San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Sep 06 2012
Ulysses and the Seven Siren Cheetos
My wife, who is extremely slender and has never suffered from being an ounce overweight, rediscovered the Cheeto about two years ago. The Cheeto, as we all know, is the devilish combination of salt and tangy, orange-y fat that the Frito-Lay C...
Aug 31 2012
Spreading the Word about Type 1 Diabetes
For several years I’ve been writing news summaries and filling in as a back-up feature writer and copy editor for a diabetes publication. Today the editor asked me to look over an article by one of our best writers, a type 1 woman who lives ...
Aug 28 2012
Will Type 2s be the New Gurus?
I set aside a few bucks each month and when the total reaches $80 or $100 send the money to an international non-profit organization called Heiferthat offers relief to families in need by providing them with a long-term food source. Twenty dol...
Aug 24 2012
Bobbing on the Sargasso Sea
The Sargasso Sea is a section of the Atlantic Ocean that almost every sailor on earth knows about and fears. It’s not that the sea has dragons, or violent weather, or pirates, or unexplained disappearances. What it has is nothing, as in no wi...
Aug 23 2012
My friend Mike has a sixth sense when it comes to finding bargains. A few years ago, he heard that a long-time San Francisco Giants baseball team season ticket holder was looking to sell her rights to two prime seats at the Club Level above hom...
Aug 17 2012
Paul Floats on Air
My type 2 neighbor Paul, whose pessimistic outlook I wrote about recently, is a new man. He went to an endocrinologist a few days ago to discuss a long list of questions, fears, and concerns about his condition. Is his A1c low enough? Too lo...
Aug 14 2012
Nostalgia Just Isn't What It Used to Be
The French are masters at coming up with descriptions that we English speakers just grab and use because even our great language just can’t say it as well. Nostalgia is one of those words, from the French nostalgie, a version of the German word ...
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 ...
Aug 06 2012
High Tech, High Touch
I spent last weekend working with several people located in far parts of the country putting together a funding proposal for a study aimed at older type 2s. The study is designed to see how effective a mentoring program aimed at type 2s ages 65...
Aug 02 2012
A New Throwing Stick for Type 2?
I remember the first time I saw a throwing stick attached to a spear. The stick works as an additional lever that aids the primary lever—the arm—in hurling the spear. Ancient man’s invention of it made it possible to toss spears with greater force...