Monday, December 18, 2006

Down with HBA1C!

Forgot to post this, things have been crazy since Thanksgiving getting ready for all of the holidays. I am happy to report that after 3 months of DexCom, I have dropped my HBA1C a full point. I initially purchased the DexCom to help me lower my HBA1C after losing focus on my diabetes, and to help me prevent hypos.

I have almost reached both goals: nary a hypo in sight, and the HBA1C is down from 8.3 to 7.3. Granted I've got a ways to get below my desired goal of 6.0, but I think I can make it; I've started Symlin along with my pump (more to report on that later). For me, I would not have gone on Symlin without CGM. This stuff really stomps on your BG and keeps it down low. I've been through some roller coasters with Symlin, and the CGM has been invaluable in helping me determine the correct dosage.

Back to more holiday activities; with 3 kids and everything else going on, life is swirling around.

8 comments:

Megan said...

Congrats!

Kassie said...

terrific! and thanks for sharing the adventure. Those of us watching you early adopters appreciate it!

Scott said...

Wow Gary! Your A1C improvement is GREAT!!! Way to go!

Anxiously awaiting news on the Symlin front and how you've incorporated that into your routine.

Take care!

MileMasterSarah said...

awesome job on that point! Let us know how symlin works for you! I stopped using it after ten months, it just wasn't right for me...

Lyrehca said...

Congratulations!

DotConnector said...

Hi Gary,

Finally had a chance to visit your blog. Great news on the A1c. I just found out mine was a horrifying 8.5; they highest it has been in years, so I look forward to seeing how the Freestyle Navigator helps me manage.

Things still aren't perfect, but I feel fortunate to be a part of this trial. Gives me a chance to see whether a CGM is worth the investment. Pleased with Freestyle so far.

Kerri. said...

You've been missing for a while - hope all is well!

Gary said...

Thanks for your comments! Life with D on top of all of family and communtity committments (3 daughters) has been keeping me super busy. I don't have much news to report on the Dex, I'm still happy with it despite the issues.

I've decided to stop blogging for awhile, since the topic I'm interested in, CGMS for diabetics, is starting to be covered quite well elsewhere, particularly in the yahoo group that I co-moderate:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/diabetescgms/