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At 1:01am on August 31, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Kathy, Thank you for your lovely card. I went to PCP Friday. All well. No more sleeping pills. He gave me sertraline take in the morning ???? as a result I have not slept for two nights. Russ takes patience. He keeps the house upset....sych a baby.I am going to suggest he go to a nursing home until he gets MUCH better. I am doing every thing. I need to walk more wit the walker. Vicks has come out with ZZZZquil...over the counter I am going to give it a try. Russ cannot be alonew so I will not go to church today. Tom reads. How are things with you? Can you believe today is last day of August. Take good care. HUGS,Reed

At 7:44pm on August 29, 2014, Mark said…

For a minute there, I thought a Unicorn was going to jump out of my monitor.

At 7:37pm on August 29, 2014, Mark said…

I think Dark Horse is one of my favorite GH songs.

At 7:34pm on August 29, 2014, Mark said…
At 7:23pm on August 29, 2014, Mark said…

Will write soon.

At 6:12pm on August 22, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

I just heard he may have to go to Rehab. If so,we will choose one in Gainesville and I could stay with Tom. I cannot stay here alone. I do not drive and I am in my WC most of the time. HUGS,Reed

At 2:23pm on August 22, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Sunday night we heard a cracking sound in the kitchen. We could not figure it out. Monday we discovered the tiles in the kitchen floor buckled. Tuesday Russ fell. Off to ICU Wed they started the floor. Loud drilling cracking DUST DUST everywhere. They will be done tomorrow. I have been here alone as I cannot get out. They also did the foyer. I am going crazy. Tom comes and bvrings me dinner. I think Russ will be in ICU a while. The minute he stands his BP drops to 50. Edema in the legs being drained. I gope they tell him to go to Rehab to get better. I have to find someone to clean this house from top to bottom. I am doing ok but bored. Hope things are well with you. HUGS,Ree

At 7:15pm on August 19, 2014, Cathy said…


SeaGator emailed me and I was very pleased to read Lots letter saying at least that she is not dead or something. Just sick still.


At 4:23pm on August 19, 2014, Cathy said…


I came to your page from Ellen's page. I haven't heard from her in about two months and I'm worried something is wrong. What can we do? Have you heard from her? I've tried calling her, private email and her page. I don't like to think something is wrong but what should we do if it is?


At 6:51am on August 15, 2014, Marie B said…

hi kathy, wow it's so cold here I closed all the windows. what the heck? it's the middle of August! supposed to get warmer this weekend.

I don't know why I grew them exactly, but I have a bumper crop of poblano chilis in one of my Earth boxes. only 2 plants. I guess I saw them at the garden center and remembered buyinh them for 4/pound. so now I'm looking for recipes. actually I love them, lots of flavor and not super hot.

I am a quilting judge actually. I don't want to be a baking judge, because for one, it would be hard to deal with blood sugars and try all that stuff. and I wouldn't be able to judge any categories where I had entries. haha.

had a most delicious BLT for breakfast. totally bolus worthy. hopefully I took enough insulin to cover it.

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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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