San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
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 08 2012
This Roman Was Right
The ancient Romans left behind many impressive things, including long-lasting aqueducts, outdoor theaters, and roads. Another durable thing they left behind was the dramatist Terence’s memorable recommendation, “moderation in all things.” Whe...
May 04 2012
My wife and I keep a list on our refrigerator of the greatest things people have invented—everything from zippers and manmade fire to insulin and smartphones. Trying to come up with things to add to it is one of our favorite pastimes. We bot...
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...
Apr 26 2012
The War of 2003, the Stalemate of 2012
It started out as a Crusade. Now I’m content with an armed truce. When my doctor bluntly told me that summer day in 2003, “You have diabetes,” his announcement wasn’t unexpected. I’d been having bouts of thirst and excessive urination for so...
Apr 24 2012
Resistance Is Not Futile!
A few years ago the History Channel produced a TV series called “Life After People,” a look at how earth and its creatures would change if humans suddenly disappeared. One of the things that I soon noticed in each episode was how quickly pla...
Apr 16 2012
Smelling the Honeysuckle is Great Exercise
After I was diagnosed with type 2, I became reacquainted with one great truth and one great joy. Both centered on walking. My diagnosing doctor had wagged his finger at me and said, “Get moving,” and for me the easiest way to do that was to s...
Apr 12 2012
Keep Watching the Skies!
In Howard Hawks’ classic 1951 sci-fi thriller, “The Thing from Another World,” a ravenous flesh-eating alien (actually an incredibly grumpy intelligent vegetable) is finally outsmarted and fried to death by a group of U.S. airmen after they fin...
Apr 10 2012
The expression “unintended consequences” usually applies to bad things that come from good intentions. For example, the noble goal of producing enough food for people to eat has created a worldwide epidemic of obesity. But sometimes an unint...