Diabetes Self-Management Blog

What follows in this week’s blog entry is — for the most part — a nonnarrative about a few things regarding my self-management. Often I write about what’s happened in the past week or so, but the last week has been rather uneventful in my diabetes life. This morning as I took the dog on her hour-long walk, I tried but could not think of anything to write about this week. It’s a problem that doesn’t happen to me too often, because I can usually take a seemingly insignificant aspect of my life with diabetes and spin it out into a good thousand-word blog entry.

Today, however, it’s just not happening, in large part due to late nights with a new video game and some foggy-headed mornings. I keep wanting to write about my insulin pump basal pattern and how I try to hold it about 20 mg/dl lower than recommended, and why I do that, but I can’t find a way into that entry. Maybe next week?

So here are three bullet points for my blog this week:

  • The way I control my Type 1 diabetes works. How do I control my Type 1 diabetes? Do you have a few days to listen to me? Through this blog I’ve written about my self-management style for the past two years. I wish I could boil everything down to a simple list of five things I do that have me where I am today in my diabetes care. But I can’t be that reductive. There are so many little things. So, so many.
  • The way I control my diabetes works for me. Oh, I always want to provide a disclaimer for each blog entry that would say “Eric Lagergren is writing only about his self-management, and while it works for him and he’s happy with it, he is not trying to influence your care.” Most of you know that. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t advocate doing what I’m doing. Not because my self-management is wrong. No. In fact, I think (actually, I know) that I’m doing a great job controlling this condition. But it’s my self-management style. It’s not that I am using unorthodox methods; it’s because I’m one man trying to deal with my condition in the best way I know how. I’m not an endocrinologist, a diabetes educator, or any type of diabetes professional (and that’s why I don’t respond to comments asking for advice that falls into the medical realm).
  • The way I control my diabetes is not your way to control your diabetes. I mean, yeah, I know that. No one tries to live a life based on my self-management style (ha!). So don’t think I’m lobbying to turn everyone into Eric Lagergren self-management disciples. I am serious though when I say that I would not want anyone to read something on this blog about what I do to manage my diabetes and try to implement it in their care routine without a discussion with a doctor. Each one of us must manage our diabetes in our own way, based on our own body’s reaction to pretty much everything. I learned early on that living life as someone using insulin to control my Type 1 diabetes is a personal thing, despite the tons of literature out there and the many, many, many Web pages that provide primers on how to live well and effectively manage your diabetes.

  1. Yes. Managing one’s diabetes is a personal thing, as my diabetes does not affect anyone else (physically: my diabetes, my body) but me. If what I do works for me, that is all I need to be concerned about. The problem that I have is that the management has become the absolute center of my life, and not a part of my live that enables me to live my life with health and vigor. Right now, I feel that living with diabetes is a martydom, as “it” is not well managed and I am having low lows and highs. I have to figure out what I am doing wrong, correct it and expect good results. My doctor gives me the best advise there is. My difficulties include dealing with other intrusive medical problems, the stress of being a Hurricane Ike victim (the only time that I will use that word in relation to my personal self)and the many strikes life has dealt me. What comes after martydom?

    Posted by Millie |

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