I am back!!
I took a sabbatical from the D.O.C. And other online forums for a while, due to a myriad of factors. But I have so missed the camaraderie of Tudiabetes I have returned. I have had to re-prioritize my life and reestablish my time management skills, which are woefully lacking on occasion. However, here is a brief update on “what’s going on” (kudos to the late Marvin Gaye:
I have returned to work for my former school district as a speech/language pathologist. I go to the homes of medically fragile children with severe disabilities to provide communication therapy. Many of them have severe disabilities, with g-tubes and tracheotomies. However, each child is a jewel and unique. I enjoy working with them and engaging with their parents, nurses, and teachers. Challenging work, but very rewarding. I do not like driving around the county so much. That and the prep time add a few hours to the 10 hours per week " hands -on" time I work. But the schedule can be flexible for both me and the parents who call in to change; and I do not generally work on Mondays or Fridays. So it is all good.
I decided to return to the word of the working because of my reduced retirement income and increased deductible on my medical insurance led me to do some diabetic no-no’s: rationing test strips, keeping the infusion sets in for 4 days, not using the sensors at all,( and I really needed to reset my basals), guesstimating boluses. My control suffered and I wasn’t feeling my best. So I decided that those behaviors HAD to stop. I went back to work. A wonderful Tufriend is sending me some extra supplies from her overflow. Will be stocking up on test strips at a reduced price, now that deductible is finally met. So all appears to be well on that count.
Other issues are confounding me, though. I have reached the stage of life where it seems sickness and death is surrounding me. Thanks all for the birthday wishes and comments (I turned 58 yesterday). Two weeks before thanksgiving, My mother had to have emergency colon surgery due to diverticulitis, which caused severely bleeding intestinal polyps. She was in surgical Intensive care, but is making remarkable progress and called me two days ago, saying she was sitting on the porch in the sunny GA sunshine, enjoying a stroll down our driveway without the walker, just her cane!! She is 84 and awesome! I praise God every day for her wonderful progress!! However, many friends and acquaintances have not fared so well. It used to be that it was “Suzy’s cousin’s best friend in Virginia had a stroke last week. I will have to send a card.” NOW, it is my c0-workers, parents of friends, my relatives, and people I really know and care for, who are ill. My former teachers are dying. Two young women in my hometown (where I visited my mom for the week of Thanksgiving , just dropped dead. They were in their 40’s. Strokes, heart surgeries. The saddest thing happened just yesterday, when a former co-worker and twin sister of one of my best friends, passed yesterday, my birthday, from the effects of an asthma attack on /Sunday morning. Her family is devastated. I went to the hospital to see them just prior to her transition on yesterday, my birthday. So it was a day that was bittersweet for me. I celebrated and was so grateful for having another year of health, happiness and surrounded by His support and that of my friends and family, but was feeling so much pain seeing my dear friend so sad at the passing of her sister. Not the world best birthday at all.
However, God has been by my side and I know HE will never leave me nor forsake me; and will do the same for my friends. He is my ever-present comforter and healer. This is just the season of life I am in.
Well so much for the long ramble...So glad to return to my TuFamily.
Yikes! Too bad about the unretirement but it sounds like the job is a good fit! I know you're good at talking so I'm sure you help the kids.
I leave infusion sets in for 4 days all the time, sometimes I get a bit of a rise but just boost the pump a bit for the last day.
Yes, me too. I always aim for four days even if I don't always make it!
Welcome back Brunetta and Happy Belated Birthday to you.
Thank you so much, Christy.
Thanks A and Zoe..I knew I wasn't the only one, Acid. Now I am "Out" as a 4-dayer.LOL. But just occasionally now.
Welcome back Brunetta things just haven't been the same without you. I hate it that you had to return to work, at least it's part time. 58 is too early for retirement anyway. Ya got too many good years left in you to just retire.
It sounds like you found something that will help you fiancially and also help others in need. Somehow that's what I expected from you.
thank you Gary. I really appreciate your concern and care. My Tu friends rock!!
PS> How is Murfreesboro? My family plans to go in the summer to visit.
glad to be with you all, Lathump!! Thamks so much!!
Welcome back! It is good to see you here and that you trust us with the cares of your life.
Brian, you are the best!!
Hooray and Brava!.....I, too, at almost 63, have entered that age when friends and family seem to be "dropping like flies". It sometimes sends me down a memory tunnel of loss (as in my TuD blog on World AIDS Day), and at other times just makes me sad and tired......
Your mom reminds me of mine, for whom I was primary caregiver for her last 3 months. We called her, fondly, one of the Great Tough Old Broads as she was feisty to the end at 89!
I'm delighted you will be more present again and offer blessings on your new endeavors. They really sound like soul-sustenance--for you and for those you are impacting....
As ever, Judith in Portland