I know that we are told, time and time again, not to look at the A1c as a "report card". But in a lot of ways, that's really what it is. It's a literal progress report of out last 3 months of blood sugars. Just like in school, we get an average of our "grades".
In school a 90 is a good, solid average. Not perfect, but not bad either. But in that average of 90, there may be five 100's and a 60.
In our A1c, we may have a great number, but have some days that we could get below 180. Or a day that we fought lows all day and had several numbers lower than 75.
In both cases it is an average.
I have been reading blogs on a pretty regular basis. There have been several in the past couple of weeks that are talking about recent A1c results. One was thrilled with a 6.8. Another happy with a 7.1.
To me, this is where A1c's stop being report cards. It's not about reaching a certain number. It's about feeling your best and doing what you can to make progress toward a better number. For me, I want to be in the low 6's. But for someone else, who has more trouble or who has had a history of higher numbers, reaching 7.0 might be a proud moment.
So what's an "A" on my report card, might not be an "A" for you. And that's okay.
I say, set your own goals, with the help of your doctor, and reach for those goals. Don't compare yourself to me and I won't compare myself to you.
On that note, I go to get blood work done this week to prepare for my endo appointment on the 26th. Wish me luck.