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 .
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 -…Continue
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…
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…
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…
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…Continue