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.
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