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At 12:57pm on December 22, 2014, Mark said…

Leon looks so stoned.

At 10:22am on December 21, 2014, lotsofshots said…
At 6:15pm on December 20, 2014, pencushion said…


At 6:55am on December 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Kathy, Oh crap, I haven't even sent Christmas cards yet. This is typical for me and I have five years worth of them that I bought each year and never sent. Today is my last chance. The tree is up with no lights. Half of the porch is painted and half is not. Does this mean I can light up the painted side or hit the bushes. Christmas is so confusing!
I really have memory issues right now, hopefully from medication not dementia or Alzheimer's, it is getting a bit better, so I think medication is the issue.
Did you get to the post office as planned. I have a feeling that "nobody is getting nothing this year." but I also know that "those who give shall receive." What a dilemma. Just as long as I don't stress that is all I care about right now. Bah, humbug may have to apply even though I love Christmas. My mom used to make glorious ones. Ellen
Here's what I want for Christmas. Just kidding.

At 1:48am on December 18, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hello Kathy, It has gotten up to 50 in the afternoon and we haven't turned the heat on but in the morning walking from the parking lot it is cold. First I had on a jacket or sweater, then changed to my winter coat and gloves. Of course I already lost my scarf there at the hospital. Crap.
We have a bare fake tree up so far. No presents and no cards sent. I am so behind and at this point I am not in any condition to even try to catch up. I missed Thanksgiving and this is going to be a very tiny Christmas here at the house but my heart is in it and I will do my best. Hopefully I can at least get cards out and we can make a good meal Christmas day. Being out of work so long I can't buy much anymore. Christmas is in the spirit anyway and I really don't like packed malls and lines anyway. I am up at 430 every day now and boy is it different. Right now I am learning how to drive into the city of Washington DC on the beltway from Virginia. It is very difficult, lots to do at once and remember. I like going into the city. But now I have a 2 hour commute again each way because of all the traffic just what I was trying to eliminate, a long commute. I am having trouble keeping up my computer stuff because I can't think this early in the morning. Christmas is more like a break for me instead of a holiday this year when everyone takes off the 24-26. I like that everyone is wearing red or those silly Christmas sweaters. My whole life right now depends on keeping things really simple. I need to re-organize everything including my brain! I hope your weather holds up. The warmer the better for me with this driving. Ellen

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

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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 .

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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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