Finally after I had left messages on every voicemail at the endocrinologist's office I got a call back. They wanted to know how many testing strips I needed. As the number times I test a day depends on
i) what I'm doing
ii) what my last BG result was
iii) how I'm feeling: low, high or just plain weird
iv) my mood: can I be bothered to test or should I just wing it
the number of test strips I go through per day varies from a couple to ten. I guestimated eight which is what we applied for last time and the insurance paid for no questions asked. The nurse was about to call the Rx through when I reminded her I hadn't had my bloodwork results yet.
Well score for me 'cos the A1c was down another .5, making a drop of 2.8 since February. Pretty cool, I thought, because I live in fantasy land where the magic number is <7. Apparently in the new real world the number to aim for is <6.5. Is this like when they raised the perfect score on the SATs to 1600 making those who took the exam years ago look stupid? Or when the medical profession dropped the LDL for diabetics to <70 and I became a bad person who needed another drug overnight?
Obviously I'd like it to be <5.9 but that isn't going to happen. So <6.5? If I can get it there without keeping my control so tight I go hypo every day, and without huge swings in the amount of glucose running around my bloodstream, I will. But a word of encouragement wouldn't have gone amiss.