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At 3:25pm on July 22, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Why is everything always sideways? It is not that way on my phone. I take a shot with my cell, send it to my email and then it comes out sideways. Oh, well. I am drawing cats today.

At 6:09am on July 22, 2014, Trudy said…

Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for the music--we enjoyed it, and it's there to listen to another day.

For me, Pete Seeger is the symbol of those turbulent days; we were involved in his causes, too. We lived in New Rochelle, took a cruise on the "Clearwater" once. I have a strange kind of nostalgia for those days--we made so many good friends, just got arrested once! And listened to so much folk and protest music.

At 5:31am on July 22, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Your dinner looks delicious. Good for you, eating that healthy. I am sweating the same way. I can feel for you. We just have the fans on this summer do to limited funds. I usually go to the pool when I can't stand the heat any longer. Even when it rains it just gets humid and we sweat like crazy. It is kind of like being in the sauna. This has been such a hot and sunny summer.
I just woke up and I am getting ready to go see a therapist. Wish me luck. I don't have much faith. I am taking Neurontin 900mg and Hydroxyzine, which is Vistaril. It makes me totally sleepy and I have to take a nap even in the day. I wonder if you should mention these to the psychiatrist. I am very tired with these. I took the Restoril but I was afraid of the whole benzo situation. Plus it is very hard to get an ongoing prescription.
I wish we could go out walking together or have lunch. Too bad I don't live by you. We could sweat the summer out together.
Have you started with the weight watchers plan yet. Is that meal you made a part of it? I tried on my skinny pants and they still fit. I am going to wear them to the appointment today. It is in a couple of hours and right now I am relaxing with a morning cup of coffee. O calories, yum. I don't know what I would do without coffee in the morning. Cheers. Ellen

At 7:26pm on July 21, 2014, Mark said…
At 9:38am on July 21, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, Happy Monday. Sister, I like that!
Where I walk is a fancy neighborhood and a lot of the houses are so beautiful. There is one that has a fountain and a whole yard full of boarders with flowers. They have a back deck with a pond of koi and all kinds of hanging potted flowers. I have never seen them home so I know somebody does the yard. I need to throw some seeds down my back deck stairs and hope that flowers grow. I did put some ivy and mint in the front yard and it has grown all up over the tree.
Did you get your 90 degrees today. Here it is just about to rain and hot and humid. I am going down to the pool later to see if it is open. I just got back from a therapy appointment with someone new. I think she was very nice and you can tell when an appointment is helpful when you feel better leaving than before you came. I have an appointment with her again next Monday. I am taking a medication now called Vistaril and will see a psychiatrist for that Monday too. It is for anxiety and it really helps. Have you ever taken it before? Did you get your right Restoril dose yet?
I stay away from Michal's, oh yes, that place can suck you in because they have so many things. The last thing I bought was a Mandala coloring book for adults and a book I didn't plan on getting on how to draw fairies and angels. I am meeting my friend for lunch this week. I met another lady at the pool who is a social worker. She is really nice. I hope she is at the pool today. Your tiles are beautiful. I hope you have a good week. Any fun plans?

At 5:50pm on July 20, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy. I get so mad at myself and discouraged that I cannot jump up and do the things I want to do. I cooked a roast loin of pork from my WC. I miss if I think of something not getting up to get it. I told Tom to take my arm and let me walk with him. He said NO. You are not ready yet. This has been one long four months. Russ is not too swift. Finally getting him to see the best heart doctor in town August 11, We have had monsoon rains every afternoon for a week.Nice photo. I am so sick of being stuck in the house.Have you done anything interesting? Tom stays over DSunday night now to take trash down to the street. I tried to get the papers, They throw them against garafe door. I got to the door but could not bend to get them. Reed...PATIIENCE. Hugs,Reed

At 7:39am on July 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy! Yes, mom did really well with the WW and I remember her saying that it was the only thing that helped in her battle. I think she was very challenged with stress and weight. Your tiles are spectacular. I love the colors. I didn't know that you did them. It is a hot one today. I am waiting to see if the sky turns blue. It usually does and then I head toward the pool. Nobody is there but me sometimes and I find it so helpful. I see you are on the chat now. I can't type that fast so I can't keep up anymore. I did try to write chat to your page. I had carpal tunnel too but it seems to have gone away because I don't type as much. I hope you are having a good weekend. I don't feel that great, but the day is young. Yesterday I felt pretty good.

At 2:49pm on July 19, 2014, lotsofshots said…

I would love going down some stairs like those. Aren't those purple flowers fantastic? Here are my poor stairs and Zen at the bottom. She likes to sneak out and eat grass.

At 2:47pm on July 19, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 2:46pm on July 19, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, I looked you up in Members. Boy, there are a lot of Kathys here. I am feeling really good today. I went to the pool and walked in the woods. I ate really healthy food. I am having a bit of a snafu with insulin. I was sent 70/30 insulin and it said to inject 100 units total. That just sounds wrong. I am researching the Web and it seems that what I was given is not what makes sense. I am probably going to have an exciting weekend. I hope I don't end up injecting and getting hypoglycemia. I have coke on hand if I do.
I am dyeing my hair after many months of letting the roots grow out. I found this mousse that you leave in for 20 minutes and if you have extra you can keep it for the next time. I have such short hair that I have plenty of extra. Now I have to sit here for 20 minutes while it works.
I went to the pool today and got the best tan. My face got red though. I met a friend who is very lively and she took my mind off all of my problems and I ended up feeling quite good today. We talked about all kinds of neat things. She finally left after three hours of talking and swimming because she was getting burnt. She is very blonde so I had to tell her she was looking quite pink but she wouldn't go. I burn but it never hurts.
So I was wondering how the treatment is coming along. Are you doing okay? I hope that when my A1C comes back it goes down as much as yours did.
I heard that you were getting into knitting. How is that coming along? Are you making yourself some sweaters for the winter months?
I am doing mandalas now. They are quite intricate and time consuming. I went to Michael's and there were so many different projects for crafts there. I don't have a lot of room for all the things that they suggest. I do have some time on my hands though.
Chris is going out with a friend tonight so I will be alone. I planned on going to the library to pick up a good book, but I think that they close early on Saturdays. Also I want to check the self help books for diabetes. I am not too up to date with the disease anymore. I am trying to get into the VA in Ft. Belvoir and I am yet to see a doctor. I think once you get into the system and down to DC that the hospital is very good. I admit that I need help on the diabetes. I am so behind and getting diabetes burnout.
I went to get my disability upgraded with the VA and they put me in for diabetes depression and diabetes distress. I don't know if I am distressed but I am burnt out a bit.
I am gaining a little bit of weight. I am glad because I was too thin and now I am growing out of all the pants that I got when I was really thin.
Well, here it is another weekend. Time really goes by fast. I hope that you have a relaxing one and that things went good for you this week. I really enjoy hearing from you. Do you have any excursions planned. How is your weather? Are you hot, wet, or cold? I am sure that you probably not cold yet. Just don't squirt yourself with Febreeze if you get under your fan! Ellen

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Kathy replied to Gary Z's discussion 'Has anyone used Lasix to bring down swelling in the legs, feet etc.? If so, how was your experience?'
"Yes, lymph drainage massage is quick and simple. There are several instructional videos on YouTube so you can do it yourself. I had it done in the hospital several years ago and continued it twice a day when I got home."
Kathy replied to Gary Z's discussion 'Has anyone used Lasix to bring down swelling in the legs, feet etc.? If so, how was your experience?'
"I agree that the cause of the swelling needs to be evaluated. Lasix is a very strong diuretic and I have taken it many time with no side effects.I agree that you will need to have your potassium level closely monitored and may need to take a…"
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"Oh, I just noticed you use a Bayer Contour. The diabetes nurse wants me to get one. I thought you had to have a pump for the connection, but she said they make one where you don't."
Kathy left a comment for NancyQ
"Hey Nancy - I see all my friends have beat me to the welcome box. We are neighbors - maybe near, maybe far. I live in uptown Minneapolis, a few blocks off of Lake & Hennepin. If you'd ever like to get together for a Coke Zero, let me…"
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"Hey, Tiki. I take toprol too and that's an interesting observation. I hate hate hate it when you can't see the same doctor, and then nobody communicates with the other. I had a bad flare of my restless leg syndrome and called to see my…"
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"Oh, dearest lady, another year yet again? The inexorable currents of life carry us on, no? Peace to you in the coming days."
Kathy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Yes yes yes, dear Judith! I feel there is little support for those of us who try to manage without pumps and cgms."
Kathy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"All PWDs should have access to technology - cgm's, pumps, etc. I feel like I falling further and further behind because I cannot afford either."

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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 .

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Diabetes Blog Post Poem

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:46pm 2 Comments

Fear Comes To Visit

he is out there

almost every day

standing at the end of my sidewalk

wearing a ratty old trench coat

and fedora hat

pulled down so I can’t see his face

lurking in the shadows

he wants me to invite him in

so he can tell me

over and over again

that I will die

a long, slow death

from diabetes

i do not need to use my imagination

for he

describes everything

in lucid detail



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…




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