Thursday, 8 May 2008

the skeleton

Today I had to go for my three-monthly diabetes check-up at the ZorgMobiel. Last week I had the bloodtests taken at at the hospital and today they were going to tell me the meaning of it all. So I sauntered off throught the Oosterpark to the ZorgMobiel, which is parked next to the Royal Institute for the Tropics.

The Oosterpark was pretty busy with people sunning themselves.

The ZorgMobiel is a container office on stilts. It doesn't look very mobile.

My before-meal glucose was 6.1 mmol/L which is acceptable; non-diabetics are between 4.5 and 7.0 mmol/L. My HbA1c (a long term measurement) was 5.8%; non-diabetics levels range from 4.0—6.0%. Diabetics who manage to keep their HbA1c level below 6.5% are considered to have good glycemic control.

The diabetic nurse applauded these numbers and told me that —if I continued on this course— I might be taken off of the glimepiride tablets all together in the future. The dietician was happy with my weight loss. She said that my weight loss curve over the last three months was a perfect fit on the ideal curve.

The only problem I have at the moment is pain in my feet from all the walking I've started to do lately. Pain in the left foot I can understand, after all I broke the thing in a lot of places in 1995. My right foot, however, has not so much a pain as a tingling sensation; a bit like your foot 'falling asleep.' The diabetic nurse advised me to see my GP about this problem as it might be related to diabetic nerve damage. So, off to the GP I went.

I was seen by his co-assistent (my GP also teaches GP-stuff at the University of Amsterdam) who prodded my feet and tickled my toes and then called in the boss, who tickled my feet and prodded my toes and then tried to find a pulse in my feet. Left foot loud and clear; right foot nothing... So he's now sent me off to a vascular surgeon to have a better look at this sleeping right foot. There seems to be no nerve damage, since that would have manifested itself in both feet.

The paper skeleton in my GP's office. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here...

Later in the day I walked to the ThaiCoon for dinner when I found my way blocked by an antisocially parked moped which took the complete width of the foot path, forcing pedestrians to walk on the bicycle path. It is on moments such as this that I wished I had a chainsaw with me. Shredded bike goes well with some Thai chillies...

Aso moped.


Juf Jo said...

Those mopeds, brommers, scooters, should be banned.
Seriously, what good are they?
They make noise, they are only used by antisocial teenagers, purse snatchers, etc.
Elderly ladies who can no longer cycle can use the spartamet, normal bikes with tiny, quiet engines.
Ban the mopeds, all of em, quickly.

Vincent said...

Actually I think the moped is (almost) parked where it should be. it's the cyclists who are cycling on the sideWALK that are wrong. I think :-)

Nicole said...

As far as I can see, the cyclists are on the slightly darker coloured bicycle path, so nothing wrong there, except for the fact that they are riding in both directions and the betty in the distance looks as if she's cutting into the footpath. The scooter is parked in spots usually reserved for bicycles and since there are none it could have done the social thing and moved it to the side. OR even better moved it to the narrow strip of path on the outside of the bicycle path. What I find idiotic here is that the council has put bicycle parking in such a position that should there be bicycles parked there, it will clearly cover the footpath.

Well done with all the glycemic stuff Kees, a really great effort.

Vincent said...

I didn't see that at first. I must've been half asleep. Those bicycle stands are idiotic indeed.

And also good going on your dieting mate. I guess we can call you Sonja now *grin*