Tuesday, October 10, 2006


I'm sitting in a hard gray chair, sliding my hands up and down its chrome armrests.

Trying very hard to stay calm.

The kids, meanwhile, are having a blast.

Evan sits on Joseph's lap, his arms wrapped tightly around her waist, as he propels the two of them all over the exam room on the doctor's wheeled chair.

Evan cannot stop giggling.

What if it's like the last time? Or worse?

Finally, the door opens-- and there she is.

And my God, she's smiling.

Before she opens her mouth, I want to cry.

And then:

"How does 7.4 sound?"

I can't talk.

"Sandra, I really like what you're doing with Joseph's basal rates -- this is just beautiful. And Joseph, you've grown so much-- over an inch in three months."

"My goal is five feet," Joseph tells her with a grin. And then he jumps up off of her chair, puts Evan down next to me, and stands in front of the doc.

"Let's see if I'm as tall as you now."

She laughs, telling him: "Not yet, but really close-- by next visit for sure."


I know that he is so much more than what this number indicates.

But still.


I'm so happy, I could cry-- and though I didn't at that moment -- I'm crying now.


Anonymous said...

That is great! Congrats!

What are you feeding that kid? Over an inch in 3 months! :o) WOW!

It is nice when you see the fruits of your labor. You are such a great mom!

Lyrehca said...

Great number! Congrats to you and Joseph.

Any updates on J. and the girls at school? Those posts were hysterical!

Bernard said...


That's excellent, I hope that the great numbers continue. You're doing a wonderful job -- as a parent I know how hard that can be at the best of times!

bethany said...

that's great - i'm so happy for both of you! it's hard work but obviously you're doing something right. you're a great mom - keep it up!

Tekakwitha said...


Cheers to you and yours,


nicolep said...

Oh, Sandra! I'm so thrilled for Joseph - so thrilled for you.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Great job to both of you! To reign in any sort of control is tough when the target is moving (growing kid, etc)!

Way to go!

Shannon said...

I'm so envious of you getting the results while you're at the appt. Brendon had an appt last week and we're still waiting to hear.

I'm hoping for the same range A1C.

Good job!

art-sweet said...


Bravo Joseph!
Bravo Sandra!

Minnesota Nice said...

Sandra........oh, the numbers.......such a heavy investment in the numbers. But when they are a true reflection of determination, patience, and effort, it's time to step into the spotlight and take a bow.
Bask and savor.

Sandra Miller said...



I am still on cloud nine about this appointment. When I have more time, I hope to share some of the other wonderful things that came out during that visit...


I do need to sit down and update you all on the whole girl thing-- frankly, I'm still just trying to figure out how best to handle the situation...

You see, the plot has indeed thickened.

And Kathy-

Oh yes, there is much basking and savoring going on over here :-)

Anonymous said...

That is so fabulous! A good A1c is icing on the virtual diabetic cake. I know it is hard work well deserved for both you and Joseph!

Jamie said...

Wonderful numbers! Congrats to both you and Joseph for achieving 7.4!

Yes, I know our kids are much more than numbers - but it's still nice to see those 6's and 7's :)

You guys are doing great!

Penny said...

Sandra, I'm crying too. You and Joseph have done such a great job!!

It's hard not to focus on the numbers when you've been told that maintaining an in range A1C helps to prevent complications in the future. It's really hard to gauge how you're doing otherwise.

Allison said...


I love happy numbers! Woot woot.

::does a happy dance::

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! I am so happy for you both. Can't wait to hear about the thickened plot. tee hee.

Tiffany said...


Big, BIG pat on the back to both of you. You rock. Times 7.4 ;)

Elizabeth said...

Sandra (and Joseph)
Wonderful job on the numbers!

Take care,

Kerri. said...

Well done to you both! You guys should be proud of all the hard work you've done to achieve such terrific results.

... and I'm with Lyrehca on this one - What's with Joseph and all The Ladies???

terrilynn said...

That's fabulous!

type1emt said...

Way to go-that's great!

Rachel said...

great news!

Might be doing Thanksgiving in Madison...we'll see.

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