Diaguy (Legend In His Own Mind)
Have you met Diaguy? If you have you will never forget him. He is employed at the local hospital mostly as a janitor, though he does get to sweep the lab occasionally. But Diaguy will never willingly tell you about what he does. He is a sleek guy, he carries his pump low and he will tell all who listen that he can draw it low and slow for that quick, unsuspecting bolus. He often hangs at the bar impressing…Continue
While doing birthday greetings this morning I went to the page for “Bebo321” and she has a simple yet provocative question on her page. “Diabetes blogging, how do you advocate”? I suppose it is provocative for me since I started blogging.
By the way this is blog number 131, of my personal commitment to write 200 blogs. So I have written 130 blogs, and Bebo on her page asked the question, how do you…Continue
On December 1, 2012 my father passed after a brief illness, he was 78. Dad was fairly private man who liked to laugh, enjoyed a good joke (mostly on others) and above all else and obeyed authority, even if he mocked it in private. Dad was not well educated, but like the lyric of the Paul Simon song, Kodachrome ‘he could read the reading on the wall’. I loved that about my dad and I think he taught me that, though…Continue
Autoimmune disease and Mental Health Issues
An article appeared yesterday in the Sunday USA Today concerning mental health concerns and inflammation caused by the auto immune system (Weintraub, 2013). The article is interesting of course for type 1 diabetics who suffer from an autoimmune disorder which is the root cause of the disease. The article does not speak directly to diabetes, but it does offer some interesting…Continue
Added by rick phillips on December 2, 2013 at 5:44am — No Comments
This new article on Medscape shines a small amount of light on the subject you might have to signup to read so I will paste Some highlights here.…
First off I'm not qualified to answer the question. FYI I take 150mg 2 to 3 times a week usually at night really more for it's anti-inflammatory and painkiller properties rather…Continue
The Miami Dolphins are dealing with the aftermath of a hazing incident. At this point it is difficult to know for certain what the results will be, it seems that this has devolved into a he said, he said controversy. And the ugliness of the back and forth is almost unparalleled in the public arena of professional sport. I have no idea who is liable, if any one, and reading about the situation does not add much…Continue
World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2013 will be World Diabetes day. The day was chosen deliberately since it is the birthday of Fredrick Banting (the man credited with discovering Insulin) who was born November 14, 1891. Mr. Banting shared the Nobel Prize with John Macleod who was the administrative department head of the meager department in which Banting worked. The Research took place at the University of…Continue
Munchausen’s by Health Care
I have a bacterial infection in my skin that occasionally creates open sores starting on my ankles and if left untreated it if will cover most of my body. The infection is thought to be persistent, that means that while using a particular antibiotic it can be beat back and tamed, but not cured. It attacks the hair follicles on my legs, arms and back. The temporary fix for this mess is an…Continue
Is your bag packed?
Is your bag packed? Those were the very words my Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) used to let me know I had been approved for pump therapy. I thought first she was talking about going to training. I admit I was a little shell shocked when she said it. I thought seriously about saying no, I had never needed a ready bag so no, my bag was not packed.
Of course that is not what she was talking about…Continue
I try to not blog about a movie, but this one is worth talking about. I will not give it a full blown review, if you would like read my review, please go to Dinner and Movie and take a look. Here is the web site:
Fasting Lipid Panel
I hate to fast twice a year for a lipid panel. My cardiologist, a very competent and well-meaning lady, assigns her lipid panel follow up to Nurse Ratchet. Nurse Ratched follows lipid panels like a dog chasing a meaty bone. Today I am in her cross hairs.
It started with Nurse Ratched calling me with the news. I had been selected in the bi annual - monthly draw of lipid panel intrusion. Oh I knew…Continue
Joni Mitchell is 70. Well she will be on November 7, 2013. I know many of you have no idea who Joni Mitchell is or why I am morning her age. However, if I tell you the lyrics to her most famous song “Big Yellow Taxi” you might recognize her music. The song in part goes as follows:
“They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel *, a boutique
And a swinging hot…
Added by rick phillips on October 21, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
One of the most talked about and least believed topics on diabetic web sites is the promise of “The Cure”. We take the issue of a “Cure “ very seriously and I have seen diabetics argue not just about the timing of a “cure” but also and more importantly the definition of a “cure”. I do not have inside information about this issue and I sincerely doubt anyone truly can answer all the questions about what a “cure”…Continue
Added by rick phillips on October 17, 2013 at 4:03am — No Comments
Report of the early morning Diacrap diver
Blog number 100 of 200 planned
This morning I woke up in a frenzy, at 2:30 AM I strapped on my snorkel device and went diacrap diving. This is my report from the bottom of the bottomless pit that was the most dangerous thing I have done in recent memory. I hope that giving this report will help others avoid the same pitfalls I found.
To begin with you should understand that we have lived…Continue
Two items caught my eye in the October 2013 issue of Diabetes forecast. The first is a study reported in JAMA Pediatrics online published 2013. It reports a small German Study of 148 babies who had respiratory infections during the first year of life increases the child’s risk of being diagnosed with Type 1 by age 3. The Diabetes Forecast article may be viewed at:…Continue
DIACOPS ON THE BEAT
Have you heard of the new reality series? It is named Diacops and their mission is to locate, arrest and lockup diabetes. Diacops are young, aggressive, hunks and babes who work in Los Angeles. Their headquarters are in a trendy neighborhood, in a restored beautiful 1930’s mansion. This is intentional so that the Diacops are constantly reminded about the origin of their mission, and the days immediately…Continue
I had to go out early today because of a grooming appointment (dog not me), I was coming home and I noticed this car in front of me with no tail lights. I mean nothing. It turned and of course everyone slammed on their breaks and flipped around the corner. Well I and let’s conservatively say 4 others were “ahh “surprised. The 4 of us, well likely 4, had a big reaction. It seemed the driver went as close to the…Continue
I am hearing a lot about this new drug for diabetics called Symlin. I first heard about it from one of my diabuddies, but wasn’t sure of how I felt about it right away. Then we had another group meeting and another diabetic is now going to go on Symlin. I decided to look more into it. Apparently, this new drug helps you to gain better control of your glucose levels and also helps the promotion of weight loss....…Continue
What has helped you stay on track during times of transition? Read how Dr. Jennifer Raymond, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Barbara Davis Center helps adolescents with transition using a team approach in our latest Discuss Diabetes post . Best, Laura K.
Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on August 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments