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The lowest A1c ever

Yesterday was Arden's quarterly endo appointment and it could not have gone any better! At her last appointment her A1c was in range but a bit higher then usual, though still at the high end of acceptable for her age. Arden's A1c is always very stable and in range but never as good as it could be. Our endo likes that it's steady, I am usually unhappy with the number and trying to make it lower.

I don't know about your endo's office but Arden's does her A1c test on site. Today, I was just too on edge to wait for the nurse to bring the news, so I snuck back into the lab just as the test was finishing...

10, 9 ,8, it counted down, 7, 6, 5, I actually said, "c'mon be lower", 3, 2, 1... Test complete. It wasn't just lower then last time, it was .7 lower! Almost a full point! I held in my excitement and made my way back to the exam room (where Arden was blowing up a sterile glove for our now traditional game of VolleyGlove). I told her how far her A1c had fallen, she smiled coyly and offered a high five or three. Then we volleyed that glove like it was our first time.

The NP came in a few minutes later and she began asking the standard questions but I just couldn't wait. I said, "did you see her A1c yet?", she replied, "no". I responded, "Well I have and it's amazing!".

She asked me what it was (I don't share Arden's exact A1c here) when I told her she began clicking furiously on Arden's file and found a list of past test results.

"I thought so" she said... "lowest EVER!", she congratulated Arden and then me. I found myself thinking that my smile must look ridiculous because my face felt like it was about to break. As soon as we got into the car I called Kelly to share the great news and we celebrated all over again.

It's ten hours later and I'm still as excited as I was in that exam room. Even when things are going well with diabetes it can still feel as if they aren't. Yesterday was a much needed and well deserved chance to celebrate and feel accomplished. I hope everyone gets a day like this very soon, it was reinvigorating.

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Congratulations! Any improvement does feel like a huge accomplishment, especially in terms of the A1c, which mostly never seems to work with you. Nice job all around :)

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey D.

Thank you Stacey... I am feeling pretty great about it! A1c always hangs over your head, I know that it shouldn't but...

February 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

An absolute reflection of your hard work! Congrats!

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Love!! Glove volley is a great idea too! I always struggle to keep k entertained and prevent her little mind from worrying about "stuff." Congrats to all of you. The whole family plays a part in results like this!

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertonya

Jen and Tonya you are both very kind, thank you!

Tonya, we have been playing with the glove since the first appointment and you are 100% correct, it provides a great distraction.

February 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Great job, guys!

I always just hope for improvement. I can't wait until we get a "lowest A1c ever" report.

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeighann of D-Mom Blog

Amazing news!

Here in Ontario Canada, we have a provincial program that covers the cost of the pump and provides a quarterly grant to cover some of the supplies. The funding is based on certain factors, one of which is keeping an A1C lower than 9.

Just to say that the A1Cs are important, and while they can be sometimes out of your control, but a good reading is a sign that you are taking the right precautions to keep your baby in good health.

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

congrats! also, i love the idea of volleyglove!

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershannon

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