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At 4:21am on December 10, 2014, wendy said…
At 8:29am on December 9, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy. I had Thanksgiving. I cooked the meal all from the wheelchair. Our tree is up. Russ right now putting on old fashioned tinsel. Tom put the tree on a timer so it goes on at5:30 and off at 11. Next weekend lights in the window. Packages left outside. Neither Russ or I cab get them. So we will rely on a neighbor. We are not fit to ber doing this. Russ is in agony. He went to doctor yesterday pain both sides from his back. You just touch him and he yells. I am so tired of moaning and groaning. Poorsoul he cannot help it.These are the saddest days of my life. HOUSEBOUND. Russ cannot drive. We only get out when Tom is here. I can do everything from the WC but at the end of the day do I ache. Hope all is well with you. HUGS,Reed

At 1:54pm on November 28, 2014, Marie B said…

Kathy, thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. hope yours was great too! We went to my sister's place in the Poconos, it's like a big country club with houses and condos, and we had dinner at the golf club, overlooking the snowy course. It was nice to see my sister and her husband and also my nephew. so anyway, this left my free turkey from shop rite with nothing to do, so I am roasting it now. got a card today from reed, he seems a little shaky. anyway, hugs sis, love ya!

At 2:36pm on November 25, 2014, wendy said…

You too sweet friend and remember it's all about the base-Where's that BUTTER !!! :)

At 8:58am on November 25, 2014, catlover said…

Kathy- Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. This time we are getting the snow. Take care. Cat

At 7:28am on November 25, 2014, Jane K said…

I'm thankful for your cyber friendship (and I hope to meet you in person - maybe next May when I attend my 25th reunion at St. Olaf...). I'm thankful for your positive spirit, your sense of humor, your perseverance, and your art. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

At 7:28am on November 25, 2014, Trudy said…

Hi Kathy. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! We seem to be having winter already. I'm thankful for furnaces!

At 8:20am on November 16, 2014, catlover said…
Kathy-Thanks for the pic of Esther and Lexi. What a beautiful dog. I hope Kona stays friendly with her. How does Esther like having a dog ? Does she take her out in the bad weather. I heard you folks in Minn. already had snow. It seems like it was just snowing from last year. We are settled in our new apt. and like it very much. My house had 5 levels and now we are on 1 floor. Our cat, Zorro, has adapted to the new place. He still hides when anyone comes in the front door.What a little "whoos". I hope you are well and getting along in the cold. Take care. Cat
At 9:32am on November 7, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy So much gpoing on so much to be done I cannot keep up woth my friends. Finally getting onto garage alone to do the laundry. Being in a WC you have to reach for everything. I can now stand and get things/ I do all the cooking. Get the lunch dinner. Russ I am sorru to say does not do a thing bed to chair bed he has to ho0le on to walker so e cannot lift or carry anything . HE DOES HAVE A BASKET. God bless Tom he keeps up the yard for us.Hedoes the shopping. WE WOULD BE KIST WUTHOUT HIM. Russ cannot drive. I do not think he ever will again. I do not so we are housebound. I want to go to assisted living. Russ NO. So it goes. I a, doing ok. Get to church. Depressing. Hope a;; os well with you. For an active person like me this is a killer. HUGS,Reed

At 2:46pm on November 6, 2014, lotsofshots said…

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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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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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