Beware, what follows has somehow turned into a slightly bizarre piece using animals to illustrate HbA1c result variations. I don’t know where in my mind this came from but bear with me, the real point is that my pump and CGM have made a real difference to my long term diabetes control.
A year ago I graphed my HbA1c results for the first timeand was pleasantly surprised (read absolutely gobsmacked and delighted) with the results my pump and CGM had helped me to achieve.
Pre-pump the graph looks like the results of an Alison vs kangaroo wrestling match. If I tried really hard I could tie that kangaroo down and get my HbA1c around 6.5. Once, I managed a particularly brilliant left hook and floored it to 6.2. Sadly, as kangaroos and HbA1cs are apt to do, the damn thing always bounced back up to around 7 whenever I took my eye off the metaphorical kangaroo.
Then I got the pump and CGM and the graph looks like I taught the kangaroo to ski (yes, I am starting to regret this bouncing kangaroo analogy but its too late now). The downhill ski slope 4 months after starting on the pump was the last significant gradient. From then on the kangaroo lost it’s bounce and became more of an armadillo, wandering gently through the meandering flatlands that made up the next 2 years. My HbA1c flatlined, the slight twitch as it varied between 5.5 and 5.8 the only real sign of life in the graph.
Recent forum debates about whether anyone had graphed the impact of pumps on HbA1c prompted me to carry out my first annual graph update. The result leaves me feeling a bit like Mary – just a little contrary.
I’m delighted to see that there’s been no change; I’ve flatlined for another year with HbA1cs between 5.6 and 5.8 and no significant hypo issues. If I didn’t know better I’d swear I must be dead, such HbA1c consistency is not something I’ve been used to over the last 27 years of diabetes. I still have bad days, random blood sugars, hypos, times when I forget to bolus and times when I’ve had enough of the whole thing, but they’re much rarer now. I’ve found the tool that lets me manage my diabetes as I want to and the kangaroo, if not quite dead, is certainly enjoying a long hibernation period.
So why do I feel so contrary? It leaves me with little more to say on the subject than I said a year ago. What use is that when I’ve got a blog to populate?