Summary – October-December 2012

23 Dec

Well, the world did not come to an end, so I am now obliged to write this post …a summary of how I’ve coped with keeping my blood sugar in control from October to December and what I’ve been doing.

Happy to report that my Hb1Ac went down one point to 6.3. I was there before but it went up. 😦 So I’m glad that it went down to this level again.  I discovered something interesting last quarter. In my last summary, I reported that my Hb1Ac value was 6.4. This was measured by my endocrinologist. Four days later, I went to my GP and he did a blood test to check other stuff. I was told that my Hb1Ac was 6.8 and I got a bit of a shock. This time around, I questioned my endocrinologist about it and he said they use a different measuring method! So which is more accurate now? Well I’m going to believe the endocrinologist cos he is the diabetes specialist, and make myself happy. So beware, this may be happening to you too! Different testing methods result in different values!

Another good thing happened recently. I was having pain in my right elbow for a long time (about 2 years) and the doctors have diagnosed this as ‘golf elbow’. I got cortisone injections and went for acupuncture,physiotherapy and chiropractic adjustment but nothing helped. If anything, things got worse and then the pain started in my left arm too. After reading another of those health books, I started taking vitamin supplements – Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zink, Calcium, Vitamin D. Yikes, I’m turning into a hypochondriac! Just noticed the other day that I haven’t noticed the pain in my elbows for some time now. When I press the spot, it doesn’t hurt anymore! I’m sure it’s the vitamins but which one did the trick, I don’t know – although I think it’s the Vitamin E. So a tip if you are having problems which no one can pinpoint. In your next blood test, get your GP to check your vitamin levels. Funny, I’ve been to so many doctors and no doctor even thought about checking this.

I haven’t been experimenting much with new recipes lately cos I’m quite happy with the way things are. I’ve got my staples and work around them. What I did was to buy two low carb bread mixes from a German online shop to see if they were better than mine. I don’t want to mention which products I tried (anyway, I think if you don’t live in Germany you probably won’t come across them). They were a lot worse than my low carb sunflower bread :). The first loaf I baked was ok in texture  – a little less rubbery than mine but it lost out on taste. The second one was like eating rubber. My husband refuses to eat anything so I’m slowly eating my way through the two loaves. Still contemplating dumping the rest in the bin.

To sum up my year, I can say that it has generally been a good year for me – glucose-control wise.  Doctors are happy so I’m happy.

On this note, I’d like to end off today and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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