March was the month of MOT’s. The car failed on the usual wear-and-tear stuff and we got it repaired and serviced and that set us back the neck-end of £400. But then it’s the only time in the year we do actually fork out for the car unless it’s actually broken, so I can’t really complain.
I passed my MOT. HbA1C result was 6%, which is a little higher than the last one, but still well below the 7% warning level and close to the 5-5% level in non-diabetics. So that’s good news. I need to work on it a little more, I liked the look on the nurse/doctor’s face when they see I’m diabetic but have an HbA1C of 5.7%, so a few points off the 6% would be nice. Usual advice from the nurse, lose weight, do cardio exercise, eat properly, take care of my feet. Can’t blame her for trying with the advice, and I think she doesn’t blame me for not being able to achieve it all. It takes me a lot of energy to keep my sugar levels down to below 6%, mental and emotional energy, and cutting out all the other stuff required to lose weight as well would probably be the end of me.
Maybe I’ll try and start walking again at lunch times now the weather is picking up.
So, another year with diabetes, another year with good control, but no rest, have to do that every year, every time, for ever.
So mixed bag today. Once I realised I didn’t have any appointments today, I thought I’d try and get a phone appointment to get my blood results. Rang the surgery and asked for one, and they told me my doctor was working out of a different location today and I should call there – after it took me about 20 minutes to get through. Still, I called the other surgery, and after another 15 minutes asked for a phone appointment – they don’t do them – but he could see me at 10:30. So, I ended up with a visit to the GP today anyway.
The good news, from the blood test my kidney and cholesterol results are fine. My liver results are ‘off’ but they’re always off and this time they’re off by less than they ever have been before. My HbA1c test was 5.8. That’s pretty good, and the biggest indicator of diabetes related health. It could stand being a little lower, more like 5% maybe and I still need to make sure day-to-day control is maintained.
The bad news is that my urine test showed protein, which means although my kidney blood tests are ok, my kidneys are allowing protein through. Essentially this is caused either by diabetes, or by high blood pressure or by both. The treatment is ACE inhibitors, which means another daily tablet. Yay me – see the NHS did get me something new for my birthday – a surprise! I get to take them for a week and then have more blood tests so now I have another appointment next week to give more blood and then I’ll need another GP appointment 3-4 weeks after that to review the results.
In other bad news – the car needs a new rear silencer (it sounded really bad today), and the MOT is due next week (which we’d kind of forgotten). I guess I know where the money I’ve managed to save is going this month.
But in other good news, Wickes sell mini-trip switches which are the exact right size for our old fashioned fuse box. I bought one 5amp one (after being caught out recently buying low energy light bulbs in bulk only to find out they didn’t fit, I thought I’d start with one thing this time and expand if it was the right option) and it fits perfectly. So hopefully if the Annoying Hallogen Light Bulbs from Hell in the kitchen trip the fuse it’s a quick switch flick to get things back online and no need to power down the entire fricking house.
So tomorrow eye test, Wednesday nurse appointment, sometime between then and next week, car in for MOT.
Then I’ll probably need a holiday to get over all this stuff.