Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Very Best

Early this week Cassie came back from her 6 month visit with Dr. Mark, her pediatric endocrinologist with some good news. She had a "great"number for her hemoglobin A1-C (the A1C test is a good indication of how "in-range" Cassie's blood sugars have been over the past 6 months). This was particularly interesting for us since over this period we had switched from the pump to shot therapy. We immediately did a quick mental comparison to her past A1C tests to see if this test result was better or worse. We needed to see if we had done a good job managing her diabetes.

But why do we need this test for that?

We already knew that we had done the absolute best that we could to maintain the best care. We controlled the things we COULD control, and grudgingly had to accept those things that we couldn't.

You shouldn't ever compare your child's A1C test to other kids with type-1 diabetes' A1C test results. Everyone has different challenges and things that are not "controllable."

If you KNOW that you've done everything in your power to battle diabetes over the past 6 months, you shouldn't let a "bad" A1C number ever discourage you. You do your best. That's all you can do.

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