May 2010 Blog Posts (185)

I Choose...

The alarm clock on my nightstand says 3:55 AM. It pipes out the sounds of a gentle rain, and I grin to myself. I tap it off, and as I slide out of bed one of our dogs stretches and slides into the warm spot I vacate.The only sound is the other dog snoring softly in the living room. My little town is quiet at this early hour. No cars, no kids, no trains, no planes. I choose to wake at this hour.…


Added by Joe on May 25, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

The Kwiatkowski Press

Today I went in the interior. Sometimes I see some of the most dreary art in hospitals. It is always rendered with such skill, such precision. It makes a person feel tranquil. It is framed properly, of course. I can imagine that the frame cost as much as the art. Such is the way of hospital art. I don't want to generalize. I'm certainly no authority on the subject any more than I am an authority on the art I make. I just felt like draping some other art over the existing art. It was harmless… Continue

Added by Frank Kwiatkowski on May 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My BIG Diabetes Diet Secret

These days, people often ask me a lot of questions about my diet, weight loss, and Diabetes control. I think they expect me to tell them about some little known secret regarding a new fad diet, supplement, dietary shake, body wrap, or pill, that they could take, and magically have all their problems go away. They are often extremely surprised when I tell them my one, true secret:…

Added by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on May 24, 2010 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Introducing “TuAnalyze”: Why Mapping Diabetes Data Matters

Thanks to Amy Tenderich for the kind invitation to guest post on her prestigious blog! I had the opportunity to share with her readers about TuAnalyze. Here are a few lines from the post. I invite you to read the whole thing on her blog and, if you haven't yet signed up for… Continue

Added by Manny Hernandez on May 24, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

A Bitter-Sweet Experience

This past Saturday, I was able to attend my first (yes, first) JDRF walk in Springfield, MO courtesy of the Ozark Chapter of the JDRF. This is only the second walk in Springfield, Jessica Hickock was the event organizer and got the whole ball rolling in the first place by actually founding the Ozark Chapter. Over the last two years, this event has raised $75,000 for the JDRF so kudo's to Jessica and all the great volunteers who have made these events a such a great success.

Read more… Continue

Added by Scott on May 24, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Semper Fidelis Brother

Wednesday has brought upon some sad news to several of us. One of The Few and the Proud left us for a better place. Upon his leaving, the world is a lesser place. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. We love you Paul, Semper Fi, and goodbye.

Added by John F on May 23, 2010 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Meeting with Lung Doctor on May 21, 2010

OK, the doc seemed to have a sense of urgency about all of this. He said, Interstitial Lung Disease is when the Interstitiam (the microscopic fiber network in the lungs that extract the oxygen and put it in the blood) has become much thicker than it should be so you have trouble getting enough oxygen your blood. OK, what exactly can it be: Heart leaving water in the lungs so it could be a heart problem; Cancer; Infection, but since I was on a Z pack in the



Added by Clayton Bruster on May 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Summer High Tea

The weather was fantastic the hottest day of the year you roasted just waliking out of the fron t door you do not get days like this very often we not as often as we use to when I was a nipper, the wife and I spent ages in our local Asda( free plug for them ) deciding what to get for our son his partner and our three grandchildren Jessica Daniel and baby Jacob sheila chose this cheese I choose another we even argued over what type of lettuse to take in fact at one time we had 5 different…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on May 23, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

DUI or Hypoglycemia

Getting pulled over by police is never a good feeling. Today I saw something happen that I could not believe.

My grilfriend started a new job delivering newspappers today. Since my route is not far from her route we decided to work the two together to finish earlier. Everything was going great, papers were being delivered on time, her tempary decreased basal was set, and BG was in range, or so we thought. With four blocks left to do we each took two and picked a meet up…

Added by John S on May 23, 2010 at 5:30am — 41 Comments

That Card

Everyone gets dealt a hand of cards
Weather they're the cards you wanted or not.
Over time you gain cards, some good, some bad.
I was dealt a card not to long ago
A card that I hate.
I sometimes hide this card from people.
This is a card I want to put in the shredder
and burn the pieces.
Not may people have to deal with a card
like the one I've been dealt.
I can't, no matter what I do, put…

Added by Sydney on May 22, 2010 at 9:05pm — 6 Comments

Dining For Diabetes

We had a chance for a charitable meal recently at the Chili's restaurants in the Indianapolis area, through what was being called Dining For Diabetes. Basically, 10% of your total bill went to the JDRF. We ventured out on the final night of this effort, and of course almost ran into a hitch that could have foiled our plan! Read about it at The Diabetic's Corner Booth.

Added by Michael Hoskins on May 22, 2010 at 6:51pm — No Comments

The Rastafarian con man.

So the other day I was flicking through Pumping Insulin (4th edition) by John Walsh and Ruth Roberts, which, as many of us know, is one of the bibles of insulin pump therapy. There is however, one section that I can’t help but giggle when I read, not because the information is inaccurate or unhelpful, but just because of the poor choice of abbreviation.

The con mon.

Instead of the intended root of the term, the continuous… Continue

Added by Pilcrow on May 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Kwiatkowski Press

A few more posters here and there. I finished a plate today and am working on an Artaud portrait. It will soon be pressed and published. The plate I finished today has been pressed and will soon be published. I'm trying to keep up the pranks.

Added by Frank Kwiatkowski on May 22, 2010 at 1:18pm — No Comments

question re the glucose readings/guides

is it possible that for some people there's a natural need for more sugar in their blood, to function. that even though tests indicates a diabetic they will not suffer from any of the ills of diabetes. it seems that the ranges/guides are too cut in dry.

Added by frank on May 22, 2010 at 12:27pm — 15 Comments

Spring, really?

It seems that I have been in hiding all winter but I have just been busy. Kate & I joined the Anytime Fitness last January that is a 5-min drive from the house. We settled into a routine of MWF and occasional weekend. If felt good to be so active especially during the winter which is my worse time. It has paid off by lowering my A1c from 6.3 to 6.1. I usually rise a half point in the winter but I think the extra activity brought it down.

I don't test very often anymore.…

Added by Todd T. on May 21, 2010 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

It's not fun getting sick

Today at work I suddenly felt really sick. BG was 98 before lunch so it wasn't that.

Running to the potty a lot, oops, could it be a urinary tract infection? Called the doctor, sorry no appointments today, go to Urgent Care.

Went to Urgent Care, peed in a cup, now on antibiotics. The very very nice doc even wrote me a refill.

Now for the funny part. The medical assistant (I refuse to believe she could be a nurse) took my blood pressure, temp, etc.…


Added by Kathyann on May 21, 2010 at 6:18pm — 4 Comments

The Kwiatkowski Press

It's been an intense week of guerilla postings. I hit the hospital areas a few times. I posted in the neighborhood, hit Colfax three times. It takes a lot of work to give up my waste matter. I think the effort is giving my feet neuropathy. My bladder accumulates this sweet fluid that should be marketed as the next Kool Aid. I dare say I'm not gonna sample the urine. It's as if I'm p***ing on the telephone poles. There's this current running through them. They are so interconnected. They exist… Continue

Added by Frank Kwiatkowski on May 21, 2010 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Do the numbers

I'm a closet mathaholic. Yes, it's true. My day job is wordsmithing, but I like nothing better than sitting down with charts and graphs and working out stats and percentages. It's one reason I like Eric's pump so much, because every few weeks I get to sit down, upload the pump to Medtronic and enter an orgy of simple statistics supplied by their reports system so I can figure out how to adjust Eric's pump settings accordingly. Standard deviation over 70? That means Eric's sugars aren't as…


Added by Elizabeth on May 21, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hunting for Adult Type 1s...

The Hunt is On... And I'm not talking about Red October here. Check out what we're doing in Central Indiana as far as reaching out and connecting with Adult Type 1s, a sometimes forgotten segment of the diabetic population in the JDRF's eyes. You can read about it here at The Diabetic's Corner Booth. Please, let me know what you think, any outreach ideas you have, or if you're an Adult Type 1 in Indiana who…


Added by Michael Hoskins on May 21, 2010 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

“Could you just not bring him to school on days he might have low bloodsugar?”

No, it’s not a joke. Someone actually asked me that. A preschool director to be exact.

She also mentioned, “I wouldn’t want to ask my teachers to have to deal with something like that.” and “I just don't think this will work out.”…


Added by KMN on May 20, 2010 at 7:34pm — 11 Comments

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