April 22, 2014

I can’t get no....


Family history can be cool.

The baby here is my dad. The Navy officer my granddad Vernon,  Fred C. Dunlap my great grandfather is on the left. The awesome 'stache in the middle is George W. Dunlap my Great Great Grandfather. He was on the receiving end of Pickett's Charge. For his sake, and all the rest of us that have come after, that small stone wall at the "high water point" is looking real good.


Some place in that picture, is a history of type 2 diabetes. It may suggest full on T2D, for me, is just a matter of time. I am what some folks call “Pre” type 2.  Nothing against the family history, I want to stay on the “Pre” side of the T2D time line.

I could use a stone wall of my own.

I have made changes in how I eat and some of what I do. I can still do better. My fasting numbers have been creeping up, so my Doc. and I chatted.

I want to know more about continuing to “pre”venting what seems like just a matter of time. I have concerns about medication, one I take may elevate blood sugar. I worry that metformin, as an glucose management medication entry point, may be an issue with my less than stone wall stomach. (If I look at meds the wrong way, I get queazy. One reason why I don’t like to take meds at all.)

At first a dynamic that was proactive about glucose management rather than reactive had Doc a little off his game but he bounced back quickly. I wanted to start with education. He was game but...



I needed to see what my insurance covers.

Joy! What is more fun than calling the insurance company?
(Sarcastic comments welcome, _____ is more fun than calling the insurance company.)




Here's the thing. I have had some success with A1C. Like I said some call it “Pre.” I am more aligned with Riva on "Pre" not being a real thing. Still, I am less than some thresholds of full on T2D. Like my insurance company's. They say by their measure it ain’t high enough. I can’t get no education.

Ever notice how many tunes have Doctor in the lyrics? All those songs about doctors and this is what rings in my head.

I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what I say
I can't get no, I can't get no
I can't get no education
No education, no education, no education