San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Jun 21 2012
Flozin in Time
Putting aside all the crummy problems that come with diabetes, it’s a pleasure to watch good minds in action as they focus on how to control, and eventually defeat, the disease. One of the best places to see what they’ve come up with is the ...
Jun 18 2012
Buying Time Before Insulin
Last week I wrote about my high blood glucose levels and my doctor’s recommendation that I begin taking insulin. I agreed and signed up to take a course on how to prepare insulin and use a syringe. As I write this, I’m waiting to confirm my...
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 ...
Jun 11 2012
Unwelcome Wonders Never Cease
I’ve mentioned before that I occasionally participate in drug trials for my endocrinologist. The arrangement is very enticing: I get regular checkups, including ECGs and blood tests. Sometimes the test sponsor pays for my regular diabetes medic...
Jun 08 2012
The Pattern Detectors, Part 2: Establishing a Test Pattern
Here is a series of steps I mentioned in my last blog for learning about your blood glucose patterns and how they are affected by diet, exercise, medications, and your own unique physiology. Learn how to test yourself. This means knowing how...
Jun 05 2012
The Pattern Detectors: Part 1
Temple Grandin is an autistic college professor known for two things: First, her high degree of social skill has made her the rare autistic person who can communicate the perceptions and thought processes of autistic people to the larger world....
May 29 2012
Little Machines of Loving Grace
In 1967 Richard Brautigan wrote a poem about a paradise where humans who had forgotten how to be responsible adults were protected from their ignorance by “machines of loving grace.” While I never liked the poem for imagining a post-industrial ...
May 24 2012
My Friend’s Eye View of Diabetes
I have a friend I pal around with for a day every few months. We’ll go into town with some sort of grown-up, goal-oriented theme, such as visiting rooftop parks or checking out produce markets in Chinatown—anything to make us feel less guilty a...
May 21 2012
The Fat Lady Is Singing
We’ve all had the experience where experts say something is good for us only to find out later that they’ve changed their minds. Coffee is bad for you; now it’s good for you. Multivitamins are good for you; now they’re unnecessary. Gl...
May 17 2012
Is Neuropathy About to Get Its Comeuppance?
There’s some hopeful news for type 2s who suffer from diabetic neuropathy: A team of British researchers has found how high blood sugar levels lead to painful nerve damage in limbs, especially feet. While the medical community has known for ...