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At 3:58am on April 14, 2015, Marie B said…

I finally heard from reed, he and russ are ok and home. he's exhausted and not sleeping. tom comes thursdays through sundays. whew i was worried.

I'm going to set up a topic in the "community" category on the new site maybe called "Reed's Homeroom" or "friends of reed" where we can all check in. I'm also going to have another one called "share your classic rock videos" - it's super easy to embed stuff over there.

finally getting some warmer weather. what a horrible winter. hugs.

At 8:09am on March 18, 2015, Mark said…
At 7:49am on March 6, 2015, T1Duck said…
Thanks for the welcome :)
At 9:42am on February 22, 2015, Mark said…
At 6:16am on February 21, 2015, Marie B said…

Hi Kathy, I wanted to thank you for the valentine. hope you are staying warm. it's crazy cold here too. our next door neighbor came up for the weekend and his place is not winterized. maybe he was worried about pipes freezing. my bgs have been terrible the past few days. it really sucks the energy out of you.

At 5:07pm on February 20, 2015, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy. I hope this finds you well and no more snow. I am doing as well as I can. I hate living in a wheelchair. I had my first chemo test results today and every thing looks. I go 3 more Fridays. Snowbirds not happy iy was 23 degrees this morning. I miss church but the Vathedral is closed. They hoeMass in a school cafeteria. Take good care of yourself. HUGS,Reed

At 3:36pm on February 19, 2015, Mark said…
At 7:58pm on February 11, 2015, SEAGATOR said…

Kathy Olease send me a friebd request, I woud like you yo know what is going in. I find all about my chemo theraoy Friday,'Miss you.
Sold my car so really housebouf, I a Russ;s nurse 24 hiyrs a dat, HUGS,Reed

At 6:45am on February 10, 2015, wendy said…


At 6:23am on February 6, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy,
I am home today. It is supposed to be super cold so I am kind of glad. Yesterday was so bad with wind. I started Zoloft and it made me sick to my stomach and to have a terrible headache. Now I am even more depressed! It is supposed to go away but with my liver I might not be able to take it.
I had an Endo appointment today. I am sorry I missed it because my diabetes is awful, but in a way this will give me some time to write things down. Lots of lows. I hate it. It hurts.
How is your weather? How are you feeling? It is sure nice to know what is going on with Reed.
I am cleaning too and my son is really getting into the cleaning as well. The place is so much nicerzh now. My son is quite a good cleaner. He set up the big screen TV for Netflix. It is nice.
Zen is being very mean to the new cat. He comes out but keeps his distance. He is so cute. Whenever I get near the bed he attacks my feet from underneath.
I am stuck on hold to cancel my appointment. I lost my good phone and bought a cheap PITA one. I still don't have it down.
Let me know what is going on with you.
Thanks again for the Rock group page. It is fun. Here is a new song that is stuck in my head. I heard it on the way home yesterday. I usually don't like the divas, but this is fun.
Ammi is slimming down quite a bit. He was getting pretty broad in the beam. He is such a pest sometimes that we used to feed him to calm him down, big mistake.

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Kathy commented on Tamra's blog post 'Oh, Blood Thinner, I Am Happy To Say Goodbye'
"I have never taken Plavix, but I do take warfarin, which is also a blood thinner. About 5 years ago I was in the hospital for 4 1/2 months with complicatios=ns from cancer surgery - heart failure, kidney failure, and respiratory failure I have…"
Kathy replied to Adele's discussion 'cold hands and diabetes'
"Yes, I agree - sounds exactly like Raynauds."
Kathy left a comment for Marie B
"Marie, thanks for the update. I think of Reed every day. I started a classic rock group on Facebook (which I know you don't do) and it took off with great success. One here should be fun too!"
Marie B left a comment for Kathy
"I finally heard from reed, he and russ are ok and home. he's exhausted and not sleeping. tom comes thursdays through sundays. whew i was worried. I'm going to set up a topic in the "community" category on the new site maybe…"
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Apr 4
Kathy left a comment for SEAGATOR
"Hi Reed - thinking of you today. Weather is warming up nicely - low 60's today. Started my guitar lessons last week, and I think the teacher and I are a good fit. However, my fingers are very sore!! Take care."
Mar 31
Kathy commented on rick (aka: #blankieboy)'s blog post 'Life is what happens'
"Good writing, Rick"
Mar 27
Kathy replied to Maddy's discussion 'Diabetes Alert Dog'
"Also check this out"
Mar 20

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Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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March 1, 1974
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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!
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Kathy's Blog

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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