I had my 6 month endoc appointment last week. My A1C was 7.0. I usually hover closer to 6.5, but the 7.0 was not unexpected based on my meter lately. Doc briefly looked at the very recent history on my meters and let's just say it had been a bad night/morning. Mystery mexican meal not long before going to bed (135) resulting in a lousy midnight high (350), which I brought safely down to 112 by morning. Then out for my morning run, and dropped to 65 in the first couple miles, so gobbled a few shot blocks went on a nice rebound (252) by the time I arrived at the endoc appt. So she looked at the last few meter readings I had taken, and we talked about the volatility and how that's bad, the possibility of restarting my CGM, and scheduled the next appt.
When I got home, I looked the printout from the visit, and under "Impression" it included the words: "Type 1 Uncontrolled". I supposed if you only look at those few recent numbers it could leave that impression. And in her defense, I had not done a good job of preparing printouts and such for this appt. But had she at least downloaded my meters to see more than the last 24 hours, I think it would have shown a more real picture.
19 years of dealing with Type 1, and this is the first time (that I know of) that I've been labeled this way. I've tried the mental cheerleading approach, you know..."I'll use this to motivate me to get back closer to that 6.5". I've also tried the "It really doesn't matter what label some relative stranger puts on me, it's my life, and my job to deal with this as I see fit". But so far I keep coming back to being angry and frustrated with being labeled. I test my BG an avg of 7 times/day, do my best counting carbs and bolusing appropriately, train for triathlons and running races almost every day, and "uncontrolled"? Really?