Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | 4 comment(s)
Over the year, I've come to realize I use this blog for several reasons:
- To connect with others who struggle with the day-to-day trials and tribulations of living with diabetes
- To share some of my own trials and tribulations with folks (which hopefully contributes to an overall decrease in the sense of isolation "we" collectively might feel with this disease)
- To vent some my frustrations (diabetic and otherwise)
- To make stupid jokes, puns, and cultural (and statistical) references, and to let my inner geek run wild for a little while
- But (it turns out) I also use this blog as a repository to keep stats about my blood sugars and A1c results
I keep this information in an Excel spreadsheet,
And you knowI love a good spreadsheet!
I find that I turn here when I've forgotten when my last A1c test was done or when my last eye doctor's appointment
Not yetI have yet to make my opthalmologist appointment, but not for lack of trying, honest. I've been mentally telling myself to do this for the past couple of mornings on my way into work, but then I get to work and I get distracted by... well, by work. Next thing I know, I'm on my way home and I start cursing because I completely forgot to make my appointment. I'll get around to it before the week is out, I'm (almost) certain.
Anyway, I've been posting my 7, 14, 30, 60, and 90 day averages and standard deviations from my glucometers (I use two) taken right before I go to have my blood work
Just curiousIs this a phrase that others use regularly?
"I have to go to the hospital and have some blood work done."
It always seemed a little strange to me. Sounds almost like taking your car in for a tune up or something. Or maybe the title of a bad B-movie. I dunno, maybe it's just me.
So without further ado:
May 2007: A1c = ?.?%
February 2007: A1c = 7.1%
November 2006: A1c = 7.1%
If I were a betting man (which I'm not much of, really), I'd put my money on another 7.1%. The November stats were generally higher than what I have right now, the February stats were generally lower than what I have right now, and they both yielded 7.1%, so there's no good reason to expect a change.
But I'd also be crazy to think that previous experience should be expected to inform future outcomes (I am so in the wrong line of business if this is something I actually believe, it's not even funny). Let's just say I've got a more than healthy level of skepticism about the validity of the A1c test.