Saw my endocrinologist yesterday for the first time in at least 5 months. Our visits have suddenly taken on a new cadence since he’s learned about my D-writing and my excursions into the mysterious world of professional diabetes care. He now talks to me like… well, if not a peer, then at least an accomplished observer worthy of his utmost qualified attention. (He even asked if I could fix him up with some contacts at…Read more »
I’ve just been notified that my second column is up at dLife.com! (meaning they liked me well enough to take the arrangement into month No. 2, whew!) This one’s all about self-disclosure: how we feel about revealing our diabetes to friends and strangers, and that ever-present need to educate those not in the know about this disease. Note that Violet and Tekakwitha have some great personal stories on this one — illustrating how we’re each…Read more »
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…
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…Read more »
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…