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Driving in Reverse

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Driving in Reverse



How is your driving these days? Not the car, or truck but your diabetic driving. How is that going? Have you stopped your diabetic drive and wondered where it is going? I know sometimes when I have examined my diabetic driving I have found I was driving in reverse. You know what I mean by driving in reverse? That is you feel burned out, overwhelmed, overtaxed, fed up with the whole mess.



There is a terrific story and metaphor about driving in reverse. It comes to us from the author Sherman Alexie, and was first expressed in his book “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. This book of interconnected short stories was later sort of made into a movie titled “Smoke Signals”. The stories are about a young man ‘Victor Joseph’ who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, who is a bit of a nerd and his best friend ‘Thomas Builds a Fire’. They encounter a host of characters, and adventures which tell a sort of interweaved story. Neither the book nor the movie is tightly wound and that leaves much room for the reader, or movie watcher to dig in and find their own truths. I read the book perhaps 15 years ago and saw the movie when it was in the theater in 1999. Needless to say I really enjoyed them.



One of my favorite characters, among many in the book is Simon. Simon lives on the reservation and he has a passion for winning contests. At the First Annual All-Indian Horseshoe Pitch and Barbecue, Simon won: the double ringer horseshoe tournament, the storytelling contest, coyote contest by telling the assembled crowd that basketball is the new tribal religion and the jump shot contest by hitting a jump shot from 100 years out. Simon also drives his car only in reverse.



Now it is explained that Simon is…

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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June 21, 1974
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Shots, Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
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At 11:12am on September 16, 2014, Ali Asghar said…

Thanks Rick !!1 :)

At 11:03am on September 15, 2014, Robyn said…

Thanks for the welcome Rick!

At 5:53am on September 15, 2014, Georgia boy said…

Thanks for the welcome. Really apreciate it. Told one of my nieces about this place. She's a diabetic also along with her mother. I keep after my brothers and sisters to be checked at all times. At least once a year. Took a long time for it to show on me. Already had one sister dx with it before I was. And she had been dx years before me. So runs in family. Hopefully the neice and her mother will be coming here.

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