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At 8:09pm on January 25, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, Thanks for making that classic site on FB. I had a roll tonight. I had to stop myself. This can get addicting. It is a lot of fun. Well, Monday again. We are supposed to have a big snowstorm. I will believe it when I see it. I hope it comes in the night so I can stay home another day. Are you still playing the fiddle?

At 4:49am on January 24, 2015, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

sorry you have to get through about the first 1.30 in order to enjoy the video.

At 4:48am on January 24, 2015, rick the "Blogabetic" said…
At 11:26am on January 22, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, I saw your pictures on Reed's page and I wanted to tell you that your hair looks nice. I like the way it frames your face and is many shades of color. Do I see some red? Where are your wrinkles lady? I don't see ANY.

At 4:44am on January 18, 2015, lotsofshots said…
At 4:05am on January 17, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, I am glad you loved seeing "Unbroken" and I enjoyed it so much but I lost my cell and that really upset me. There were only five people in the whole theater on Monday and I got a senior and military discount. It only cost seven dollars. They had installed new Lazyboy seats that were double and also went back and I heard a noise and didn't pay attention. I guess it was my cell phone falling on the floor. I left and went right back five minutes later and it was gone. Someone picked it up I guess. There were two girls in front of met that probably saw it. It was locked and on airplane mode so I guess that is the end of that. The problem is the two year contract. I didn't get insurance and a new one is over 200 to replace and is only a 4S and now the IPhone is up to a 6. I don't know what to do and now nobody can call me.
My diabetes has been really sucky, almost feeling like DKA with the shallow breathing and funny smelling fruity breath. I got it down and I have three days off for MLK day so I am going to watch it carefully and make an appointment with my doctor.
I went to the shelter to "visit" and ended up getting a boy kitten. Looks just like Zen and I thought it would be fun to see how long it took my son to know I had two cats instead of one. It is under the bed and Zen is so angry he is here in her space. I will spend the three days off trying to get them together.
It is cold for us here. Windy and under freezing. How is your weather? Still really cold. I miss you. Ellen

At 7:31pm on January 7, 2015, Mark said…

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At 3:46pm on December 30, 2014, lotsofshots said…

How cute!!! That isn't a chili pepper she is eating right?

Latest Activity

Kathy commented on Tamra's blog post 'Shooting Lasers'
"Did they call it a "secondary" cataract? Did they use a machine called a YAG Laser? I got a cataract after having a vitrectomy. The surgery was uneventful, but no one told me about the secondary. I was at my computer and noticed that the…"
9 hours ago
Kathy replied to Lemonz's discussion 'Fast resting heart rate, anyone?'
"Lots of good answers here. Mine varies from 90-100, and I've had all the tests. My internist said anything under 110 is okay. That seems pretty high to me, but the more you fret, the higher it goes."
16 hours ago
Kathy replied to Barbara's discussion 'Post DKA/ Advice needed'
"The only thing I can comment on is recovery time (I do not pump). My doc said that DKA is like "running a marathon with no training". I was very weak and disregulated for about 2 weeks after. Not fun. Stick close with your doctor. Does he…"
16 hours ago
Kathy left a comment for Kathy
"Hi Kathy. I'm also from Minnesota and live in Minneapolis. I have been with TD from the start and you will find it to be a community of experienced, well-informed, and compassionate people. Please check out the groups dealing with children with…"
Kathy left a comment for SEAGATOR
"Hi Reed. Now we have had unseasonably warm weather - 40 degrees today. Bu the cold is supposed to be back on Thursday. This weekend there is a huge cross country ski festival and race. People come from all across the county It is a big deal.…"
Kathy commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Who Do See When We Go To The Doctor'
"The only time I've seen a NP was in urgent care. Otherwise I see a regular doctor."
lotsofshots left a comment for Kathy
"Hi Kathy, Thanks for making that classic site on FB. I had a roll tonight. I had to stop myself. This can get addicting. It is a lot of fun. Well, Monday again. We are supposed to have a big snowstorm. I will believe it when I see it. I hope it…"
Kathy left a comment for SEAGATOR
"Hi Reed. How are you doing today? I assume To comes every weekend. I just checked the temp on my computer and it is 45 degrees! My neighbor was pumping up his bike tires when I got home. And, since we have had relatively little snow, there is not a…"

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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!
Stop over and visit my blog at www.kathy4762.blogspot.com .

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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