Just a Reminder…


Please keep all comments in here and off of the public pages. I not only want to make it easier for those who are interested to see how things are going, but to more or less  keep it out of the public view for awhile at least. Thanks for being understanding!

Kath

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Boy, It’s Dusty Around Here!


Hi again, I have to admit I’ve more or less been through Hell and back lately, The operable word there is back. But…I’m headed for a fight. I have developed cellulitis and it is spreading like an Unzer on  a racetrack. We ended up at the Emergency room at the hospital after we had a 5 HOUR WAIT! And why was I there?? I had called my diabetes specialist from when they opened at 9 AM and another at mid morning and left two messages since they were obviously goofing off and not attending to the business of doctoring. I also left explicit descriptions of what was happening to me and said I needed antibiotics…STAT! And spent the entire day waiting on them to call me or the pharmacy with no results. The day ended with their answering service telling everyone to go to the emergency room if it was an emergency or if it was anything else to call back during regular office hours. EXCUSE ME!!!        But hadn’t I been doing that all day???

Isn’t there a hippocratic oath in there some where??  Doesn’t that word look suspiciously like it has a close relationship with hypocracy?   Well I can’t bash them all, I have known some jewels and I happen to think that the sun rises and sets in my GP. She is awesome and I trust her with my life. And that’s why a HELP call went out to her. She is out of pocket until my reg. appointment with her on Thursday but the PA will take me Monday morning at 9:30 so that helps. The hospital gave me a few 5oo mg Cipro tabs to start on so I am doing that with a prayer that it  makes a start on killing this infection.

There have been so many friends and relatives emailing me and asking how I am that I can’t possibly keep up, especially since I have been down a lot. So resurrecting the blog seemed the best thing to do. Thank you all so much for caring. I also discovered when checking in again that there are a lot of other people subbed and reading too and that is terrific! Join in you quiet ones, this is a great group to belong to. Check back often for updates, I will definitely keep you informed.

Kath…


Home from the hills, the rolling hills of white sand dunes that is. ♫  ♪ ♫”Over the water and through the dunes to the Doctor’s house we go.” ,   ♫“The truck knows

Does this method of administering insulin seem a bit strange??

Does this method of administering insulin seem a bit strange??

the way, She shouts an ‘OLE!!!’ and does her impersonation of Charrrro….”Tceeeeeeee-yow!!  Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang—Aiiiiii  yiiiii…” ♪  ♫

Today was “I” day. And for you who know not what “I” Day is, It’s Insulin day! The day when we all dump what’s left of our saline out in the parking lot flower beds and fill our reservoirs with Pure sparkley drops of insulin, jab the big needle into our tummys and set that cannula. Then we are plugged in and ready to go. I have to call her within 24 hrs. (by 8:30 tomorrow morning) and let  her know I am still alive and kicking and read her my numbers and times. For the first few days she wants me to take readings 10 times during the night and day. What’s that…Uh, Before meals and two hours after is 6 so that means 4 times during the night. With my sleep and pain problems that means no sleep for 4 days. Yep. That’s do-able. Sure… And Terry usually has to help me because those non-functioning numb hands look like they are massaging something and getting nowhere. How that is going to play out during the night and when he is at work is anyone’s guess. And yes, feel free to guess if you want. I will check in periodically and let you know how I’m doing with the  cannula in me delivering what I need to survive, the numb hands and the most perplexing thing of all, the numb head. That one wouldn’t surprise Dad however. 😀 Oka y, time to check the blood. Over and out. Kath

Addendum:

Well, the numb hands are wo rse (right one swelling) and now the right side of my head wanted to get in on the fun and it is numb. Right arm and hand are now swollen. The neurologist has set a brain MRI for Wednesday to see what it shows. If nothing we will chase down the nerve endings that are involved.  Some days it’s a little harder to get to the humor. Wednesday – brain scan Thursday – diabetes appt. (pump is doing well and seems to be keeping the numbers lower.)

Sleepy in the South


What time is it? What day is it? Where do  live???

I am sorry to admit that I slept the morning away! I was so  tired last night after grabbing a bite to eat I just went to the recliner, eased myself into it and promptly found myself in dream land. I won’t bore or thrill you with my dreams (at least not this time) and I awoke a few times and dropped back to the streets of Chicago and my partner, Mickey Spillane. Ooops, almost gave that one away!

To the matter at hand… the neurologist was happy i gave myself a little stroke test each time something went numb, but unhappy with the head numbness over the hand numbness it seemed. She aksi wasn’t thrilled with the spasms. I had forgotten those, but Terry kindly reminded me and told her about them. If I have neglected to inform you, I am sorry, I really thought I had. 😦 It consists of an arm or leg taking off in a huge spasm and slamming down on the desk or the floor and hitting it hard. It hurts like fire and I holler. End of story. Can’t tell when one is coming but they sure can wreak havoc.

Bottom line, off to a brain MRI on the 15th and an appt again for the results on Feb 5th.  I will definiely keep you all finom

 

Cloak and Dagger


We really need to stop meeting like this. Although, what better description of my cloak_and_dagger_by_jim_lee_by_northchavis (1)horror faced stalker. It seems lately he is always at my back. Who better to pen us than J. Scott Campbell.

It’s been a long time and that’s my fault. In fact, I am going to do it to you again. Only because I have an appointment with my neurologist today at 4 and I will report in after that again. I have stupidly developed numb fingers, hands and now the right side of my head. A little numbness is not bad, it can help with the pain. But these are  particularly annoying since they also brought a friend with them who thinks it’s funny to cause me to stumble a lot and lose my equilibrium  It’s just a barrel of laughs around here, and so I must go or I’ll be late.

Until later this evening….

Kath

All Sweetness and Light People…FRONT & CENTER!


It’s now time to pay your dues, you who thought you were getting away with those bags of fries, those doughnuts with powdery white goodness on top (an NO, it’s not illegal drugs. It may well be for you and I now, it’s powdered sugar. You know, quit playing dumb, that white stuff on the doughnuts that you love slowly licking off of your fingers after the doughnut is gone. mmmmmmmmmmm

We weren’t addicted, not back then, but look around you and about 30% of your friends are standing behind you, with that telltale ring of frosting at the corners of their sweet little mouths. Yep, it finally got you and now it’s payback time. Take a seat and follow along in the booklets in front of you. AFTER you take that insulin pump out of its box and hook it to that round rubber looking affair over there using that plastic tubing.

And that is exactly how it began with me last Tuesday at the training session for my new insulin pump setup. I had taken delivery of the items in a large box a week and a half before and dutifully looked through it as instructed. Then began a home course on it’s operation along with lots of information that I didn’t know concerning diabetes and its beginnings and it’s ravages on the body if not controlled. I didn’t know how quickly you can die from it, nor how persistent it can be and the numbers (growing every day) of those of us blinded, without kidneys and without limbs. A whole host of other ailments and maladies are there waiting to jump onboard also so we are lucky that we still have time.

Stars who died of diabetes

‘Sweet Joe’ Russell, singer with the Persuasions, dies 72

“Sweet Joe” Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the “kings of a cappella,” has died. (May 5, 2012)

Joe Russell Cause of death
Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes.
Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death

David Peaston, R&B Singer, Apollo star, dies 54

David Peaston (1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B/gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He is mostly known for the singles, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right)” and “Can I?”, the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

In the late 1980s, Peaston, a former schoolteacher, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

David Peaston cause of death
David Peaston died from complications of diabetes on February 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David Peaston  was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Marvin Isley, Isley Brothers, dies 56

Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010) was one of the members of the family music group, The Isley Brothers and a bass guitarist. Marvin Isley the youngest of the brothers grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1972.

Death of Marvin Isley
Marvin Isley died on June 6, 2010, from complication of diabetes at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 56

Evel Knievel

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel’s nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports events of all time.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. “It’s been coming for years, but you just don’t expect it. Superman just doesn’t die, right?” was Rundle’s reaction

Billy Henderson, Singer in Spinners

Billy Henderson (August 9, 1939, Detroit, Michigan — February 2, 2007, Dayton Beach, Florida) was an African-American singer. He was an original member of The Spinners, a soul vocal group.

Billi Henderson’s Death
Henderson died of complications caused by diabetes.
Billi Henderson was 67 years old at the time of his death

The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends including Henderson from a High School in Ferndale, Michigan. They had several hits, especially in the 1970s, such as “I’ll Be Around” (1972) and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick) and “The Rubberband Man”. The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans.

In 2004, Henderson had to leave The Spinners after he tried to sue the corporation and the business manager of the group for financial reasons.

Curtis Mayfield – Soul Musician “Superfly”

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums.

Later years
In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated due to diabetes. Mayfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999. Unfortunately, health reasons prevented him from attending the ceremony.

Death of Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield died on December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia from Diabetes
Curtis Mayfield was 57 years old at the time of his death

Category: Deaths from diabetes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Deaths_from_diabetes

This is a list of noteworthy people who died from diabetes-related complications. I could go on and on of course talking of what I have learned lately, but there is time for that later on.

So there I sat with one other person in the training class with me. Her white knuckles on the table and the ruddy hue to her face along with her statement, told the story. “I DO NOT want to do this. I can’t stand the thought of wearing something that will be dispensing things into my body. I LIKE the shots, they are fine, let me continue to do them for Heaven’s Sake!”

By this time I am thinking this was her doctor’s idea and she had no part in it. I smiled at her and said “You will do fine, we just have to get used to the idea.” The low growl with clenched teeth told the trainer and myself it might be wise to move forward. So we did. Without boring you with details, we are learning how to program the monitor, how to fill the meter with insulin, how to check our blood with one meter which then relates this number to the main meter hooked to us using wi-fi, (we are techies) and then watch it go through it’s figuring and finally come up with a dosage to dispense over time called a bolus. We are wearing our new pumps which are filled with saline this week so we don’t kill ourselves 🙂 It will be changed out at the next appt. For the real stuff! That is in a week and a half. Then finally a third visit and that’s it. It’s a little weird feeling it hanging there on your waistband (or wherever you want to wear it comfortably.) It beeps at me and vibrates and is generally a fun date other than the part that is under your skin.

I will let you know how it goes. I’m taking suggestions for a name. After all something held this close to you all the time needs to have a moniker worthy of it’s position.

In other news, the right leg is giving out which means more time in the chair and also a new appt. With the dr. who is giving me a shot in that knee. He had to bail on me due to something that came up. Now I need him I’m afraid.

To all a Merry beginning of holidays soon and keep the shiny side up!!!

Kath

I Fall To Pieces…♫


I fall to pieces,
Each time I see you again.
I fall to pieces.
How can I be just your friend?

Patsy dropped by again this morning and you can see what effect her morning coffee visit had on me. I told her to please head on over to San Antonio Rose’s house next time. I’m afraid one day she will show  up singing “Crazy Arms” and then another malady will be sitting at the kitchen table too.  Instead I fell again twice. On the good side, My bones have got to be as strong as steel to hold up under this many falls, crashing to the floor and no breakage results. I do count my blessings.

And now for the real reason I am here bright and early this morning, last night at suppertime, a knock on the door and delivered one day early… you guessed it, my insulin pump!! And here for your viewing pleasure is that sweet bit of equipment in all it’s shining glory. Tons of it! The pump, a heavy thick book of instructions and explanation, Tubing, a “Quick Set Infusion Set”, a “Reservoir”, a “Quick-Serter” (looks like the part that goes next to the body and holds the insertion items, and a Revel, Paradigm,Real Time Mini Med. (Looks like equipment for when you are on the go. ) Wow. And this is supposed to be easier. Doc said in my last visit to just go on as always now and when the classes start to teach me   all about it, we will be switching over to the pump. He thinks this will be a saving grace for my runaway numbers and I hope he is right. The cost of this beauty in a box?? Over $8,000. Now I am going to be afraid to breathe for fear of breaking it. 🙂 Here’s a picture of another. I also have instructions to  play the DVD that came with it  and take a small test afterward. Then, pack it all up in your carry bag and bring it to the first training session. We lined up the three sessions which are all in November and ending right before Thanksgiving, then I am on my own.

I imagine there will be lots of others there taking the training and we will all sit there craning our necks forward yelling, “Huh? I didn’t catch that! Can you talk a little louder, I NEED TO KNOW THIS STUFF!!!”  And here are the images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Coming Attractions” in the month of November…

  • Ultrasound on legs and possible surgery on them.
  • Shot in right knee and  maybe more
  • Physical Therapy with emphasis on traction
  • Training for the “Pump” and beginning to use it