLUS the overwhelming full time job of it's own managing the diabetes. hang in there!

  2. turn my it's into its

    from a former English teacher who now has no brain cells


  3. Told ya! Told ya you were going to rock that appointment!

    And hip hip horray for no more diluted insulin! I remember the day we could stop using it made life a little bit easier, and with our lives, a little bit goes a long way.

    Enjoy your big win over the d monster! Go celebrate...maybe try to tackle the Cheese Cake Factory again. (Seriously you need to conguer that because I want to meet you there when you come :)

  4. Wow! 7.0! That's great. You're not alone when it comes to the butterflies. I never sleep the night before an endo appt.

  5. Yes !!! Amen that is so great you aced the drs appt . You rock Joanne and elise is so lucky to have you for a mommy . Just breathe , remember to breathe . Dont you just love when the dr gives you good news instead of bad . Wowza this is excellent seems like everyone is doing good in the d world .

  6. SO happy to hear that your appointment went well! My stomach is in knots every time we go in as well - I always worry that we're going to get our hands slapped or something.
    I wish you a fantastic weekend and holiday week next week!

  7. I get nervous before every endo appointment too! Nice work on the A1C!

  8. It's because you take your scale to Chick-fil-a!! :-)

    AWESOME job!!!!

  9. YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's so awesome :)

  10. I thought I totally commented on this!!! Sorry....

  11. Woot! Congratulations..yay for you and all your hard work!

  12. Wow thats a great A1c! Great job Momma!!!

  13. Just wondering... (I know it's long after the fact, & you have that transition resolved long ago...) Why go from DH (diluted 1/5) to H (non-diluted)? Wouldn't it make more sense to go to a less diluted DH (Say 1/4 or 1/2) as stepping stones on the way to straight (non-diluted) H?

    1. I actually wrote a post on that... We ended up going back to diluted because full strength was way too much for her, so we diluted it to 1/2. We made this decision on our own because we diluted it ourselves.


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