Hba1c and all that Remains

Glucose - February & March 2019

23/03/2019

Climbing Back

After the debacle that was 2018 and my previous Hba1c results, I’m rather pleased to say that things have really taken a turn for the better with regards to my BS levels.  This last three weeks in particular have seen them drop to below 5, and when I was feelign a bit flakey the other day it actually registered at 3.1, which sent me orange as being a little too low!

I’m going to split the charts into months from now on as they get hard to read when there’s more than a few weeks. I might add a 90 day chart to show my progress from January, as that really shows up how far it has dropped.




I had blood tests this week for another Hba1c and got a phone call from the doc less than two days later to tell me “You’re doing really well, keep up the good work”. That’s great, nice to know… but I would prefer to be given the actual results. For some reason, they don’t seem to want to tell us the actual numbers, I’ve found this ever since I was diagnosed. I find it easier to keep things under control if I have all the info to hand. I also find  it helps me to keep testing, so I know when I’m doing it right, and when things are not going so well. Since I’ve been on Gliclazide as well as Metformin I’ve been allowed test strips on prescription, which is much less painful than buying them.

I dare say some will say I’m a burden on the NHS, but you know what? I didn’t breed, so I’ve cost the tax payer precisely nothing in education and childcare costs. Before this and my catastrophic hormone crash happened I hadn’t been to the docs in about eight years. So .. pfffffhhutt. Of course I would prefer not to be diabetic, and I’m working on it. But it doesn’t just magically go away, I will always have to watch what I eat and drink for the rest of my life. 

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Glucose Readings January 2019

Glucose - January 2019

19/01/2019

*That* Appointment

I had a somewhat dubious start to Christmas, having been told to make yet another appointment to see the doctor with another set of Hba1c results. Christmas Eve, 8:30am .. ho bloody ho. Sadly there was no laughter involved as my Hba1c was now 113, worse than my previous two results and worse than my diagnosis 5 years ago. I had stopped taking my glucose readings as I knew they were bad (I was constantly deydrated) but at a guess I would say high teens, low 20s. Which is bad. 

There are two medications what I’m supposed to take on top of the Metformin; Gliclazide and Lisinopril. I’ve avoided taking the Gliclazide because I don’t like taking so many pills and I stopped taking the Lisinopril a couple of months ago as I suspected it was the cause of major hair loss. The latter is why I’ve been going to the doctors, as it’s been really getting me down and I wanted to come off the drug. My doctor thinks it’s caused by stress, but I disagree. I’ll talk about that in another post though, as this is primarily about my BG and the direction it’s going in. 



As you can see, my BG has dropped substantially in the last three weeks.  There are two possible factors.

  1. I’ve started taking the Gliclazide
  2. I’ve given up drinking full sugar Coca-Cola and switched to Coke Zero

Combination of the both is most likely, but I suspect switching to Coke Zero has had the most impact. Blood sugar levels for those with diabetes is between 4 and 7mmol/L. I’m not there as a constant yet but it is dropping well, and hopefully I’ll be able to maintain that soon. Diet is also a factor but I’m going one step at a time, and not watching my weight right now. Stupidly, I  have forgotten to order my meds so it’ll be interesting to see how I fare for the next five days. 

This is all great, but mostly I just want my hair back :( 

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More Charts

More Charts

A quick look at M Chart

After a recent and not so recent telling off, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to record my readings, food and so on. In order to do that I bought a Pro subscription to MySugr (Horrible name, but nice app).  I also decided to try a new chart plugin, and settled on the premium version of M Chart. 

Unlike the previous plugin, this doesnt; work from a live Google doc. I don’t mind that, as I can import results via CSV, and this plugin uses Chart.js. Albeit in a bit of a limited way. I’m still finding my feet with it, but using the data from my previous post. These two charts are what I’ve managed to come up with.

 

 

 

Same caveat as before, the pie chart breakdown is a little misleading as it looks like I have a massive amount of carbs vs anything else. I try not to exceed 150g of carbs a day, which is probably still too many.. but baby steps. My recent BG readings have dropped from 24 to 14-16 in less than a week. Which while still horrendous, is pretty good progress. 

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More Data

More Data

Oh I do love fiddling with data.  I’m not an academic, but I find a certain level of satisfaction in problem solving. After my previous post I was feeling peeved that to get what I really wanted (total control over the data) I would have to buy a premium plugin.

No longer!

The charts below are generated using a lightweight (and free!) plugin, Inline Google Spreadsheet Viewer.  Everything is controlled in one shortcode, edited manually using  a slew of attributes available from the Google API. And the best part? All the data is being pulled on the fly from the spreadsheets on Google Docs, so if I want to edit them I just go into the spreadsheet in question and change the values. Job done.

EDIT

I’ve removed the charts as I’m using a new plugin. You’ll just have to imagine they’re there! 

The food pie chart is a little misleading as it reads as if I’ve been stuffing carbs all day. The actual carb content overall came to 182g which is clearly not a days worth of food. I’m not sure how to best represent this, as there isn’t a ‘total grams consumed’ option in MyFitness Pal, and their exports require a premium subscription. No thanks. Also there are no calories in there, as they aren’t the same unit of measurement, so have to be mutually exclusive.

In truth, I would rather have used Chart.js as it’s charts are absolutely gorgeous. But this gives me the tools I want, with the added bonus of on-the-fly editing and data fed from a dynamic, external source. And no forking out for a one-off or recurring fee.

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Here we go again…

Here we go again...

My blood sugar levels are bloody awful at the moment. I won’t lie, some of it is probably my fault. But I was a bit gobsmacked that my Hba1C has doubled in the last three months.  Currently it’s as bad as it was when I was first diagnosed. If I can’t get it down in the next couple of weeks I’ll have to add a glicazide tablet to the Metformin SR and Lisinopril I’m already on.  I have been very run down, but there’s more I can do. I lost 7lbs in the last fortnight, so that’s a start. I’m currently trying a new tracker app called MySugr, as the old Ontrack Diabetes app seems to be in a weird place right now.  There was an update that apparently wrecked it, and then another update.. but my version doesn’t seem to have changed at all.

Hungry Whippet cartoon

The free version of MySugr doesn’t support PDF export, and there is no HTML export at all. What there is though, is CSV export, which I can then feed into a Chart plugin. Which I’ve been playing with today.

Public humiliation is my latest tactic. If I upload these charts, people can see how badly I’m doing. Hopefully it’ll stir me into doing better.

Below is the chart I’ve created using the CSV export from MySugr with the plugin Visualizer Lite. I don’t really need all the pro elements, as none of the things I’m tracking can be measured together. My plan is to do a BS chart, a steps chart and possibly a carbs or calories chart. The world doesn’t need to see my weight progress.

Stitch is happy

So.. for context. The guidelines for diabetic blood sugar is between 4 and 7 mmol/L.  You can hover over my results to see just how much shit I’m in right now.

MySugr records a lot more than the below, but I have to edit the data manually in the CSV file. The pro version allows pdf export, but where’s the fun in that?

The Chart (ulp)

This is now a screenshot of the chart, as I found a plugin I liked a lot better.  You can read about it here.

Visualizer Chart

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Ontrack – February

I haven’t done this for a while.

Ontrack chart for February, minus the weight and calories as I’ve not been terribly good at keeping a record of it. I’ll try and rectify that for March… uneasy