I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 15. I was assumed to have insulin resistance when it became widespread to think that IR and PCOS are related, but never failed a GTT until May of this year. I was on Metformin for about a year before the failed GTT, at which time I was switched to Avandamet.
I had my very first A1C done after the failed GTT, in June. The level was 6.1. I was never told at that point that I have diabetes, but the nurse from the doctor’s office left me a voicemail that “Your diabetes is controlled” because of the A1C number. I listened to it and though “I don’t have diabetes! That must mean that the A1C is normal” and went on my merry way.
Until my doctor appointment this last Friday (August 15) when my doctor looked at my chart and said “How is it going with your diabetes?” My WHAT? I don’t have diabetes, I said! Yes you do, he says. Your A1C is elevated.
So finally he explained to me that my insulin resistance has graduated (haha) to diabetes. So now I’m actually being closely monitored, and testing, for the first time in my life. So here I am.
I’m pretty new to this, though I understand how it mostly works, because of the insulin resistance diagnosis. But the diabetes part doesn’t feel real. I only started testing yesterday and I haven’t had a “bad” reading yet. That just makes it feel even less real: “See, my levels are great!”
I actually found this site while searching for how often to change lancets. It turns out that some of you keep them for quite a long time!
So my doctor gave me a monitor and I have two other ones (free offers online) on the way. I have to turn my readings in to my doctor after two weeks and we will figure out if I’m on the right dose of meds or not. And I guess it just has to sink in.
My husband is also having a hard time with it. He thinks the doctor is jumping the gun, especially because of my good readings.
I’m also trying to conceive, and I’m a little afraid of what will happen when I get pregnant. We’ve only been trying for 5 months now, but it’s not as easy as one hopes this kind of thing will be.