Twenty years ago at this time and on this date, I was being told that I had diabetes. I'd been sick since I returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my second semester in graduate school, and didn't seem to be getting better. It was a Monday, and I was back in the doctor's office because the results of my blood draw done on Friday showed a high sedimentation rate and that caused my doctor some concern. Well, enough concern that she called me back and insisted that I come in first…Continue
Do you remember where you were twenty years ago? Twenty years ago....1993....It seems at once both long ago and as if it were yesterday.
Twenty years ago, I was twenty six. I had received my M.A. in general psychology in December, having finished my thesis on reading comprehension and the "rapid serial visual presentation" technique (you know those flashing signs you see on the road? That's rapid serial visual presentation and research like mine helped show that people could grasp…Continue
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Ok, so I know that not all doctors are stupid, nor should they be called blankety-blanks. However, there are some who truly deserve this and at the moment, my mother's doctor is one who has earned this title.
My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me all those years ago and then again when she was pregnant with my brother. About 15 years ago, she developed type 2 diabetes. Metformin was the hot "new" drug back then and it caused her loads of…Continue
It's Thanksgiving Day here in the states, meaning it's time once again to reflect upon past year, the things that have happened and to remember the good things in our lives. Having diabetes, this is not always an easy task.
Nineteen Thanksgivings ago was my first Thanksgiving with diabetes. Thanksgiving always meant loads of food, especially mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pies. I remember feeling very depressed and again, deprived. My Thanksgiving traditions…Continue
Well, I had my 6 month check-in with my endo last week. Blood pressure was great, the monofilament test on my feet went well, and we agreed to continue my current treatment for my osteoporosis, since my bone density still isn't where it ought to be. Oh, the other good news is that I've been having fewer lows than before. In fact, I don't think I've really had a low since last December. That was the good news. The bad news? Well, it looks like I've shrunk 1/2" since 2008 -- down to 4'7 1/2".…Continue