Don’t dismiss paper forms and lists as powerful tools in managing diabetes.
The simple act of writing something down raises the level of awareness of the action you have taken or are about to take. In turn, this means that you are more likely to do a little self-critique (even subconsciously) to assess how you are doing. Also, if you know what you should have done, this is particularly good feedback.
Since most of us tend not to live tethered to a computer, writing it down is a convenient way to remember the details, including any notes, that should be logged in your digital diary, like My Project Diabetes, later.
Personally, I think another good reason to write it down is the value of “touching” your numbers. When we write something down we have “touched” it and have a sense of how it feels. We can associate that feeling with our physical state at the moment and recall it later when we have a similar experience. For the person with diabetes, especially, knowing what low blood sugar feels like is very important.
So, even though we are big fans of online tracking diaries, we’re also big fans of writing it down. Do you know how your numbers feel?
Woody Runner is Founder and CEO of Three Questions, LLC which operates Project Diabetes as part of My Health Projects. Three Questions also operates Healthcare Fellowship Networks. Woody.Runner@ThreeQuestions.net