San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
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...
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 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 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...
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...