At least, to me, every time I get my A1C checked, it's a Big Day.
As I've discussed before, I have mixed feelings about the amount of importance we place on A1C results as the sole indicator of control. I've worked so, so hard on keeping my numbers as close to "normal" as I could in the last three months, but I know that my A1C doesn't mean I was "good" or "bad" - it's supposed to be viewed as just another number to help me determine which way to go from here. However, I still can't keep myself from feeling like I'm getting a report card - and when I get a report card this great, I can't help but show it off to a few friends. (That's you!)
This is huge! For those unfamiliar with A1C testing, here is a brief explanation, courtesy of the CDC's website:
[An A1C test is] A test that sums up how much glucose has been sticking to part of the hemoglobin during the past 3–4 months. Hemoglobin is a substance in the red blood cells that supplies oxygen to the cells of the body. The AIC goal for patients in general is an AIC goal of less than 7%. The AIC goal for the individual patient is an AIC as close to 6% as possible without a considerable amount of low blood glucose.So, I'm finally in range. I haven't had an A1C this low in a long, long time. In fact, my P.A. printed off for me every A1C I've had while in their care, and they've usually been in the lower 8's. In April, I had a 7.1, which I thought was GREAT - and now, I've graduated to the 6's. It's a great feeling. You know what else is a great feeling? Getting high fives, congratulations, and "We're proud of you!"s from your medical team. :)