Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A1C from A to Z

Ask yourself, "does this number define my worth?"

Be mindful that this number shows where you were, not where you are today.

Cast out the feelings of guilt and ineptitude.

Don't give up on yourself.

Every number is a springboard to another. Use this number to help you get where you want to be...or to motivate you to stay where you want to be.

Forget the highs from last month. That is over. Today is a new day.

Give yourself credit where credit is due.

Have a heart to heart with your doctor. You are a team.

Invite friends to support you. Invite them to learn about diabetes...invite them to cheer you on!

Just keep swimming.

Keep some records. Writing things down help you see the big picture.

Let someone help you. You don't have to do this alone.

Motivate yourself by reading blogs in the community. Knowing you are not alone is huge!

Never say never. Anything can happen. This disease is unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

Open your mind to new technologies.

Pray. If you don't pray, ponder.

Question your doctor. Ask why. Ask how. Ask when.

Remember that no one is perfect. Perfection does not exist with diabetes.

Start with small changes. Big changes in routine set yourself up for failure.

Talk about it. Holding feelings of inadequacy in makes it harder on you and makes it harder on those who want to support you.

Understand that getting nights right is half the battle. Start there.

Value your knowledge. You have learned a lot. Do not cut yourself short.

Wait for results. It takes time to see the fruits of your labors.

Xpect numbers to fluctuate. Life isn't linear.

You are doing better than you think you are.

Zebra. Because not everything should be about diabetes.


  1. love this Meri! especially giggled at the zebra line...:o)

  2. Love this! I want it in my house too!

    Zebra :D

    Lexi (locked out of blogger :(

  3. I LOVE this Meri! Think I'm going to print it out and put it on the refrigerator.

  4. Love, love, love this! Meri, you are just too awesome for words!

  5. LOVE IT! I am already stressed about Jack's A1C (appt 9/21), we got him down to 7.0 in June (9 months after dx) and I know I will feel like a failure if it is creeping back up. Thank you for this, It truly is just a number...I am printing this out!

  6. Great!!! I am hanging up inside our D closet, so I get to look at it every day! Thanks Meri!

  7. Thank you so much for this! I made two copies one for here at the shop and one at home. Now I can remind myself it is ok when my daughter is calling from the school office again, and one of her teachers is telling me how to do things. I can read this a be able to deal with it all!
    Thank you so much for being here

  8. Today was the first day back to school in Canada....I always find it difficult. I worry about my son's blood sugar all day. It has been 14 years...he is in highschool...but still I worry. Thanks for the poem. Uplifting!

  9. Outstanding, Meri. Love the ending especially.

  10. zebra - that's an awesome way to end this ABC's!

  11. Meri...your night time mantra has stuck with me for years. It is half the battle...the easier half b/c you don't have to factor in I:C ratios. I LOVE THIS. xo

  12. "Motivate yourself by reading blogs in the community. Knowing you are not alone is huge"

    I can personally attest to this entry. I believe it saved my sanity in those first couple of weeks following Ellie's diagnosis.

    And you, Miss Mmmmeeerrriiiii, where one of the first blogs I bleary-eyed stumbled across.

    You gave me hope, then.

    You give me laughter and inspiration, now.

    Love you!!!!!

    fabulous write-up, btw. Vvvveeerrryyyy creative ;)

  13. fabulous!!
    totally struggle with "G" thanks for the reminder! :)

  14. Your creativity made my day! Thank you so much!


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