In the 2 weeks after I saw the nutritionist, I managed to bring down my after-meal numbers from 16 to around 6-8. The before-meal numbers have been pretty steady at around 7 or 8. Whenever I have dipped below 6, I needed a power nap like you wouldn't believe. I started to suspect that this is when I need a snack & sure enough, the last time it happened, I grabbed a granola bar & didn't feel the need for sleep anymore.
Since I haven't been prescribed any meds yet, I'm just doing some experimenting with diet to see what 'my normals' are. I thought I was getting a handle on things and starting a downward trend in the numbers but when I saw the nurse, all she noted were the high numbers (above 7) in my log book. So, I guess, 7 is high but for me it is better than when I started. That's my approach to all this -- slow but sure improvement.
I hope the medical profession agrees with me
Gee, Chris, seems like we have more in common. I also wear hearing aids, a legacy from my mother's side as well as the diabetes. And without a doubt facing that for the first time a few years ago had me kicking and screaming all the way home from the audiologist. It began to seem I was really following in my mother's (and grandmother's) footsteps when the diabetes came up, but I was determined to face it (after several months' denial) because it killed them both. My mother died of a heart attack in the hospital after they amputated a leg at the knee. She did not eat right and made no effort to exercise. So, I decided I was going to do everything to stop the progression of the disease. It's not that I'm opposed to taking meds if I have to (I already take BP meds but the dosage is too strong now, so I've got to see the doc.) but if I can control this without them, I prefer that. My last A1c was 5.6 and I hope to get it even lower if I can. It gets easier, honest.
(Gosh I miss sledding. I grew up in NY with lots of nice snowy winters. We don't get that in Memphis. )