Last Monday I went to the doctor for my quarterly visit to get new prescriptions and paper work for my 3 month blood work.
I could have gone on Tuesday to get the blood work done, but decided that I’d go Wednesday morning instead. Then I decided to run Wednesday morning and postponed it to Thursday. That didn’t work out either and neither did Friday. Over the weekend I realized I wasn’t putting it off because I don’t have the time (it usually takes no more than an hour and it’s only 5 minutes away). The reason I’ve been putting it off is because I’m scared of the results.
Last time I got blood work done, three months ago, I had been on a very low carbohydrate diet for most of the three months preceding the blood test. I was following a strict paleo diet and I hadn’t really started intensive marathon training. I went to get my blood work done expecting a good result. When the results came in a few days later I was happy and surprised – my HbA1c was 6. I hadn’t had such a low result in eight years and I decided to try to do even better.
That was at the end of October (2010) and since then I have run a half marathon a 30k race and a marathon and many more long runs in between. This sort of training has required a change in my diet – the addition of what most would consider a normal amount of carbs but what to me is a very substantial change. I tried to cover all the additional carbohydrates with insulin but it hasn’t been easy keeping my numbers down while balancing the carbs, insulin and running. The truth is that I find it easy to keep my numbers down while on a very low carb diet but once a little carbohydrate is introduced all hell breaks loose.
I know, or at least I’m pretty sure, my numbers have not been as good as they were before the previous blood tests and I’m expecting a disappointing result. The one thing I can say to my defense is that I’ve had very few lows during the last 3 months. (Though I still have some issues with nighttime lows that need to be dealt with.)
So after I realized that I am just trying to avoid getting a disappointing result, I made up my mind to go first thing Monday morning and get the blood test over with. I hope I’m wrong but if not I’ll just have to deal.