Cornered by Mike Baldwin


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  1. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    stranded on the islets of langerhans

  2. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 1 year ago



  3. natureboyfig4

    natureboyfig4 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Any decent candy store will have a good selection of sugar-free, no sugar added, and low-carb candies. And now I have “Pancreas” by Weird Al Yankovic stuck in my head. Dang it. :-P

  4. Puddlesplatt McLearn

    Puddlesplatt McLearn said, over 1 year ago

    My love is all the sweet I can take.

  5. A Scented Flower

    A Scented Flower GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t forget your insulin placebos..

  6. Mike Baldwin

    Mike Baldwin GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t think Childhood diabetes is funny either. That’s not what the cartoon is about.
    There is an expression, ’Like a kid in a candy store" (-to be very happy and excited about the things around you) that I was playing off of to get to the gag.

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 1 year ago


    Reference to the Harlan Ellison story?

  8. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Mike Baldwin

    that’s the trouble with the public arena. sometimes ya run into the public

  9. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    The ancients knew of two types of diabetes. The doctor who writes the doctor’s column for the New York Times knew of two types of diabetes. Not the same two types.

    The Greek word diabetes meant excessive urination to the point of dehydration. Sometimes (usually) the urine is sweet, which the Greeks called mellitus. Rarely, the urine is insipid, which the Greeks called insipidus. A woman with diabetes insipidus went about 30 years without finding a single US doctor who had ever heard of diabetes insipidus (including the doctor who wrote the column), but she finally found a tertiary specialist who put her on a hormone which completely cured her. (Insipidus has nothing to do with sugar, and when her sugar was normal, most doctors said her ailment was psychosomatic.)

    Unlike insipidus, mellitus tends to be fatal in a fairly short time, and most US primary care physicians only know diabetes mellitus. There are now two types of mellitus: insulin dependent (aka Type I aka childhood diabetes) and insulin resistant (aka Type II aka adult diabetes).

    Insulin dependent means your islets of langerhans took early retirement, so your body no longer produces insulin. I knew a woman who went on a pilgrimage to a holy site for a miracle and stopped taking her insulin. She had lost an eye and a toe when I knew her, and was heading for kidney failure, gangrene, heart damage, and an early death.

    But there WAS a miracle, provided by Banting and Best. Type I is completely understood by the experts (warning: many physicians are NOT experts): Take exactly enough insulin to keep blood sugar between 80 and 100 (US system) or between 4 and 5.5 (European system). Easier said than done, but, if one eats reasonably, checks blood sugar frequently, and adjusts insulin carefully, life expectancy and illness are the same as someone without Type I diabetes. I call that a miracle.

    The tragic cases related here happened often before modern blood sugar testing devices and modern insulins, because there was no way to monitor blood sugar, so diabetics had high sugar comas, low sugar comas, and most with childhood diabetes mellitus died far too soon, but with modern technology and a competent physician and some work, someone with childhood diabetes can live a full life, a life as long and complication free as someone without diabetes.

  10. natureboyfig4

    natureboyfig4 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I have type 1 diabetes (the kind that used to be called “juvenile diabetes”). Not all diabetics die young. Even if we did, not being able to laugh would make it a lot worse.

  11. natureboyfig4

    natureboyfig4 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Mike Baldwin

    Everyone has one issue or another that’s going to irk them. This particular comic didn’t go over too well with some people, but we’ll get over it. You’re a really good cartoonist, & make me laugh more often than not. It is pretty cool that you read the comments & reply to your fans. I look forward to the next strip. Thanks again for creating them!

  12. tonicee

    tonicee said, over 1 year ago

    Anyone who knows a diabetic child and sees the struggles they have will not think this funny only sad. Millions do not understand this horrible disease and its terrible consequences.

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