Despite doing everything pretty much by the book and even losing some weight, my labs were crappy. My A1c was higher and apparently my cholesterol (very low density lipoproteins aka VLDL) was not good, either. I was bummed out and pissed off that I'd even come to have the testing done.
My doctor was empathetic. She tried to be encouraging every time I came in. Even though none of us was happy with those numbers, she said my behavior was right on. She said to keep up the good work and not to get down.
With a different kind of doctor I'd be extremely nervous for my next appointment in light of what happened at my last few appointments. I'd be ashamed that my numbers weren't better and feel guilty for not being a better patient. But she's so great at encouraging me in the right direction that seeing her is not a source of fear at all. I feel very lucky.
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