Free A1C tests

CVS is offering free HbA1C tests from May 9th, 2010 to June 12, 2010. Sadly the service is not available in Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

If you never heard of the HbA1C test, this test shows your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months. This is a nice way to show your average glucose control. Diabetics have a goal of reaching 7% or lower score. Non-diabetics tend to have numbers around 3.0% to 6.5%.

For more info on the free tests, see CVS’s page at-

Sick Days

Person holding a tissue over their nose

This has not been a great week for me health-wise. I started the week with a case of food poisoning. I’m guessing that was just enough hit to my immune system to allow me to catch a nasty cold. Blah. I had to dip into my records to find my sick day plan. I should have looked at it sooner, because it didn’t quite match up with my current healthy day plan. Blah again! It took a bit to get it working right. Honestly, looking at my last blood sugar reading, it still needs a bit of tweaking.

Looking for information on how to make your own sick day plan? Talk to your health care team. Also, here are some good links:

leftover Halloween candy

How are people doing after Halloween? Me…not so good. We only had around 10 kids show up on Halloween so we have (no exageration) a punch bowl full of candy left. And, I have to admit, I can’t stop nibbling on the darn things…

How are you guys doing? Are you dealing with Halloween and diabetes better than me? Any tips?



Wow, with all my work, I completely forgot to keep posting on this blog… Well, I am fine, just working hard.

My last blood sugar numbers were much improved, but still not where I would like. But, I guess any step in the right direction is good. On the other hand….my daughter starting school has changed my schedule, so my numbers might have gotten higher, at least for the short term. I just need to figure out a way to have the schedule work for me.

I didn’t forget the glucometer review. It should be up within the week. Overall, it has been working well.

I’ve added a “Cure Diabetes” shirt to my Cafepress site.

 Cure Diabetes Golf Shirt

What do you think?


Software, part 2

A sad faceI’ve been using the OneTouch Software. It is pretty easy to use, but it has one frustrating thing…every once in a while it is looking for a .msi file. I think, for some reason, it is trying to install something. My guess is that it has something to do with sound, because it is looking for a particular sound .msi file. But, that file isn’t on my hard drive, so every few minutes it looks for it again. I didn’t remember the software before, but I do now… I remember the last time I had OneTouch it did the same darn thing. And I was just as annoyed with it. In fact, I am pretty sure this is why I stopped using it years ago. Sigh, it has been years since I used OneTouch…you would figure it would be fixed by now.

Does anyone else have the same problem with this software? Did you manage to fix it?

One Touch Software

One Touch software CD and the USB cableThe OneTouch software finally arrived in the mail. I used InTouch a while ago, but I couldn’t remember if I used OneTouch. If I did, it was on the computer that died.

It was pretty easy to install and my numbers were downloaded around 15 minutes later.

But, do you know what I noticed after I saw the ugly report page — red…lots of red, and quite a few yellows. For those who don’t have the software, that shows highs and hypos. It seems my diabetic control is much worse than I thought…Ugh.

I guess it proves that I need to stay on top of my numbers more. Sigh…