The Big Test
Today was the day for my diabetes check up. In the past, I have dreaded these visits. I don’t know why, but it always seems like you’re going in to get graded when you go to the endocrinologist. Have you recorded all of your blood sugars? Food? Were you eating right? Did you bolus right? Yada yada yada…
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Right Doctor, Right Care
Well the doctor I have now, Stacie Woods at Firehouse Endocrinology, is a wonderful person. She doesn’t make me feel like I am coming in to get an A-F on my log sheets. Honestly, she just supports me and helps me adjust what I need to. Right now, with the pregnancy wreaking havoc on my hormone levels and diabetes care, things have gotten more challenging. Regardless, Stacie is patient and only changes one or two things at a time.
Diabetes Check Ups and Adjustments
First thing’s first, I got my blood drawn for this appointment on Monday. They need to test my A1C every 3 months (it’s the summary of your blood sugars for the past 3 months). When I started my pregnancy, my A1C was 8.8%, today the test came in at 7.3%. It’s going in the right direction!
Like I mentioned in a previous post, my insulin to carb ratio hasn’t felt right the past two weeks. She adjusted me from 1:11 (1 unit of insulin for every 11g carbs) to 1:10. Also, she took a look at my basal rates. What’s neat about this doctor’s office is that they can download the information from my Medtronic insulin pump. They also can download the log of my Freestyle Libre system. On the pump sheets, she saw that my bolus:basal percentages were 60:40. In a perfect world, this ratio should be 50:50. So, we upped my basal rates to meet the recommended balance. All in all, I have to keep on top of my blood sugars like usual, but especially for lows this week. I am going to be taking an average of 10 units more of insulin per day. That can greatly affect how I feel.
Low Carb Must-Do!
Another thing I HAVE TO DO….eat lower carb snacks. My pregnancy snack monster has been winning the sugary snack battle lately and my numbers show it. Read my next post for low carb snack ideas and a delicious, easy chia pudding recipe. Never had chia pudding? You have to try it! What is your favorite low carb snack? Comment below!
Until next time, Vaarwel!
P.S. Vaarwel is goodbye in the Netherlands. Titus Huisman is a scientist in the Netherlands who separated out different types of Hemoglobin. Other scientists, along with Huisman, developed the standardized Hemoglobin A1C test used in diabetes therapy.