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August 5, 2010
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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