I should be celebrating -- shouting from the rooftops! But instead I am stunned. Confused. Filled with skepticism. Those of you who've been following my DexCom adventures here know how frustrated I was when I couldn't seem to get my A1c below 7.1, despite a lot of diligence and aggravation.
But something weird happened. I had my A1c tested again about a month later, and about 10 days after I'd set the DexCom aside for an extended break. My result was 6.5! Impossible, I thought. That last month was not a good one. I spent far too much post-meal time over 200. How could I possibly have dropped to a happy and healthy "therapuetic target" of <7% in that time?!
I was so suspicious, in fact, that my co-author Dr. Jackson made a bet with me: go back and get another A1c test. If it's under 7, I owe him dinner; if it's over 7, he owes me dinner. Good deal.
And guess what?! I owe him dinner! My A1c as of Dec. 1 was 6.3!!
I still can't quite make sense of it; things didn't seem to be going that much better than a few months ago. But who am I to argue with success?
NOTE: We'd all have real reason to celebrate if only the new DCA 2000 Blood Glucose Tester became standard equipment at most labs. I recently read about this device which measures your A1c with a single drop of blood. No more painful blood draws! And you get the result in minutes. But even though it's priced at less than $1,500 (Internet quote), it still seems to be out of reach for most labs and clinics. Or simply not a priority. With at least 20 million of us out there requiring regular A1c testing, we ought to be lobbying somebody on this!