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I've been dreading doing an A1C test. We're a little over seven months into our travels, and the carb counting of South American rice and Asian noodles has been harder than I anticipated.

During a U.S. layover three months into our trip, I had my A1C tested and the results were not what I wanted: 7.8%. My A1C had not been that level since I was a teenager. For me, personally, I like seeing numbers in the mid-6%s. They're where I'm comfortable and I feel my best, without too many lows. 

At that point, I knew I had to get my number better, especially since we had a whole 9 months of travel to go. Because I wouldn't be able to do another lab test during our trip, I bought a home A1C kit with two tests. I just did the first home A1C test and got a 6.8%! I know the results may be off slightly from a lab result, but to me this test signals that I've lowered the number from 7.8%.

That better A1C is a result of a ton of hard work while traveling. It's a lot of paying attention when I'd rather enjoy the moment sightseeing, it's a middle-of-the-night alarm to check my numbers most nights, and it's squeezing in workouts wherever and whenever I can.

I'm celebrating this win and all the work it took to make it happen. :)


Hello! It was great reading about your blog. I am a bit of a newbie at Type 1 Diabetes. I was wondering about how the Dexcom CGM works for you?? With showers and such? I am currently on a MiniMed Medtronics Insulin Pump, it has the option of an Enlite Sensor with CGM, but I haven't really heard any feedback about CGM's from people with experience. I want to consider it, but I also want to make an infomed decision because CGM's are expensive.
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Submitted by Addie29 on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:49pm

Hello - I'm new to this site but wanted to extend a little advice in regards to having a CGM. I've had T1D for almost 30 years and this past summer I finally decided to go on a CGM, and it's the best decision I've ever made. I will tell you I've never been on a pump, and I'm still not emotionally ready to be on a pump, but the CGM is a must and if you are already on a pump I don't see why you wouldn't go on it. It's easy to use-I taught myself how to put it on and use it. SUPER EASY and after a month I knew I would never live without it. It reads my BS every 5 minutes and alarms when I'm too high or low, which I can set and adjust as I see fit. I'm on the Dexcom 5 CGM. Go online and check it out - I promise you will love it. One tip - don't use tape to keep it on you skin bc tape is so irritating to the skin. Buy skin tac from Amazon and I promise the sensor will stay on your skin all 7 days with no problem!
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Submitted by Diabetic1987 on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:16am