I was reading last night and again a mom wrote about coming from the Doctor and how upset she was because her child’s A1C was 8.2. She tried everything and was so upset that the number ‘was not better’. She realized how important the number was to her child and she felt like she failed again. I have written about this before but it needs repeating.
STOP IT!!!!!!!!! It is just insane to keep beating yourself up.
Did you hear me: STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The A1C is a number. It is a gauge. It is a barometer on blood glucose numbers that are there to map-out a course of action. Yes, a long time high A1C is something you surely want to correct. But when you are driving and your GPS says those magic words ‘Re-routing destination’ do you yell and scream at it because you went off the guided roadway? NO. And neither should you when you receive ‘a bad’ A1C number.
I tell EVERYONE this just in case you read this ‘self-beating’ from someone on line or hear it at a support group meeting. Jump right on and encourage them what it means…..and tell them to work toward the steps they need to get to the ideal A1C. Let’s all work to get this stigma of ‘failure’ out of the equation. There is enough to feel bad about, don;t you think?
But this idea of FAILING MUST stop. Let’s work together to encourage those to use the A1C as just the tool it was meant to be, And leave the yelling for going off the guided mapped roadway to spouses while traveling in a car.
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