One of the great parts about coming home? Having access to my doctors again, including the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. I was pretty grateful to walk back into that building and have my normal checkups that I have been missing for the last year.
I did plan heavily for the diabetes aspect of this trip, and I used all the modern technology available to me to manage my blood sugar levels and guesstimate my A1C (including a pump, CGM and at-home A1C kits). Still, there’s something nice to a doctor saying “Yep, I agree, you’re in good shape.”
With that in mind, I saw my endocrinologist and my eye doctor within two weeks of returning home. My A1C came in at 6.3%, which represents some hard work in Thailand, Bali and New Zealand. (6.3%! 6.3%! Just in case it isn’t clear, I’m beyond thrilled with that number). Additionally, my eyes are completely clear of any diabetes damage after twenty-six years with this disease.
I’m sharing my numbers simply as another example that it’s more than possible to travel long-term with diabetes, and do it in a healthy way.