I did something different today. I took a diabetes education class. I had never heard of a diabetes education class until both my health insurance plan and my new doctor discussed it with me. Today was the first of six 2-hour sessions, and I must admit I was skeptical. I wondered what they could tell me that I did not already know from doing my own reading and research. However, I was quite surprised overall. This was the introductory session, and a good portion of it was either things I did not know or things that I had never had explained to me so clearly before. I have a better knowledge of how diabetes works, how the digestive system works, and what is happening when we have high and low blood sugar. I found the whole experience to be highly valuable. They will also set us up with a dietician who will work on us with a food plan and so forth as well over the future sessions. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to participate in this, and I hope that the future sessions are just as interesting.
The other valuable thing that I got out of it solved a diabetes problem that I had been having. The blood glucose tester I was given by my previous doctor has very expensive supplies that are not covered by insurance. I just assumed that meant the the testers and supplies were not covered by insurance at all. However, the diabetes educator there told me that my health insurance simply didn’t cover that brand but that if I had one that was covered, then my supplies would be covered with a copay as well. Then, they gave me two free meters to use that would be covered. So, once I use up the supplies for the one that I have now, I will then be able to have my supplies covered by insurance from this point forward. That is also excellent news.
So, overall it was an excellent use of a Friday morning, and I have my next session next Thursday.
I had good news today from my recent doctor visit. The results came back from my blood and urine tests, the first one since I have gotten my diabetes under control. I don’t have all of the numbers, as they were supposed to email them to me, but I have not received them yet. What I can say is that I was given a clean bill of health at this point. I asked about some of the numbers, and my non-fasting blood glucose level was 111, which is just fine for middle of the day with no fasting and after lunch. My a1c level was 5.5, which is actually great. It is supposed to be under 7 to be considered under control, so that is also a very good number. All of my other levels seem to be ok, as the nurse said there was nothing else there to worry about at this point. Until I see the numbers specifically, I can’t report anything more than that, as I need to look at the iron numbers and cholesterol, but apparently they are not at any sort of alarming level.
So, what that all means is that what I have been doing to try and control my diabetes is working. My combination of diet and a bit of medicine has dramatically changed my blood glucose levels, as they were over 350 before I started anything. I just checked, and for the last 90 days, my blood glucose average has been 104, and I average between about 95-100 on my fasting checks in the morning. All of that seems to be right on target from everything I have read. I have had a few spikes, but nothing serious at all, and I have not had any particular lows either, as I have been good at making sure that I keep everything going well.
I guess what that means is that I’m doing well so far. Good news.