Ruth, I know the A1c is disappointing because you thought it would be lower but there are some variables as you said. Being sick or stressed can raise your levels even though you were doing everything right. Last week, I had such a severe headache that made me nauseated. I took Tylenol. I thought if I ate something small it would help me feel better, so I ate literally 2 or 3 bites of guacamole and some shredded lettuce. An hour later I threw up, then took a nap. After a couple of hours my blood sugar was 164. I can't imagine how except that it was because of getting sick. I'd had nothing out of the ordinary that day, and avocados and lettuce do not raise my levels. So, if you were sick with the flu for a period of time, maybe that's why the test came out higher than you expected. Please don't despair. Get on the treadmill or do jumping jacks in front of the TV. Your next test will be better!
There has been much talk about A1C results being so important and they are BUT there are other things that are important for diabetics to watch and get under control also. Cholesterol levels, kidney function, and blood pressure are also very important for diabetics to keep under control also.
I understand the wanting to stay off medications but sometimes diet and exercise alone cannot control all the problems related to having diabetes, sometimes it is harder on your body than you realize.
Please make sure your doctor is watching your cholesteral levels, kidney function and blood pressure also.
If I am not worrying about me, I must worry about others......