Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bayer A1CNow Self Check System & John Cusack

After I wrote Monday’s post (and BIG THANKS for all the wonderful comments my friends, I really appreciate them and love you guys so much!)
I decided to get on with the whole lower A1C ball rolling!

A few months ago Bayer sent me their A1CNow Self Check System, and I was really looking forward to giving it a try.

But then life got busy with diaversaries, National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day, and then there was the holidays.....OK, I kinda let it sit on my shelf of diabetes products for review.

And FINALLY, right after I wrote my post, I decided to use it!

I have to admit, it was much easier than I thought it would be.


The test kit contained two tests (there were actually 2 pouches, each containing a test complete with a shaker for the tiny amount of blood required and a test cartridge that slid into place on the tester), a lancing device (that didn’t hurt,) and an instructional DVD that had instructions in both English and Spanish.

YES, the box does say 6.3 *SIGH*

Tester with cartridge cartridge locked and loaded

Like I said, from start to finish, the whole test took 5 minutes.

And the A1C tester did the countdown for me!

And my results?

WAIT FOR IT...............

WAIT FOR IT..................


Ah yes, the familiar 7.3 - The same exact number as my last A1C from the lab 5 months ago.

The very same number that has become both my stalker and the bane of my existence.

Perhaps I should play the lottery and only choose numbers that can be onlyderived from 7.3

Maybe 7.3 should become more war cry???

7+3 =10.

Being considered a 10 means your a babe, and that you can run in slow motion in real life.

And lord knows I've aspired both -She said sarcastically between snarky laughs!

When I Googled 7.3 for shits and giggles, the Ford Powerstroke 7.3L Turbo Diesel Engine was the first thing that came up? Hmmmm, interesting.

The first non Ford Powerstroke 7.3L Turbo Diesel item that came up was the 2003 movie Identity, starring John Cusack - VERY INTERESTING!

Perhaps the universe is trying to tell me that my body is like an engine and that John Cusack is my…. mechanic? Why yes indeed powers of the universe that be, I certainly think that John Cusack could rev up my engine quite nicely, but that’s for another post entirely ;)

The good news:

  1. Bayer’s A1C At Home Test is super easy to use
  2. Even though I’m not thrilled with the number 7.3, at least I know where I’m starting and where I need to go
  3. I have my endo appointment in 6 weeks, which means I have some time to get the number down. I’m going to aim for 6.9/7.0
  4. In five weeks, I’ll go to my lab and get my A1C blood work drawn for my Endo appointment, and then I’ll take give the 2nd Bayer A1cNow At-Home A1c test a try and see how they match up!
  5. Hope floats, diabetes technology is KEY to our good health, and I have both!

All in all, not a terrible place to be.


Robin said...

7.3 seems to be our recurring number too. At least I know were in good company. :)

Ronnie the poor diabetic said...

I have a an amazing secret Nigerian potion that will knock down a % point a week off your a1c guaranteed. Just I imagine in six weeks your a1c would be a thinning 1.3% without having to do anything on your part. LOL
Seriously though the 7.3 is not such a bad place to start and work your way back, am still in the 8's last time I checked.Here are motivating vibes your way Kelly..:)

Martin Wood said...

I think that should be the new trend, Google your A1C and pick the most entertaining results to share. Might help us in shrugging off the guilt when it's not what we expect. Great post K2!

Cara said...

There always seems to be a number that 'gets' us. I got stuck at 6.9 FOREVER. I had been lower and then got stuck at 6.9. I hated that number for the longest time.
But I'm glad that test is easy to use. I had wondered about it. :)

SarahK said...

I used to love using those tests (never used to be more than .2 off) until one kit (both tests)came up at 7.2 when the next day, my endo office showed 6.1, so I tend not to trust them anymore. Not to mention paying $30 for it to be wrong. Seriously not trying to be a bummer tho, just sharing my experience. :-)

Kaitake said...

Very interesting, I had seen these kits on their website and wondered about them. Congrats on the 7.3 too! :)

Meri said...

I can't wait to see how they match up!

This post made me smile. You always put me in a good mood...just sayin'. :)

Laura said...

Oooh - I just bought 2 of these at CVS. They are on sale for $9.99. I can't wait to hear about the accuracy compared to your a1c from the doc.

For the record - I think you are amazing - a perfect 10!!

Karen said...

Thanks for the review - I've been wanting to try these out and I have a coupon too so I'll be buying one soon. I'm super interested to see how the second on matches with your lab result.

Don't worry too much about the 7.3 - I think making it through the holiday season without your A1C going up is quite an accomplishment in itself. And mmmmmmmm, John Cusack!!