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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

At 9:37am on April 6, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy. I did not do well last night. A lot on my mind. My legs were like jelly so I did not go to church. Interesting watchinh Russ go the buffers, Oxygen comes next week. His insurance would not pay for battery operated tank. Too pricey. But will pay for a gas operated one, Russ said what do I do light it with a match. About 5 last night we had hurricane force rain.I hope Chico went home.He heard the thunder and wanted to get out. Not much else to report.I got all the laundry done. Take good care. HUGS,Reed

At 4:52am on April 6, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, I was surprised how well my hair came out. I had brown with a red tint in it. When I put the streaks in I did them all over and I used all the stuff. I had my doubts when Chris came in and said, "Oh, finally going to be grey, huh? I have talked about it. It was just the highlighter which looks like powder. He said I looked like the grandmother on the Adams family. Then when it  was done I didn't like it until after I styled it exactly this way. Some parts turned like red, kind of pink, so I have to part it the opposite way to cover them up.
I am glad you enjoyed you fiddle lesson. I am cleaning too. I started with the closet three days ago. I am not in shape. Trying on all the clothes wore me out. I plan to finish today and do the shelves. Are you doing spring cleaning? How is your weather? Here it was like early summer, then it rained, now it is cold.
You should send me a picture of your new dress for the wedding so I can see. I love dresses. I love that expression on Esther's face in that picture. It couldn't be cuter, like a Cheshire cat. Well, time for coffee. Talk soon. Ellen

At 11:14am on April 5, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi, I did my hair. It came out good. Last night when I was done coloring it just I put a picture on my page. Thanks for the idea. It was fun and saved me tons of money. Ellen

At 7:12am on April 5, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hi Kathy, Well I did it. I attempted to put some blonde in my hair. Since my hair is all gray and the roots show up very quickly I thought trying to make blond streaks, I would lighten it over time and then just start dying my hair blonde completely when it grew out enough. The fist time turned out good. It lightened it but I took the dye off early because I was scared. This time I bought a kit, medium blonde, one shade lighter. I died the whole thing but the roots were lighter still so I took the highlighter and used it all and left it on for the whole time. I have a whole bunch of colors in my hair now from white to light brown. My hair had a red tint to it so in a couple places it looks pink! I think that it looks better light but I need to work on getting the pink out. Hopefully the sun will help and next month I will just put all the highlighter on the parts that are red and pink. It is not that bad. I remember once I died my hair with intense red. My hair was orange with purple roots. Even with the pink. I like it. That highlighter stuff really takes all the color out well. by my temples it got very blonde but where my hair was dark blonde it ligtened it a lot but needs another hit. How are you doing this weekend? Is you weather better? Did you have a rought week? Take care, Ellen

At 5:58am on April 5, 2014, lotsofshots said…

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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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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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