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At 11:58am on February 26, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Hey Twiddle how are you.? My computer was messed up and my cell too. I haven't been around for a while. I see that you haven't either. I hope that you are busy and that I don't have to worry about you. I think about you often, when I see the moon, flowers, and especially when I walk through the woods because you are the only person I know who believes in fairies!
I was very sick from that operation with lots of complications. Now I cannot eat fat, protein or sugar and I have to keep all my BGS stable or I itch terribly inside and out. It is part of the liver problem. Nobody ever told me that liver disease was a complication of diabetes. Anyway, it got to the point where I was itching so bad and especially in my throat and I could not sleep for over a month. I was so exhausted that I was acting hysterical. I had to go into the hospital for insomnia and to stabilize my BGs and address my throat problem. I was there over Christmas. I lost a lot of weight. I used to be chubby like you but now I am eight pounds underweight. I can't tell you how good it feels to be thin. I can't say how much better I feel not being able to eat anything much but vegetables and brown grains and sour fruit. I also have to drink tons of water because my liver is not functioning normally.
At first it was almost impossible but I had no choice. I bet you could lose weight this way. I think your health would improve. I am off a lot of medications now too. I have found some interesting meals to make with veggies that taste okay.
I think I told you I got a dog. It is a lot of fun to have both the dog and the cat. At first they hated each other. Now they are starting to get interested in bugging each other. I hope that things are going well with you and the family and cats. Is it spring for you yet? Ellen

At 8:34am on January 28, 2014, Marie B said…

twiddle, some folks in the chat room were asking if you'd been around lately, and I just thought I'd check up on you. what's the latest news from the 'shire?

At 7:15am on January 3, 2014, Trudy said…

Happy New Year to you, too, Raymond. I hope you & your family & kitties enjoyed the Holidays.

At 5:00am on January 1, 2014, jrtpup said…

At 6:47pm on December 31, 2013, Zoe said…

Hi there, twiddle. Lots mentioned you have gout and some have suggested my swollen toe might be gout. I'll friend you and if you have time maybe you can tell me if that sounds like what I have. Thanks, Zoe.

At 4:56pm on November 5, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

We all have rough days. The main thing is to keep going. Do not give up. I am 86 and am having cancer surgery tomorrow. Whatever will be will be. I have enjoyed your writings. I like what Mark Twain said, I HAVE HAD A LOT OF WORRIES IN MY LIFE MOST OF WHICH NEVER HAPPENED. My best to you. Reed

At 4:44pm on September 18, 2013, shoshana27 said…

hi tweedle we all miss you so much hope you're well please let us hear good news from you

At 8:00am on June 6, 2013, jrtpup said…

Dear Twiddle, we'd love to have you join in Why I Participate In This Community. I adore your writing, any opportunity for more is most welcomed ;)

At 1:55pm on June 5, 2013, Linda G said…

Look who's the featured member!!! BRAVO Twiddlemthumbs :)

At 7:14pm on June 3, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Twiddlemthumbs, Congratulations on being named featured member of the week.

At 2:37pm on March 16, 2013, Marie B said…

Ray, could you leave a comment for Lotsofshots here

I really don't want her to miss your comment about Shopshire fairy dust! just that little bit of special magic she would love to see. I know she likes snow, and wouldn't you know it is snowing here right now in New Jersey.

so sorry to hear about your cough. my goodness, and thanks for showing us the beautiful picture of your "girls". now I know why you call her "your angel" - a beautiful smile, and the love in her eyes for you so shining through.

At 5:15pm on March 14, 2013, Marie B said…

hey "Twiddle" please can you leave a message for our friend Lotsofshots, she had an operation today, and I know it would mean a lot to hear from her Shropshire lad

At 10:19pm on March 4, 2013, Linda G said…

I'm passing this on to a few more of my friends ♥ Have a great Tuesday!!
luv and hugs....linda

At 5:33am on January 27, 2013, Trudy said…

Congratulations for being a featured member! It's nice to see you blogging again. My best to you and yours, including Smudge of course.

At 8:52pm on January 23, 2013, Linda G said…

You're a featured member!! BRAVO TWIDDLEMTHUMBS!!

At 4:56pm on January 23, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

HEARTIEST CONGRATS ON BEING A FEATURED MEMBER. Long time no see. I hope all has been well with you. Reed

At 6:04am on November 8, 2012, jrtpup said…

Our Annual Campaign is coming!

Would you consider helping by writing a short comment/testimonial about your
experiences at TuD? The main message for the campaign this year is that no
one with diabetes should ever feel alone. Messages from our community give
people a real-life, personal sense of how valuable TuDiabetes is to each of
us, how it's changed our lives, etc.

If you can, please include a photo of you doing something diabetic (if that
makes sense LOL). Please post to this group
(, or message to me from my page.

Thanks my friends!

At 7:42pm on October 24, 2012, jrtpup said…

Pssst.... pass it on!

I just wanted to stop by to see if you've done your Big Blue Test Today. Dont' forget that every time you log a Big Blue Test $5 is donated to diabetes charities that are providing life-saving supplies and services.

If you haven't yet, go log a Big Blue Test at If you have, do another!

At 11:34am on September 27, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Raymond, nice to see you around. just thought I'd let you know Lots has been dealing with a terrible protracted case of bronchitis. hugs to you and Angel and Smudge!

At 8:23pm on July 4, 2012, Linda G said…

"Stuff"!! How's the weather at your and muggy here...was going to weed after the brief rain shower we had here yesterday....but the air was very thick....and my back still recuperating from having washed the kitchen floor 3x over on all fours (the old fashion way) the day before, when our middle grandson Riley (2) decided to spit out his juice all over the place. I would have been arrested for what I toyed doing to him! The room that our daughter was in before moving into her own place is now taken up as a storage room for Timothy and Steph (son and d-i-l). (Our son and daughter and theirs were here since mid January since the house they shared burned to the ground. No one was hurt, except for 3 pets that perished. Our daughter has moved into a new apartment, and our son has purchased a house and they are moving out of our place mid July!) The storage unit they have rented is all full!!! They're moving into their own house starting the 19th of this month! The repeat empty nest syndrome lol. It sure will feel odd to have the whole house to ourselves again! Steph (d-i-l) has a bad ear/sinus infection. She went to a walk in clinic yesterday, and was put on meds, including ear drops. Early evening, her ear was bleeding, which is not uncommon with ear infections...but I nevertheless offered to take her to ER, knowing that we'd be there for at least 6 no no...she didn't want to go. Midnight, as I'm coming out of the washroom to go to bed, she and Timothy are at the kitchen table...seems that now she feels she should take me up on that earlier offer. I said to her, "you realize that we'll be there all night 'till mid morning anyway!"
She had gone to the internet, and of course got frightened by the comments and suggested diagnoses of her bleeding ear! (sigh....who listens to me!!) So I said..."call telehealth" (a telephone access here, that helps to give you a heads up about your symptoms). They basically paraphrased my comment to her..."you have been seen, you DO have an ear infection which may bleed, you are on medication for it, you do NOT have cancer nor have you suffered trauma to the head. Call your doctor in the morning if it is still bleeding" Who listens to me!!! So this morning, she called her doctor who will see her at....3pm, and the appointment was later changed to 7pm! Guess the doc doesn't share her concern!! goes on in the Miller household! Sounds SO much like a soap that I should ask you to stay tuned tomorrow...same time same station! How's life at YOUR end??
hugs and best wishes....linda



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