Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

I Can’t Think Of A Cleverly Witty Title For This One

One night back in early June I woke up in pain. My foot was sending shooting pains up my leg. It freaked me out to the point of going online and researching symptoms online, which is always such a great idea, right? Yeah. Of course the first thing I saw was something I worked hard to dismiss because, hey, self-diagnosis online is a whole entire thing where people freak out without the medical knowledge to know better.

The actually-smart thing I did that night was resolve to get myself an actual primary care physician so I could talk to a professional about this pain & numbness & so forth going on in my feet.

A couple weeks later, I met my new doctor. We had a nice chat, I got my vaccines updated, and I was directed to get a “fast lab” (well named, it was quick and it involved not eating for nine hours beforehand). One thing and another ensued with work and such which meant I didn’t get around to visiting the clinic to get the lab done until… this morning.

By late afternoon the results started coming in on the Providence “MyChart” website. At least, the good results started coming in…

Shortly after the end of the work day my doctor called me up to say, “yeah, you’re pretty clearly diabetic, and now it’s time to do some follow up tests and also get you started on medication ASAP.”

So. That’s my new life now. There’s a clear demarcation between this reality and the old one, and today’s that day.



  1. Cheryl

    Oh, ugh. 🙁 That’s certainly not good news. (I can’t really think of a worse time than 2020 to have to adjust your diet and possibly make other adjustments with regular testing and meds and so on.) But at least you know and can treat it now. Hang in there, my friend. :::virtual hug:::

    • Karel Kerezman

      Yeah, I think the worst thing about this whole situation is that it had to come to light NOW of all times? 2020’s just piling on at this point…

  2. Brandi

    While it’s not -great- news, it’s a better outcome than it could have been. It’s a pain in the ass, but you’ve got information and a plan and that’s half the battle right there. I wish you ease on your new journey and am sorry for the end of the life that you had.

    • Karel Kerezman

      Dunno, the other main likely options were something like a vitamin B6 problem, which could be much more easily remedied… but yeah, at least now there’s a plan. Or there will be, once I can meet up with my doctor again, which is a couple of weeks out.

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