Category Archives: diabetes

What my blood revealed / poem 93

No, this is not about blood in the streets, the protests going on in Iran. This is about my latest fasting blood test.

It’s good — or should I say, much better than the last several years. My glucose was down 15 mg and my cholesterol down more than 25. I have diabetes type 2 (runs in my family) and have blood tests a few times a year to keep track. I was ecstatic to see this sort of progress! Since I retired in 2006, I’ve dropped twenty pounds. Does this show how much happier I am in retirement? I am grateful for having time to choose how to live my life.

Dr. F gives all the credit to losing weight, the exercise I’ve added in my life. Since January I’d lost at least another four pounds. I agree about that but I’m praising my healthier eating patterns as well. I’d been basically vegetarian since the 1970s. This past spring, I transitioned to mostly vegan. I am getting organic food delivered once a week from Farm Fresh Delivery. I no longer buy and bring into my home eggs, yogurt, ice cream, cheese. I do occasionally succumb to pizza and ice cream out of the house (my two weaknesses). I have eggs a few times a month; today I nearly craved one so when I went to lunch with Rose, I had breakfast instead. Probably both the doctor and I are right: it’s a combination of exercise and diet that is making the difference.

blood test

glucose, cholesterol, A1c
all of these are much better for me
“eat less, walk more” the philosophy


tomorrow I see Dr. F / poem 86

Tomorrow marks my second fasting blood test of the year. When I was first diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, I had them more frequently. Now, though, Dr. F believes twice a year is about right.

Dr. F is holistic and kind of old fashioned. His zen like words about how to defeat diabetes were “Eat less, walk more.” Unfortunately, eating is the easy part and walking is, well, more of an effort. Still, I have high expectations about my results compared to January’s. In March I was in the midst of my juicing and going vegan experiment. I am still mostly vegan but the juicing has become less frequent. I’ve kept those eight-ten pounds off, however, so I hope his scale (which always shows a higher weight than mine at home!) shows this progress.

Usually I have no complaints but this time I will have to whine about the morning aches, the balls on the sole of my right foot, and the spot that suddenly appeared on my face this morning. Likely they are all part of being middle-aged but since I have his attention, I’ll ask.


I know I’m older than middle-age
but it makes me feel better to pretend
I have more time to grow wisdom