Friday, April 24, 2009

Results of doctor visit.

Said Doctor Ruchi, "Okay, the good news is your A1c is down from 8.7 to 8. So, it's headed in the right direction. But I want it down around 6."

Or maybe she said down around 2. Or negative 20. I forget.

I was disappointed. I wanted to celebrate a really low number by going out and having a big bag of the greasiest KFC possible. With biscuits. Or a huge box of pizza. With hot wings.

"You know," she said. "When you get motivated, your body is really responsive. I've never seen anything like it. So, keep on working it. Get exercise and watch your diet."

Never mind. Break out the bag of spinach.


JoyZeeBoy said...

6.0, Steve. It's 6.0

It's do-able. But not fun.

No carbs. Period. No rice, no pasta, no potatoes.

This is a true story that happened at my very first diabetes coaching session -- sort of an "Intro to Type II" given for a group of us newbies by an RN diabetes coach at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

After explaining, in detail, all about carbs and the necessity for scrupulously counting them, the couple behind me asked her, in all seriousness, "if we don't have any carbs all week... can we have a case of beer on Saturday night?"

"No" came the straitlaced reply.

Nurse Ratched was not amused.

Steve Schalchlin said...


You are an inhuman cruel human being who needs to be eliminated from the face of the earth.

(pout. stamp foot.)

Linda Romanelli Leahy said...

Steve, what's an A1C?

Sorry about your friends--very sad.

Lea Ann said...

I just have to comment on the one sentence of this post that really jumped out at me.

"You know," she said. "When you get motivated, your body is really responsive.

That is just amazing. For many people that is not true, especially for someone with an underlying chronic disease. It's a gift really. You acknowledge that with the "break out the bag of spinach" remark, but I just wanted to reinforce it.

Eating to live rather than living to eat is hard. Keep up the good work!!!!