Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Hi, again. It’s me, returning after eight weeks off.

I trust that none of you have missed my blogging too much during June and July! If you’ve sighed with relief every Thursday when you realize you’ve been spared another entry about Eric Lagergren’s life with diabetes, well, I’m sorry to have to say to you: I’m baaaaaaaack.

I’m glad to be back. It’s been a summer filled with quality time with friends and family, a couple of smaller vacations, and lots of down time with good books, gardening, some fun video gaming, and other leisurely pursuits. It’s also been a summer that has seen my return to the gym, which in the weeks to come I plan to blog about.

This week’s blog post is really quite a hodgepodge of teasers of the types of entries you can expect from me as the months unfold, topics or themes I plan on writing in more detail about.

Being away from writing a weekly entry about what it’s like living with diabetes was a somewhat odd experience. See, over the past three years, I’d grown accustomed to thinking about my life with Type 1 diabetes not just as a way to make it through my day-to-day life healthy and complication-free; I also was responsible for figuring out what aspects of my diabetic life were worth sharing with a larger audience of people I don’t know, and how I’d share my experiences with them, with you, and how — or if — it might matter.

When you’ve set up a routine that holds you to examining how you live life with a chronic illness by writing about it, that simple action, be it a couple hours a week, thirty minutes a day, or sometimes just thirty minutes in an entire week (those inspired entries!) changes how you live that life. It alters how you manage your illness. In fact, I’d argue that there’s an overwhelming possibility that you’re going to have better self-management of your diabetes.

I knew (or suspected) that a weekly deadline for a blog entry about my diabetic life would help me better manage my illness. It’s why, a few months after I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March of 2007, I sent the Web editor at Diabetes Self-Management a proposal for this newly diagnosed Type 1 adult’s blog. What I didn’t know, however — because I’d never taken an extended break from blogging — was, despite the fact that on occasion the blog would seem a duty, a burden, or just another thing that week I didn’t want to do, how important it would come to be for how I see myself as someone with this chronic illness. To spend some time each week examining my life with Type 1 diabetes is important, and whether I do it publicly or privately doesn’t matter. That I do it, that I spend some quiet time thinking about living with this thing diabetes: that’s what matters.

So I plan, over the next few months (in addition to the other topics that come up) to write about writing about diabetes. I also have an entry planned on the bizarre experience of being absolutely stuffed with a delicious meal (from my wife’s birthday dinner) and yet seeing my blood glucose an hour later dip too low. To have a hypoglycemic episode an not feel any desire to eat anything? That was truly a first for me. I also wish to contemplate my HbA1C and how lately I’ve let the worry about its fluctuation lessen from what it used to be. I may even write about a recent daylong microbrewery tour I took with friends, and how I managed the ten-hour trip with an average blood-glucose of about 130 mg/dl the entire day (and believe me, I had a pocket of about twenty used test strips by the time we returned home).

Anyway, welcome back to my blog. It’s good to be here again.

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  1. Welcome back Eric!

    I have missed your blog so much these past 8 weeks. Even though I’m type 2, so many of the things you write about apply to my diabetes management as well as management of my other chronic conditions. And I just really enjoy the way you write.

    So I’m glad to look forward to Thursdays again to see your smiling face (funny how it never changes…) and read about the latest in your life and how it plays into your diabetes management (or not).

    Glad you had a good vacation from blogging.

    Deb

    Posted by Deb |
  2. Welcome back, Eric! I’m glad you had a good vacation. I’m looking forward to reading you blogs and YES I’ve missed you.

    Posted by Mary |
  3. Welcome back Eric I missed you.

    Posted by Calgarydiabetic |
  4. Welcome back, Eric!!
    I apreciate your honesty in dicussing your T1 diabetes. I too, have T1. It’s gratifying to read of your struggles. I’m trying to get there myself.
    Thank for the support!

    Posted by misskitty |
  5. I was gone too, leaving my home in the Pacific NW to spend time with cousins in the Midwest. Different ideas of food but also a different activity level. It was constant trying to keep the blood sugars even, but I did it. It will be interesting to compare how we managed our lives. Thanks for being you.

    Posted by Cathy A, |
  6. Eric, your blog entry is often the only thing I read (or should I more politely say the first thing I read)in the newsletter. Yes, you were missed very much, and you should feel good that your writing means so much to a large group of people. Looking forward to next Wednesday to read your next entry. Hugs to you.

    Posted by sue d. |
  7. Good to have you back, and glad you had a good vacation Eric. I always look forward to reading your blog; know that you have many readers out here who appreciate what you do for all of us. Thank you!

    Posted by Dan |
  8. Still hope for non-invasive glucose measurement. Check this news release! “US Patent Office ruled Oculir patent invalid”. I always thought this was a promising technology. The reason behind shut down is because their patent was based on someone else’s patents, a doctor from Yale.

    Posted by boddhi |

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