Threadless Thursday

I guess the readers of this blog do not want to read poetry. That’s OK, but this is my blog.


Once again, I am a little short on material today, but continue to post in hopes of reaching a yearly milestone for views before the end of September. Days with posts receive many more views than days without.

I am fasting this morning as I am having blood work done in about three hours. One of the tests will be a Hemoglobin A1C (a measure of average blood glucose level over the last three months) ordered by an endocrinologist, not my primary care physician. That has put a crimp in any splurging on sweets. I also will have only a very small window, if any, to relax my dietary restrictions after today as I must have another HbA1C test in mid/late November.

David Banner (not his real name) was a practicing physician, as most of you know. He has informed me that diabetes care has really moved past just HbA1C testing and into continuous monitoring of glucose levels, among other things. As my HbA1C levels almost always start with a “6” physicians have never seen the need to do that for me. (I have had only two readings over 7.0 in my 20+ year battle with diabetes. The last such reading, 7.1, was about three years ago and came after a ten-day ice cream binge.)

David Banner (not his real name) has also suggested that a change or addition to my meds regimen could give me a little more freedom in terms of diet. My body does not like new medications, however. I tolerate drugs I have been taking for a long time, but the majority of new prescriptions have been rejected, including one that incapacitated me for two days after taking just one dose.

I will splurge at breakfast today after getting “stuck,” but that may be the only time until after the test in November. Intellectually, I know it’s good for me to watch my diet. I have made some permanent changes that I can live with, such as never adding sugar to my coffee. However, not being able to have a milkshake whenever I want is something to which I have never really grown accustomed.


For many years, Chrysler Corporation had a reputation for stodginess, for conservative thinking. Many think that is a result of the commercial failure of the Airflow in the 1930s. That attitude was probably why the wonderful DeSoto Adventurer I was never put into production in the 1950s. OK, a picture:



This recent Hagerty article is about the Plymouth Belmont, a potential Corvette “fighter.” Any excuse to show a picture of an interesting car…



The long and low profile is quite stunning, in my opinion. The Belmont made its debut at the 1954 Chicago Auto Show, so the Corvette was already on the market. However, as most automobile enthusiasts know, the Vette was not a commercial success right away.

The purchase of the Briggs Body Company by Chrysler, as mentioned here, plays a role in the story of the Plymouth Belmont. I highly recommend your reading the Hagerty piece to get the whole story. I think this car has a much better look than the first Corvettes.

This and the Adventurer I were developed at about the same time. The fact that Chrysler put neither into production is, frankly, sad and may indeed be attributable to the conservative thinking of the company at that time.

Many cars built today have a disturbing sameness. In my opinion, the same is true for SUVs and pickup trucks although I am not a fan of either type of vehicle. I know this is a pipedream, but I really wish for an adventurous company or two to build something out of the mainstream.







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6 thoughts on “Threadless Thursday

  1. “change or addition to my meds regimen could give me a little more freedom in terms of diet”

    After my diagnosis in May of having high blood sugar, I’m still learning the ropes of what I can and cannot eat/drink. Certain things are obvious, others not so much. I’m down to two different meds, still working on the diet and it sure isn’t easy. I find myself reading labels a LOT more while at the grocery. While something might draw you in with “NO SUGAR”, then you notice the carbs listed. Sigh, back on the shelf…I was never a big sweets eater, with the exception of a friend’s wife’s homemade blackberry cobbler, so that hasn’t been a huge issue, it’s the carbs and starches I have to keep any eye on. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, corn on the cob, potatoes, BBQ, basically my main food stuffs. 🙂

    Now, oatmeal, eggs, lean(ish) meat, whole grain breads, certain vegetables and limited fruits. Large sigh.

    This growing up isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be,


      1. “just ignore their illness altogether”

        My best friend as a teen had a brother with high blood sugar. He ignored it for the most part and died at age 24 (IIRC). Had another friend in the early 80’s whose wife had high sugar. She also ignored it and gradually lost body parts to it and eventually passed away also.

        I intend to die with most, if not all, of my parts attached. But my main goal is to avoid having to use insulin if at all possible. So far so good as the highest reading I’ve had since leaving the hospital was 190 (pizza bad 😦 ) My twice daily readings are in the 100-130 range for the most part, so I THINK I’ll be ok. As I continue to lose weight (easier as I’m getting more active again) I think it will even get better. At least I hope so.

        Hope the doc gave you some good news with your A1C.


      2. Many thanks, DDM. I have not yet received any results and probably won’t until next week.

        My mother had a friend who totally ignored her diabetes. She wound up having both legs amputated below the knees and died soon thereafter.


  2. The treatment of T2D is so very complex. I am working with a friend who had a stable HbA1C for years. Over the last two years her numbers crept up into the 7s. Then the other week her HbA1C was 10.7 and her fasting was 400. The Freestyle Libre is a way to continuously monitors blood glucose via wireless non blood methods, which allows for knowing “Time in Range”. This is a better measure of fluctuations, which correlate with the bad events that cause eye, heart, and kidney problems.
    Also, a CGM lets you see how foods impact your glucose. So if 8oz takes you over 200, 4oz will keep you within range.


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