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Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lois Mar 8, 2014. 9 Replies

The BIG Six-Oh

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Call for Assistance

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

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HI HO, HI HO -- An Addendum

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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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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.

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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 8:24am on January 11, 2015, FatCatAnna said…

Hey Lois - thinking of you ... and hope you are alright!! Sending you a fresh cuppa coffee ... a blue circle cup :)

At 8:07pm on December 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 3:43am on November 26, 2014, Linda G said…


♥ HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY ♥ Hope it was a good one!!
Much love and huge baskets of hugs....linda

At 5:19am on November 17, 2014, Sohair Abdel-Rahman said…

Hello my dear friend

At 5:35am on May 24, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 3:45am on May 21, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Lois, I am not quite in the swing of things yet, but I am really improving. The thing that I have the most trouble with is losing too much weight and feeling tired. I had some gallbladder issues. I see the doctor in a week. I have medication for it but it really bothers me. I don't know if I am up for another operation though.
What I really would like is a job, but I am not quite up to it yet. I am trying to brush up on my art and make a few dollars. I haven't done it in years. How are you? Ellen

At 8:15am on May 18, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 3:38am on May 16, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hope you have a "fairy" nice day!

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At 8:24am on May 11, 2014, lotsofshots said…

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