I believe some of the things that have contributed to me overcoming this are:
1. Symptoms of the high blood sugar finally started catching up with me, in the form of extreme fatigue and manifestations of circulatory problems, which I think was even impacting my ability to think clearly, as well as possibly leading to sores on my legs.
2. The above combined with knowledge of diabetes in my family (including a relative who had both legs amputated) started making me have anxiety over what was in store. I had a very vivid dream of a guy with no legs in a wheelchair. When I woke up I realized this was me in the future if I didn’t do something drastic.
3. I have gained a more balanced perspective on my distrust of pharmaceutical companies and big marketing efforts. There is truth in my concerns, but it doesn’t mean that the profit motive doesn’t also have a desirable effect, i.e. creating medications that actually solve problems.
So putting all of the above together I agreed to whatever you and Leah prescribed in conjunction with a massive new push towards behavior/diet changes. I now refer to bread as “death bread” and cookies as “death cookies.”
Last test showed blood sugar in normal range, as you know.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to reflect on this subject!
Reading this, I realized that there was probably little I could have said to change Paul’s mind. He was in command. The orders he awaited were his own.
Dr. Suzanne Koven is a primary care internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read her blog on Boston.com/Health. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.