As a new diabetic, I have discovered the dreaded hemoglobin A1C blood tests. It’s basically like a not-so-fun test that you can’t study for. It is a test to see a person’s average blood sugar levels for the past 3 months. The normal hemoglobin A1C levels that an average person has are between 5.7 and 6.4. For us diabetics it is a test that shows our doctors how we manage our blood sugars. A really good A1C reading for diabetics is any where somewhat close to the 6.0-7.0 range. Managing blood sugars itself is an up and down rollercoaster that can be a tiring 24/7 task, but we must do it.
Today I went to my usual endocrinologist doctor appointment to go over my test results among other things. I was nervous to see what my A1C report would be because the past three months were during the craziness of the holidays. A diabetic’s A1C can be its worst of the year during this time because we eat what we would normally not eat, not exercise as much, and our daily routine is just not the same, therefore making our numbers stay a little higher than normal. But that is okay! Those are special occasions and we are allowed to live a little! As my endocrinologist opens up her files to pull out my report, I instantly tense up. She looked at the paper then at me with a smile. Her smile made me feel at ease and I was eager to see what my numbers were. She was happy to report to me that my numbers were amazing! She was so happy for me and confident that my numbers were going to be great on this test. I received a 6.6! This was the best kind of news that I could of heard! It had made my whole day, actually my whole week! I remember when I was first diagnosed my first A1C was 9.1! I have come a long way. It just reassured myself that everything that I am doing as I am learning about myself is working for me. Even through Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day I can still listen to my own body and do what it needs.
After hearing this great news, it was time for a celebration! I needed to reward myself for the awesome news and for the great path that I am paving for myself. I picked up my favorite person (my boyfriend) and went to my favorite place for brunch where I ordered a large plate of eggs, sausage, and blueberry pancakes! Quite the celebration!
It is so crucial to be able to allow yourself to have celebrations and special occasions where you can let yourself enjoy and indulge. When big milestones, little achievements, and personal goals are met allow yourself to celebrate and reward yourself with something that truly makes you feel above and beyond because you deserve it.
Believe that you CAN and everything else will follow!