I am not an expert in maintaining an appropriate A1c. Now mine is really good and I can tell people how I personally achieve that number, but I can’t guarantee the same steps would produce the same results for them. My target is my target. I wouldn’t aim for the same goal as a growing child. Or if I didn’t have a primarily desk job. Or if I was chasing around little kids that I was responsible for each day.
I am not an expert in diabetes devices. I wear a “tubed” pump and a (currently) non-integrated CGM. I picked those devices specifically for my lifestyle. They work for me. I appreciate that other devices work best for the lifestyles of other people. I couldn’t even tell you the first thing about how to manage diabetes with insulin pens since I have never used one.
I am not an expert in CGM technology. I have been wearing a CGM every day since September 2010. I like having all that data. I like knowing what my blood sugar is doing before I begin a presentation. I understand how all that information could cause overload and burnout for some people with diabetes and I understand why they might want to take a break.
I am not an expert in bolusing for meals. I pre-bolus most days 20-25 minutes before breakfast because I end up over 250 everyday otherwise. I eat fast food whenever I feel like it. I have the dual wave and/or combo wave boluses mastered for my favorite foods. However when I was at In N Out with some friends with diabetes in March, I proved that my combo bolus is not “your” combo bolus. Half the group ended up too high after the meal and the other half was too low.
I am not an expert in blogging. As of today, I have been writing on this blog for six years and sixteen days. I have written 769 posts. There have been months when I wrote every day that month. There have been a few months when I didn’t write anything at all. I have much respect for people who can write every day. I am not sure I have that much to say.
I am also not an expert in blog topics. I have written about the daily challenges of living with diabetes and sometimes even how it affects my view of politics, religion, books, products, friends, cats, and everything in between. I don’t write about the FDA because I don’t understand it. I don’t write about being a child with diabetes or raising a child with diabetes because I have no idea about either of those topics. Everything I write is my own opinion. I speak for myself and no one else.
I am not an expert in Twitter. At some point today I tweeted my 18,100th tweet. That is roughly 2.5 million characters. I still have no idea what I am doing and I know I miss some great tweets every day.
I am not an expert in diabetes. I have a college degree. I graduated with high honors. Heck, I even have a master’s degree. Neither one of my degrees have anything to do with diabetes.
The title of this post is a lie. There is one thing in which I AM an expert. There is one thing I know more about than any other person.