I should say that I haven’t posted much on here, but I have read a great deal and learned a tremendous amount about LADA from all of you. So thanks for sharing all of your experience.
Five months in and I’m just getting used to this.
I had my first follow up appointment with my Endo, since being diagnosed with LADA about five months ago. I was so nervous that I was up half the night. My A1C dropped from 11.3 to 5.2 in five months! Obviously, my pancreas is still providing some support. But the initial combo of Lantus/Metformin/Amaryl seems to have worked pretty well in rapidly bringing down my numbers without having too many overwhelming things to learn.
That said, I’ll be dropping the SU and switching to Novolog for meal time coverage. Thanks for pointing me to look into the SU drugs, @Brian_BSC, @David_dns, and @Melitta. I think it was good for me to have an easier regimen for a few months that got my numbers in shape. I think I’m mentally prepared now to start learning the nuances of MDI, whereas jumping into it from the start might have frustrated me. (And my 3.5 year old son can watch and start asking me thousands of questions! He’s going to be fascinated by the whole process.)
A couple of quick questions: I have Think Like a Pancreas and Walsh’s Using Insulin which I plan to consult for working on my MDI regimen, are there other other resources that I should consult. It seems like there is plenty to keep me busy with these two books. The endo gave me some fairly vague orders. I’ve already read the basics in the books; I think he basically trusts that I will figure this out on my own.
One other thing that surprised me. I test about six times a day (more with strenuous exercise, illness, etc.) My meter had my EAG at 120, so I was expecting an AIC of around 5.8 or more, as most of what I’ve read seems to imply that actual A1C levels are slightly higher than meter averages.
I am currently using a VerioFlex. I test with control solution occasionally and it is within range. Does anyone have experience with this particular model of meter just reading high? Or is this kind of variation from meter to blood test (0.6) typically normal?