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Jet Lag, Sunshine, and the Death of the Atkins Fad

We arrived home yesterday afternoon. I was up most of last night making lemonade and PB&J sandwiches for the jet-lagged kiddies. And today I’ve got that post-trans-Atlantic-flight wrap-around headache that makes it hard to figure out what you were doing just now… just now… just … now.
Posting, yes… so I suppose I ought to start with the very quick European Vacation Wrap-Up. Kids: A+, Weather: B+, Wedding: A+, Diabetes Care: B-. That’s an average…

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More Books and Resources

A lot of people are starting to ask what diabetes books I’d personally recommend. Honestly, I haven’t read that many, but what I have read was invaluable. The very first thing I did after coming up for air was order a copy of “Diabetes for Dummies,” of course (!) — an essential for understanding what’s actually happening to your body. I also enjoyed “The Diabetics Book” by June Biermann and Barbara Toohey. I believe the…

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The Power of Apology in Medicine

A few weeks ago I received a rather odd book to review: “The Power of Apology in Medicine,” a short treatise on “the movement toward apology and full disclosure in medicine.”
We chronic patient types know all about the importance of good “bedside manner.” We’ve all got our doctor horror stories about insensitive comments and shockingly inappropriate behavior. These ugly encounters stick with us forever, and add an extra crust of negativity to our already…

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What’s New This Visit

It’s fascinating coming to Europe once a year. Every year. At the same time. There’s always interesting new stuff, most of it imported from the US, it seems. Here’s what’s new this year, as far as I can tell:
1) Germany is getting fatter. My husband and I keep exchanging bug-eyed glances at all the seriously overweight — and also truly obese — people we see (kids included), which certainly wasn’t the case when I…

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All About Sharps Disposal

First off, I want to thank all of you who commented on my recent post about “Diabetes Trash.” I did not know about those nifty needle-cutters from BD; I’m learning so much from you all!
The issue, of course, was what to do with used sharps when you’re out and about. One commenter noted that there’s always the “mint container” option, as in carrying an old tin around with you to store used lancets, pen…

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