San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
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 ...
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 02 2012
Welcome to “It’s a Type 2 Life”
A publisher I once worked for had a policy about what you call people who have diabetes. “You call them ‘people with diabetes,’” he said. He hated the word “diabetic” because he thought it implied that diabetes is all that you are, and not jus...