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Just Talked to Seagator!!!

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At 6:55am on April 24, 2014, Marie B said…

Kathy, thank you so much for the music video, I can't even begin to tell you how many memories that song brought back, I love Jackson Browne, and it seems he's not much on the radio these days, well, I think they should play more of him.

I didn't get around to calling reed, so I'm glad you did, and I can't wait to hear. I'm constantly praying for him these days, and I miss him so badly. The new members are getting welcomed, but he was always there, and I never had to check to see if everyone got at least one. he said he used it to keep his mind sharp, he remembered all the avatars, so even if someone got approved "out of order" he would know.

it's going to be in the 60s all week, woo. I haven't started any plants yet, meanwhile, my neighbor has his garden half planted and under plastic tunnels. I think I'll do my veg shopping over there. they like my bread, maybe we'll trade.

the CDE we had on here this week was totally amazing, Joe S--- can't remember his long last name. he's been type 1 for 54 years, so you know there was extreme gravitas. what a funny guy too. hope emily posts the recording soon. sometimes during the live events I feel so busy making sure everyone can see and hear, or else posting pertinent links, that I don't pay complete attention. I have no idea how emily does it, interviewing the person & being on camera & reading our questions in the chat room. she's got it down!

I love you too sis (*lump's in my throat)

At 5:27pm on April 23, 2014, Caren said…

Hey!!! I don't think I'll be in Minneapolis anytime soon... like ever. :'(

At 8:46am on April 23, 2014, Marie B said…

Kathy, sorry to be late with everything. I've been pre-occupied, distracted, and feeling like I have to do things that actually aren't all that important, forgetting the real stuff. Monday I washed and ironed a bunch of backdrops for the upcoming quilt show, took me forever (and I hate to iron) and then yesterday I was at the guild before I remembered about them. also forgot my raffle ticket money.

Caren is psyched about McCartney coming to ND. I have hope for the future when I see 16 year olds loving the Beatles.

I've been going low a lot lately.

I'm going to try Reed today. I've been somewhat worried. I had to get up and leave the room on Easter Sunday when the convo turned to hips getting broken and then the demise of several fam members.

Debbie Allen on Live chat today at 4 PM eastern - it's a short one, but should be FUN

At 8:38pm on April 21, 2014, rick phillips said…

Kathy: Thanks for the tip on Muscle Shoals, it must have been on here earlier on Monday evening. Thank goodness they repeat Independent lens Sunday Morning between 3 and 5 AM. So I got it set for a DVR. I am so excited. Hey did you get a chance to see Sound City? Such a great little film. My son took it and I have not seen it back and likely never will. He loves it. By the way he owes me my video of Paul McCartney and Wings on one of their tours. He now claims i cannot have it back since he says he and his wife re-fell in love while watching it. Who can harass a son over true love? LOL


At 6:02am on April 18, 2014, Brunetta said…

Good morning sweet Kathy. Have a wonderful Holy weekend. God BLess you!!

At 6:06am on April 10, 2014, muleman said…

JHust dropped by to say hi from Spain!

At 10:08am on April 9, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, I read your note in Reed's Gazette. It sounds like you had a stressful time with the nutritionist. How are things going? I misplaced my shirt about the pancreas. I think it somehow ended up with my son's clothes.
I have a real hard time with medical professionals too. If I didn't have diabetes I would not go to a doctor. I just noticed that the dog that Esther is sitting with looks a lot like Ammi only with a small body. That is so funny. How is your weather? Pauly said there was snow? Today I walked in the woods. It was really difficult. The stream is overflowing so all the paths were muddy. The trees are blossoming so the forest had a pale green appearance, not brown like before. The sun is so strong that I got hot and took off my jacket. I bet I could be like Reed and get out on the deck to get a tan.
Let me know how things are going. I never ate breakfast before because I had no appetite in the morning. The thought of food made me sick. I do eat breakfast now, oatmeal with milk and fruit but my dietitian wants me to add an egg. Blah!!!!!! The way I got myself to eat was by making a smoothie with ice, yogurt or milk and fruit. I add cinnamon and you can also add peanut butter for protein. Just drink as much as you can and put the rest in the freezer in an ice tray. Then it is like an ice cream treat.

At 10:00am on April 9, 2014, Mark said…

What cha doin out there?

At 10:34am on April 8, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

OMG Kathy life here will change. I thought Russ would just have to squirt oxygen. Nope he will be on it all time even has to wear it when sleeping. Huge tank. We put it in the Florida room and he was given enough tubing to let him go all over the house. I did not realize it but he has to use it in the car restaurants. He will hate it. Glad you found spatulas no money though. Pouring rain here and chico has been here all day.I wish this was Friday so Tom could be here as Russ does mot at 88 remember things/directions. He has to take it when we go to the barber. Tale care. HUGS,Reed

At 4:35pm on April 7, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Good Evening,Kathy. There are tornadoes all over the place. We are expecting a major thunderstorm. Russ did not have a gppd day. His oxygen was 77 and it should be 88 or better. The nurse got after the p;ace that is de;ivering the oxygen. He comes tomorrow. I had a great night. My right eye is so sore even the lid if this keeps up I will see eye doctor tomorrow. I swear I am jinxed. This storm is supposed to go right through the night. How are things with you? Going to watch ARS at 8. Not much else to report. Hugs,Reed

Latest Activity

Pauly replied to Kathy's discussion 'Just Talked to Seagator!!!'
"thanks for keeping us updated. the hospital is definitely not home Pauly"
7 hours ago
Marie B replied to Kathy's discussion 'Just Talked to Seagator!!!'
"Kathy, that does sound pretty good. He's able to complain, which I consider a really good sign. I miss him terribly, it's just not the same around here. for those who don't know, Reed is the local head of TOPS, Take Off Pounds…"
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"Kathy, thank you so much for the music video, I can't even begin to tell you how many memories that song brought back, I love Jackson Browne, and it seems he's not much on the radio these days, well, I think they should play more of him. I…"
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wendy replied to Kathy's discussion 'Just Talked to Seagator!!!'
"Thank You Kathy for this update. Looking forward to the day Gator is back home and back on Tud..."
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Caren left a comment for Kathy
"Hey!!! I don't think I'll be in Minneapolis anytime soon... like ever. :'("
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catlover replied to Kathy's discussion 'Just Talked to Seagator!!!'
"Kathy- Thanks for the update on Reed. I hope he continues to improve and can go home soon. I am sure Chico will be happy."
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Kathy left a comment for Pauly
"Pauly I just talked to Reed and put up a little summary on the main page under discussions."
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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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March 1, 1974
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6.3 Jan 2011
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Hi, I'm Kathy. I also go by Minnesota Nice over on the OC.
I have had diabetes for 38 years and not always taken good care of myself. Things have gotten better, though, and in spite of some complications, I consider myself to be in reasonable health. I also feel that it's never too late for improved control.
I deal with disordered eating issues daily.
I began blogging on the OC about 5 years ago and it has been immensely helpful - sharing victories, defeats and plain ordinary living with other pwd's has been a gift.
So far, I've enjoyed Tu Diabetes and love just stopping by for a second to comment on a discussion.
In October of 2010 I had surgery for ovarian cancer. During the recovery period I suffered two cardiac arrests and went into life-threatening respiratory failure. My family was called to my bedside 3 different times, to say goodbye. Shortly after that I went into acute renal failure, and started dialysis October 2010. At that point no one knew whether I'd ever get out of a wheelchair or off of supplemental oxygen. I was determined to make the most of the time I had left and began a structured exercise program. On January 12, 2012, my nephrologist called me and said my labs had improved to such an extent that I could stop dialysis. I am still basking in the light of this miracle. It was a big compliment to have so many TD members share in the joy of this healing!
Stop over and visit my blog at www.kathy4762.blogspot.com .

Kathy's Blog

Our Essential Wholeness

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 2:31pm 5 Comments

I often find myself using the term "essential wholeness" and have been contemplating it all day. I think it's the first thing I think of during the holiday season.

Our essential wholeness is that part of us that always remains - the core of our soul - that which nothing, not even diabetes, can destroy. Nor can it be depleted by difficult emotions such as fear, shame and anger (that often come along with us for the ride.)

It surfaces in the tiniest acts of faith and kindness -…


Violating Protocol

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 7:05pm 5 Comments

Today I went for my 3 month visit with the kidney doctor.

I had not dealt with the particular nurse who checked me in. After we'd reviewed my meds, she said Dr W would be in shortly. I started to take off one of my shoes and she asked what on earth I was doing. I told her that I had stubbed a toe and wanted the doc to take a quick look at it.

SHe said, quite sternly, "Dr. W is a nephrologist. Don't insult him by asking to look at your foot."

Dr W comes in and we chat a bit. He…


Snafu at the State Fair

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 4:38pm 7 Comments

Yesterday I went to the Minnesota State Fair, after seeing on the news that we're in for an "extreme heat advisory" next week.

The plans were to meet my friends, Ross and Valerie at noon. I decided to go out a couple of hours early to see the stuff I was personally interested in.

I overslept so got ready in a hurry, and transferred everything from my purse to my back pack. I was halfway to the bus when I realized that I hadn't packed any glucose tabs, but figured that there'd be…


......hairy legs

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 3:36pm 11 Comments

I don't shave my legs. And now that I'm officially 60 years old, who cares? I'm too fat to wear shorts, but I do wear cropped pants and figure nobody'll notice. Big deal.

I see a cardiologist on a yearly basis because I have an irregular heart beat. My wonderful doc, who I'd been with for 12 years, recently retired.

I'm always anxious about seeing someone new, but concluded that even if he was a jerk, I could tolerate him for 10 minutes per year.

Thankfully, there was a good…


...hey, could you consider the patient's perspective?

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

Ever since I got off dialysis, I've had to have a full set of kidney labs done every three months. I get very anxious waiting for the results.

A week ago last Friday, I went to the lab and had blood drawn early in the morning, and then went about my day. Some old college friends were going to pick me up in the evening, drive to a huge lake in northern Minnesota, and rent a houseboat for two nights. We've done this before and it's a lot of fun (although I am not in charge of…




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