Lois
  • 60, Female
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • United States
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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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Information, conversation, support
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump
What pump model do you use, if any?
Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 722

Lois's Discussions

C-PEPTIDE QUESTION

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lois Mar 8. 9 Replies

The BIG Six-Oh

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lois Nov 28, 2013. 17 Replies

Call for Assistance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lois Jan 26, 2013. 8 Replies

ANOTHER HOMECOMING???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trudy Jul 29, 2012. 10 Replies

FREE AT LAST!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Natalie ._c- Aug 8, 2011. 3 Replies

HEARTS???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lois May 15, 2011. 13 Replies

Hi Ho. Hi Ho! It's Off To HOME I Go!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Diabetic Welfare Queen Mar 31, 2010. 133 Replies

EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT. SCHEDULE SET

Started this discussion. Last reply by JamieN Feb 22, 2010. 89 Replies

HI HO, HI HO -- An Addendum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Goffe Feb 1, 2012. 18 Replies

 

You are not what others think you are. You are not what you think you are. You are what YOU think others think you are!

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lotsofshots left a comment for Lois
"Okay here is a lesson. You see the bird that I sent you? Take your mouse and click left on it. See the white box with choices come up? Choose Save image as. Click on it and your computer picture saver will open with all your pictures in it.  In…"
Apr 5
lotsofshots left a comment for Lois
"Hi Lois, I would love to do a page for you. The only problem is each persons page is only accessible by them when it comes to changing anything on it. I find all my art on Google Images and then save them to my pictures in my computer. How are you?…"
Apr 5
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Apr 4
Brunetta commented on Lois's blog post 'FOREST FIRE STOMPIN''
"Girl you are a hoot!! Hope you are doing well. Goid blese, Brunetta"
Mar 21

HERE'S MY STORY

Sometimes, it is easier to understand where a person is coming from in order to understand them now. So, here's a background "blog?" on me.

I am T2 diagnosed in my 30s. First came the oral meds to which I reacted badly to the most common. A few years later (can't remember when) I was on vacation and experiencing BGs in the 500s. That's when the "needle" came. Ups and downs, denial, acceptance, action; denials again (or was it boredom and depression). Went on the pump the first time in 2002 (?) and had better numbers. On Thanksgiving 2003 I was back off my pump and really "blowing it" with eating, meds, etc. I ate like a piggy! The day after (forever burned in my memory as 11/28/03) I woke up extremely thirsty. I tried to get up but couldn't walk. I had to call the apartment manager and he helped me out of bed and to the bathroom. From there to the living room where I decided that walking like a drunken sailor was NOT normal and called the paramedics. I had to CRAWL to the door to let them in because the manager had locked it again!

Alone in a back room in the ER for hours, my legs swelled to 3-4 times their normal size and turned bright purple. Turns out that I had DVTs behind each knee. The result of sitting there unsupervised is muscles and nerves were killed off. I often wonder that if they had started treatment sooner, would I be able to walk?

I spent 36 days in the hospital. Three weeks of that was in the Burn Intensive Care Unit because the lack of circulation in the legs (lymph nodes killed too) caused the body to push the body fluids to the surface in the form of humongous blisters. They had to be debrided once per shift. I had to learn how to walk all over again. It felt (and still does feel) like I was walking on huge bags of marshmallows. No balance left. Now I am very unstable on my feet. I have spotty feeling from the knees to the ankles and none in the feet ... except for the pain of neuropathy. I fall down A LOT. You could change my name to "Fall Down and Go Boom!" I know the area paramedics and firemen because they are here at least once a month with a fall or a diabetic low. Because of other physical problems adding to the mess, I am now using a scooter to get around outside and a walker at all times in the apartment.

There are times that I sit and think that none of this is real. That I didn't ignore and abuse my body to the point of this amount of destruction!! I hate my life most of the time. I am homebound most of the time in winter because of the lack of proper snow removal in Milwaukee. I'd go crazy if I weren't already halfway there!! :-) HA HA

Please, dear friends, DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! You CAN prevent some of the complications by sticking to a proper diet, meds, DR visits and exercise. Unfortunately, because of all the physical problems I have, there is no real "aerobic" exercise I can get into to jump start any weight loss. But YOU CAN help yourself. I pray to God that someone can take this experience to heart and change their attitudes and way of life. If I can touch someone's life with my story, then my life is worth something after all.

Lois's Blog

FOREST FIRE STOMPIN'

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 10:51am 3 Comments

Well, gang, I finally have a pair of shoes! It sure feels weird to be wearing shoes after about 5 years going "au natural"! (Since before the amputation of my left foot/ankle.)

I gotta tell y'all ... they are soooooo huge that I swear I could contract myself out to stomp out forest fires with my feel alone! (LOL) If I could figure out how to attach a picture, I'd show y'all. It is a sight to see!!

California, here I come!!!!!

In the alternative ... anyone want…

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To Everything There Is a Season

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

To everything in a person's life, there is a season. I am hopeful that this is the END to what seems to have been one giant season but, upon reflection, seems to have been many seasons all piled on top of one another.

In my last blog I came to tell you of my newly-developed heart problems that culminated in the implanting of a pacemaker. Things were going swimmingly after a few weeks and life seems to have settled down into a certain rhythm of a sort…

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Hearts Afire

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 3:03pm 1 Comment

The last time I blogged, I anticipated there was nothing more to add to my story. Even though it's past time I get a little "dull" in my life. it's not quite there yet. My foot has stalled out on progressively healing the wound. It's been [mostly] the same with a few setbacks and a few improvements. Dullsville!

On May 31,I was on my way to the Wound Clinic at St. Luke's when I started feeling extremely nauseous and then the pain hit. It was severe and in the center of the chest with…

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Add-On to Let Freedom Ring

Posted on May 19, 2013 at 3:44pm 1 Comment

Oops! There's a problem with inconsistant blogging ... you forget to add clarifying details.

Just a week or so after my post-rehab hospitalization, the doctors finally got around to wanting to remove the port in my chest wall to prevent infection. Went into a doctor's office and, after squirming around [on their part] about not wanting to remove it in the office, they finally did it. The doctor took some of that last blood for testing. Several days later, I get a call from the doctor…

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Let Freedom Ring ... or Who Says You Can Get Out?

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 7:37pm 0 Comments

AUGUST 1, 2012

Day to go. I woke up feeling a little punky but not giving in to the bed. Everyone noticed my red eye but paid no attention to my complaints that I felt "off." Too bad. I was getting out and nobody was going to stop me. By the time it came for me to leave, I just jumped into the van and left everyone in the dust. I don't recall the trip to my apartment or going up to it or the moving men dropping off my stuff. I was sick with a fever in…

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At 5:47am on April 5, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Okay here is a lesson. You see the bird that I sent you?

Take your mouse and click left on it. See the white box with choices come up? Choose Save image as. Click on it and your computer picture saver will open with all your pictures in it.  In the right corner of it press "save" and now that picture is in your computer. See if you can do it and let me know. 

What have you been up to? I was in the hospital seven days so I missed all the good stuff going on around here. I hope you are well. Ellen 

At 5:37am on April 5, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Lois, I would love to do a page for you. The only problem is each persons page is only accessible by them when it comes to changing anything on it. I find all my art on Google Images and then save them to my pictures in my computer. How are you? Are you enjoying the change of season? We had rain two days but today is fantastic.
I will tell you how to save a picture and then use it on your page. I have told several people how to do pages and it is overwhelming for most. I have been doing it for years and learn as I go. l love graphic art. What have you been up to. Staying out of trouble I hope! Ellen

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At 2:18pm on January 27, 2014, Linda G said…

Lois....could you please send me your address in a message. The card I sent you at Christmas was returned to me last week(!!!), and I think it was an error of Canada Post. I have since received 3 more cards back. That has never happened before, and the odds of an incorrect address 4x from the same person, in the span of a month and a half are rather unlikely. So, before I go for the jugular....I want to make sure I'm in the clear!
Interesting that Canada Post not only plans on ending/cutting back their home delivery service, but also raising the cost of postage...
all that AND lousy service!!
hugs....linda

At 5:34pm on January 15, 2014, rick phillips said…

Lois congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 7:52pm on January 14, 2014, wendy said…


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You Go Girl ! Fantastic A1c Lois :)

At 4:31pm on January 14, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

HEARTIEST CONGRATS ON BEING A FEATURED MEMBER. I hope things are going well. Reed

At 4:29pm on January 14, 2014, Linda G said…

WELL WELL WELL....you're a FEATURED MEMBER!! CONGRATULATION there too!!!

At 4:23pm on January 14, 2014, Linda G said…

CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing A1c!!
I have the flip side of the coin. My doc only looks at averages...be they blood pressure or A1c. Because my A1c is "lovely", I have been GREATLY reduced the amount of strips! Apparently....they feel that I can get by with guess work. Same with bp....highs and lows...quite low...but because the AVERAGE is seemingly a good reading....she does not bother with wanting to know WHY it fluctuates so greatly. She said...a bp fluctuates. Yes, I said...but wild swing in 4 reading 5 minutes apart while sitting?!! Frankly....I have given up!!
Take care dear Lois!! REALLY happy that you have a doc who works WITH you ♥

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