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Goodbye lizard spit, hello “sunshine” in a pill….

Well, my love affair with “lizard spit” was brought to an abrupt end today when I agree to shift to an insulin regimen for my Type 2 diabetes. The Byetta has worked really well as a transition and introduction to the injection discipline, and the two types of insulin I will be taking (Novolog and Levemir) use the “flexpen” approach.

But I have to admit to a bit of anxiety about giving up my place in the gillyspitken community — after all, the weight loss secondary effect has led to a drop of 20 pounds. Now I have to really focus on controlling my diet and doing more exercise in order to maintain that level…..

But now I have to focus on algorithm’s developed to match my blood sugar levels just before each meal, and because I have to be prepared to inject 5 to 10 minutes before each meal (the Byetta was a pre-breakfast and pre-dinner regime which was easy to operate around)  it looks like I will have to go back to wearing a waist-pack which drives friend Domonic crazy (it is not quit the fashion statement he approves of…).

Also found out that I have what is now regarded as a Vitamin D deficiency. It’s not that I lack any exposure to sunshine, nor am I about to develop rickets. But latest medical standard is that one should be 40 or higher (I am at 18). According to the Vitamin D Council (yes, there is such a thing), “Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.” (Also see here). They are now pushing hard for folks to consume 5000 units of D daily, and you can do that by drinking 40 glasses of milk or ten typical multivitamins…. I settled for a gel capsule that deliver 50,000 unit each week, and since D attaches itself to fat it is projected that my score will be 40 in 8-weeks — at which time we will shift to a more moderate regimen. From what my health care provider tells me, living in New England where exposure to the sun is (shall we say) limited makes it more imperative to boost those levels artificially…. Who would’ve thunk it….

You know, at my age going to the doctor has become an education — and a real pain…

August 25th, 2008 Posted by | accountabilitybloke | no comments

JFK in LA

Flipping through TV channels with the remote the other day I came across a C-SPAN telecast of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Two quick points:

First, it was not of the grand quality we associate with the oratory of JFK. You can see signs of the rhetorical patterns he obviously developed on the campaign trail with Ted Sorenson, but it did drag on a bit. Interestingly, it seemed really very focused on attacking his opponent, Richard Nixon, as lacking the intellectual power to be president. Interesting to watch as case of putting JFK in the political context of the times.

Second, and even more interesting for me given Obama’s choice of venue for his Thursday night speech, was that Kennedy presented the speech in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. From what one could see, there was no one sitting on the field (probably not allowed in the days since college football season was about to begin) and the stands were not very full (or at least did not seem so in the few camera scans of the audience). So much for my sense that Obama was setting precedent….

August 25th, 2008 Posted by | accountabilitybloke | no comments