The Value Of Education
I watched Manny’s wonderful video located at (http://www.tudiabetes.org/video/type-1-and-type-2-learning) which discusses the community reaction and learning for those with T1 and T2 Diabetes. One thing that always strikes me, no many how many times I watch it, is the subtle question “why did I come to TUDiabetes in the first…Continue
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
This 1964 Stanley Kubrick, movie is considered a classic. The movie is a dark comedy set in the early 1960’s. In 1998 The American Film Institute (AFI) rated it the 26th best movie of the first 100 years of film. And in 2002 it was give the designation of the 5th best comedy of the first 100 years of film,…Continue
“Don’t take anything personally,” Don Miguel Ruiz advises us in The Four Agreements, a memorable guide to Toltec philosophy. He gives one good reason:
All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in…Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. What…Continue
Tough to Get Going
Wow, it is like minus something degrees Fahrenheit wind chill outside. We have 2 inches of new snow and maybe worst of all, my favorite TV channel is showing ‘Sex and the City’ part 1. It is not enough that they tortured me with ‘Sex in the City’ part 1 they made an even worse part 2. As I look at that terrible movie I flashback to that awful afternoon when I was…Continue
Civil Rights - Martin Luther King Day 2014
My aunt Patti Ann a 10 year old was told that when she felt low at school she should consider going home to get something to correct it. She lived 3 blocks away. Of course today we would never dream of telling a child or an adult something like that. I have been told that “poor Patti Ann” as she was called by her teachers was told…Continue
Whether you physically sat in the room at the Diabetes Advocates Forum or joined us there in spirit, I tell you now. It ends with us.
We will be the ones to end the feelings of frustration with diabetes, the barriers to affordable access, the misconceptions of…Continue
Rheumatoid Arthritis Today
Lately I have been having a slow slide into the pit of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Today when I woke up I felt the full force. Here is the story.
I started a Routine treatment for RA on November 26 using Rituxan, a drug that suppresses the autoimmune system, of the body. Ten days after the first treatment, there was to be a second. Before I could have a second, I developed a small case of…Continue
There is an interesting article in the December / January 2013 AARP magazine, titled Meet Dr. Robot (Howard, 2013). First let me explain robotic surgery. The way it works is that when surgery is performed, the doctor actually operates the instruments from a computer screen. Generally the surgery involves using endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures (Mack, 2001), and are often referred to as minimally invasive…Continue
Added by rick phillips on January 6, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments
The day after
Today I am writing the day after. The day after the shopping and hurrying have been done, the many decisions made, the family has come and in my case gone. Today for my wife Sheryl and I this is a day of ahh. We have finished our preparations, and have had the big day. Some plans worked, some did not. My children have left the house; the grand children are on their way home and our comfortable house is once again a…Continue
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