San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Aug 09 2012
My Numbers Are Great. So What's Wrong With Me?
I’ve written about my neighbor, Paul (not his real name), who’s a type 2 like me. But when it comes to our diabetes, our formal designation as type 2s is really about all we have in common.Otherwise, we’re pretty different. I’ve taken metformin ...
Jul 31 2012
No Pony in the Manure
There's an old joke about twin brothers, one of whom is an incurable optimist. On their eighth birthday, the parents put a beautiful wooden rocking pony in one son’s room and a waist-deep pile of manure in the optimist’s room, hoping to teac...
Jul 25 2012
What Smoking Taught Me About Diabetes
I was a heavy smoker for 12 years. When I quit, I was up to two packs per day. I don’t know where I got the willpower, but by the time I’d gone three weeks without a smoke, I knew I was done with cigarettes forever.My older brother, who’d been smo...
Jul 18 2012
Not Yet on Needles or Pens
I went to my insulin management class this morning. It lasted 90 minutes and was an eye opener. The instructor, a certified diabetes educator, surprised me when she said that my recent experiment to try lowering my blood sugar averages with ste...
Jul 17 2012
Prioritizing Paul’s Fears
My neighbor Paul (not his real name) has type 2 diabetes and we often compare notes. He’s a bit of a hypochondriac, so when we discuss what going on with ourselves, certain of his fears emerge. So far, I’ve just listened. If you listen long e...
Jun 28 2012
The Symbiosis of Hope and Huckster
A couple of weekends ago my Sunday paper had a four-color, full-page ad from a chiropractic doctor who was inviting people to come on down to a suburban hotel, eat a fancy dinner (the ad had a photo of an expensive cut of roast being sliced on ...
Jun 14 2012
My Own Private Rubicon
The expression “to cross the Rubicon” means to make a choice that’s not only life-changing but may be impossible to undo. It comes from ancient Rome when the city tried to protect itself from generals who were coming off of big victories in ...
May 10 2012
My Pill Is Not My Savior
I’m lucky enough to have hooked up with a great endocrinologist who happens to be one of the people pharmaceutical companies rely on for Phase III trails of their anti-diabetes drugs. (Phase III trials are the last step before drugs go to the F...
May 03 2012
We type 2s know we should carry or wear medical alerts to let emergency doctors and technicians know about our condition. And we certainly want law enforcement people to be able recognize that what may look to them to be drunk and disorderly ...
Apr 27 2012
A Gathering Storm
It’s always prudent to check the horizon for oncoming storm clouds. Sailors and aviators do it all the time. So should people with diabetes. In our case as type 2s, there’s a gathering storm over how much other people will intervene in our l...