Tidings of Joy

As I type this I am relaxing with a cup of coffee, with “Santa’s workshop” officially closed, awaiting time to open the Christmas kitchen, enjoying the last hours of peace before the holiday chaos (which I mostly enjoy) ensues. It occurred to me that in my hustle of the season and enduring a sinus infection over the last week I forgot to mention my results to my recent blood work.

If you have read much of this blog you know that my A1C was off the charts in August when I found out I’m a T2 diabetic: over 14. I’ve made some significant changes in my lifestyle to get this disease under control and was looking forward to seeing what three months of those changes would bring to my BG, triglycerides, cholesterol, and other numbers. It was odd to be looking so forward to a doctor appointment!

The reports showed that my efforts had paid off; my A1C is now 5.2, well in the normal, non-diabetic range! This doesn’t mean I’m not a diabetic anymore: I am and always will be unless a cure is found. It does mean that I’ve made substantial strides towards mater the disease rather than being a slave to it, as I like to say. My other numbers were, in my PCP’s words “excellent”, though I don’t recall what they were; I was too happy with the A1C to even listen to the other numbers.

I feel much better, too, overall. I am closer to being “me” than I have been in over a year. I am moving and doing more than I have in a long time and enjoying life and my family and friends and hobbies more than I have in ages. And I have no reason to think it will do anything but get better with time.

I am truly abundantly blessed, this year and always, really. My health is improving, I’m happier, I have my family, and I have my Savior, Jesus, whose birth we celebrate today. It is with the sincerest heart I can say that I am writing this today with tiding of joy.

Merry Christmas, my friends, and may God richly bless your holiday season.

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