Monday, November 24, 2008

What She Would Have Been...

She would have retired.

Much to her chagrin, she would have started getting 'senior discounts' at the stores and online.

She would perhaps finally have taken that long-overdue second honeymoon with Dad.

She would have taken up a second career, like the answering service she always dreamed of running or the McDonald's franchise she wanted to buy.

She would have celebrated her children's weddings, and enjoyed the company of a new daughter- and son-in-law.

She would have welcomed her granddaughter with unequaled joy, and doted over her.

She would have helped out at holiday meals and been a part of every extended family gathering.

She would have been a proud great aunt to three more little cousins.

She would have been relieved that my diabetes is in such good control.

She would have worried, like always, every time I was RPS, and clucked over me until I felt better.

She would continue to be my main support for all things, diabetes and otherwise.

She would have been glad that I finally found someone to love and take care of me.

She would have been loved, and cherished, like always.

She would have been 62 yesterday.

Happy Birthday, Ma. I love you (:-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth...

Dear friends of the OC, I have a question...I'm considering surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed (at the ripe old age of mid-30-something!) and I'm curious. Have you had it done, and how did it go? For those on MDI, what did you do to deal with your BG levels? Did you take painkillers/steroids? How did they affect you?

I'm leaning toward a plan involving local anesthesia, doing one side of my mouth at a time. (I haven't had surgery since having my tonsils out at age 4, so the thought of going under is a little nerve-wracking.) I have two 'supernumerary' teeth in my upper jaw that will need a little more pushing & pulling than anticipated. Also, one of the lower teeth is hitting on the big nerve down there that apparently provides feeling to one's entire jaw (yikes!). Anyone go through a simliar experience, and if so how did it work out? Has anyone gone under or had partial gas?

Any & all comments are most welcome, thanks!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Be Aware

Be aware. Diabetes isn't always what you think it is.

It can be visible. A finger stick in the lunch room, a pump in the board room. A pat-down at the airport. A needle and a vial in a bathroom.

It can be invisible. A hidden disability, yet disabling all the same. Robbing sleep, vitality, ambition, vigor. Worse, stealing sight, toes, limbs, life.

It can be controlled as well as can be expected by the clumsy efforts of human hands. But really: have you pondered how your kidneys filtered waste from your blood today? Can you think of the last time you worried how ATP got into your cells? Or how oxygen entered your bloodstream from your lungs? Does any basic metabolic function occupy your every waking thought?

There is no cure for diabetes. All the insulin in the world cannot banish it from your body. Be aware.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

D-Blogger Day

This is my first D-Blogger Day post. I joined the Diabetes OC in January 2008, after Googling 'type 1 diabetes blogs' and finding Six Until Me, Diabetes Mine and Tu Diabetes. As my first year of blogging comes to a close I think of how different the world is for me now. How many new friends I've met, how many helpful diabetes management tips I've learned, how many common problems we all share. But mostly, I think about the long years I've spent alone with this disease, never really knowing any other diabetics. I always felt like an alien trying to be human, a machine. It is overwhelming, uplifting, amazing, wonderful and beautiful, and so much more, knowing that there is such a special community online.

So thank you all for putting virtual pen to paper and writing about your lives. It makes me feel like someone truly, finally understands. In this month of giving thanks, I am grateful for all of you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Night Videos

Just got the results of my latest A1C back -- 6.1, same as in July. So all my stressing on it was for naught, I guess. I'd like to be back in the 5% club someday, but I'll take what I can get :)

In honor of my personal 'status quo', here's a little Status Quo from the ultimate '80s musical extravaganza...Live Aid :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008


Dear Mrs. _______,

Thank you for your letter regarding your visit to Six Flags Great America. I apologize for the delay in responding. However, careful review and consideration is given to each letter as we continually strive to improve our operations and service.

I appreciate it when our Guests take the time to contact me with their suggestions and concerns. I am always interested in our Guests’ experiences as they help us to continually improve our operations and service. On behalf of Six Flags, let me apologize for the inconveniences you experienced throughout your day.

Our Six Flags History began in 1961 with the opening of Six Flags Over Texas. At that time we established several principles which are still part of our day-to-day operation. One of these principles is a “Guest First” response towards all of our Guests. Each of our Team Members is highly trained to implement this “Guest First” response at all times, I am sorry that the Team Members you encountered during your visit did not portray this high standard that we set for ourselves.

In 2008 we implemented a loose article program to help increase the speed of our lines at the six rides utilizing the program and also to help reduce the number of articles lost on each of these rides. We do allow fanny packs which may be fastened around your waist, as long as they do not interfere with the operation of the restraint. Guests who have special medical needs associated with their bags are encouraged to visit Guest Services on the day of their visit to receive a Medical Sticker to put on their bag, allowing them to bring their bag through the ride queue line.

Guest satisfaction is very important to us at Six Flags Great America. We survey our Guests daily and have found that the vast majority of our Guests rate their overall experience at Six Flags as excellent or very good. As in all service industries, we do find that service breakdowns do occur. Please allow me to apologize on behalf of Six Flags for the inconvenience you have experienced.

I am sorry to hear about your last visit. I would like you to return to our Park as my Guests. Enclosed, please find a Complimentary Ticket Reservation, valid for four (4) complimentary admissions, which may be redeemed on any regularly scheduled operating day during the 2009 Seasons. On the day of your visit, present either your Complimentary Ticket Reservation or photo identification at Guest Relations to receive this offer.

I appreciate your family’s patronage and hope you will consider a return visit to Six Flags Great America.

Chris Morris, Guest Services, Six Flags Great America