Life with Diabetes

Find a Happy Place

Having practically grown up in Disneyland, it definitely feels like going home. Except it seems a lot smaller, and a LOT more crowded, than I remember. Anyway, for a good 60% at least of our two-day annual park schlep last week, it lived up to it’s motto, “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Some memorable moments this year:
* Pulling into my mom’s garage to be greeted by a handmade sign saying:
WELCOME TO GRANDMA’S PLACE…

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Politics, Religion, Sex (um, and Chronic Illness)

What do you talk about at the dinner table?
I discovered years ago that Europeans don’t generally have issues discussing the three topics we Americans consider taboo: politics, religion, and sex. My friends in Germany would say, “What else is there?” Well, illness for one thing…
Interestingly, a new national survey from a company called Evercare just discovered that “Americans are as unlikely to talk to a friend or loved one about better managing a…

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Gesundheit! (and LA Times Health Columnist Joins Our Club)

When I first arrived in Germany in the middle of winter about 18 years ago (ahem…), I immediately caught a bad cold. Every time I sneezed, my brother-in-law’s girlfriend would bark, “Health!” It took us a while to work out that Americans say the same thing, only in German. And maybe a little less like a command. Anyway, we had a good laugh. In recent years, I’ve come to appreciate that salutation in ways never…

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A Middle Ground Between Rx and OTC: Super, or Scary?

Another interesting development apropos to recent rants on lowering medical costs, in part by breaking down some traditional delivery mechanisms in favor of a more quick-shop, commercial approach to healthcare: now the FDA plans “to expand the the middle ground between drugs that require a prescription and those that anyone can buy off the shelf.” This new gray area for medications is termed “behind the counter” (BTC).

BTC has already gotten a lot of media…

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Express-Checkout Diabetes Care?

I wonder, does your local shopping mall or drugstore contain a so-called Retail Clinic — a mini-health clinic where nurse practitioners provide walk-in treatment for very basic health issues? I haven’t experienced one in my neighborhood, but I am told there are now more than 500 around the country, in stores like Target, Wal-Mart, and CVS, with forecasts of more than 1,500 coming by the end of 2008.

Some of the leading chains are MinuteClinic,…

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