Saturday, March 24, 2012

A1c Result

Woot! Woot!  There is celebrating going on in our house.

Every three months Kidlet Three has a blood A1c test.  This amazing test reveals the blood glucose levels for three months.  It is like our blood cells store 'history'.  There can be no secrets in the blood cells.  The A1c level will tell if diabetes has been in control or not.

A person that does not have Type 1 diabetes might have an A1c level between 4.5 and 5.5.  A person with Type 1 diabetes, with good control of their diabetes, will have an A1c between 6 to 8.

For the seven years Kidlet Three has had diabetes, his A1c levels have ranged between 8 and 8.9.

Which isn't bad.  I'm told there are children that have A1c levels up to 11.

But we don't want a level that 'isn't bad', we want the best possible level!  Keeping diabetes in control will keep Kidlet Three healthy and hopefully keep diabetes complications from not occurring.

Exercise, stress, teenage hormonal changes, and other factors affect blood sugar levels.  The past three months with Kidlet Three playing traveling hockey and growing several inches, have been a challenge.  The balancing act of keeping the blood sugar levels (from the finger poke blood sugar checks) in the 80 to 120 range by figuring out how much insulin to give, continues to be the challenge in management.

Drum roll please...

We got the results of the latest A1c in a letter yesterday.

Did you hear the hollers of excitement ringing through the air.

For the first time in 7 years, Kidlet Three's level is below 8.  Seeing the numbers 7.6 on the letter brought tears, hugs, and even some jumping up and down in excitement.

This great result is even more exciting because Kidlet Three has really taken over much of his diabetes management.

Woot! Woot!  It is an amazing day!

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