New York Times White House reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg issued another flattering bunch of factoids about Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor — she controls her diabetes: “Court Nominee Manages Diabetes With Discipline.” Stolberg suggested that Sotomayor’s “no-nonsense” approach to her insulin injections was a sign of how she will tackle Supreme Court cases.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor carries a small black travel pouch, not much larger than a wallet. It contains the implements she needs — a blood sugar testing kit, a needle and insulin — to manage diabetes, a disease she has had for 46 years. Friends say she is not shy about using it.
“She’ll be eating Chinese dumplings,” said Xavier Romeu Matta, a former law clerk to the judge, “and she’ll say, ‘Excuse me sweetie,’ and pull out the kit and inject her insulin.”
That no-nonsense attitude, combined with the attention to detail that characterizes her legal opinions, has been a hallmark of Judge Sotomayor’s approach to Type 1 diabetes, according to friends, colleagues and her longtime doctor, Andrew Jay Drexler. An endocrinologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Drexler pronounced her “in very good health” in a letter provided by the White House.
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