Health quickie

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow — that is patience.” – Unknown

I know I have been slacking here, but know that IRL I have not. There are several YotE updates coming up I promise. I did want to update my health, though, since I had a very good day yesterday.

Every once in a while, I get an A1C test. Its basically a blood test that tells us how my sugar has been over several months. This is because red blood cells carry the “memory” of how much sugar there was. Weird.

In some ways, the A1C test is like a baseball player’s season batting average. Both A1C and the batting average tell you about a person’s overall success. Neither a single day’s blood test results nor a single game’s batting record gives the same big picture.

Now, A1C tests the percentage of blood sugar levels and a normal non-diabetic is at 5, although it could vary 4.5 to 6.

A result between 6 and 6.5 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes.

For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1C level of 7 percent or less is a common treatment target.

I was diagnosed with diabetes, if you’ll remember, and the last A1C came back at 6, which was good. Yesterday, it was at 5.4. YAY!

This means that I have a very controlled case of diabetes. This means that my lifestyle change is working. This means that I actually have a VERY good chance at a normal life, quite possibly off medicine. I have you guys to thank for that, your support has kept me true to myself.

As for my blood pressure, it had turned out that I was not taking the correct medication as prescribed. I replaced a medicine when it was supposed to supplement it. Yesterday, it showed my BP to be lower than before, which is what we wanted. We’ve adjusted the medication once more and next month it hopefully will be at normal levels. Further weight loss and eating right should make that go away too.

Lastly, sleep apnea was discovered when I had a sleep study. Its been three months, but I finally got a scheduled appointment for a CPAP machine fitting. This too should help my BP.

That’s it on my front. Just know that patience IS a virtue, but there’s a fine line between patience and laziness… please be very proactive about your health, and do whatever is possible to get checked for anything and everything. You are very precious to yourself and your loved ones. I am living proof that its never too late to motivate yourself into health.

Year of the Edgar is going strong!

3 Responses to “Health quickie”

  1. I am ALWAYS glad to here good news from you so I definitely had a smile on my face as I read. You know you got friends and whatever it takes to get you to your healthiest, we’ll be there. Well at least I know I will 🙂 Here’s cheering and thinking nothing but the best and I can’t wait to get together and hang for some fun time :))

  2. bravo

  3. That’s awesome, Edgar, and an inspiration. Guess it shows it’s never too late to change to a healthy lifestyle. It’s motivating me to make better choices with my own health (which says a lot, lol). Year of the Edgar indeed. 🙂

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