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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A view from the other side

I love that there are almost many people that miss reading my blog.  For some reason I have just been in like a year long or so funk and haven't had the energy to post random things that happen in my life lately.  I miss it as well and have recently had a gaggle of things that I have been trying to write about but they all just come down to half baked ideas and thoughts that aren't blog worthy.  Till recently when I just got the amazing juices flowing.

I have been single for a while now and dating ladies is a lot of fun.  The getting to know the basics of kids, home life, and hobbies.  Then the first date and everything else about the whole process is great.  I embrace pretty much anything and everything that comes my way or is in my life, sometimes I embrace having diabetes too much some say.  Who knows, but I just enjoy all of it and love the amazing adventures and opportunities that have come my way.

Recently I dated a lady who is right up my alley.  She loves to hike, has a great personality, and is very attractive.  We have been on three fun dates and then the wildest thing happened.  I was on the inter-web and came across a blog that she has.  How amazing is that?  Another huge awesome quality we share so she earns another gold star.  Curious as I am I clicked on the blog and it was like opening Pandora's box or something.  Come to find out that she is like a serial dater and her blog and not to mention book she has written is all about finding guys to date and write about it on her blog.  I enjoyed reading it so much because it is like seeing the dates from her point of view without telling me them directly making it more sincere and stuff.  From the beginning I knew that this was not "the one" or anything.  She is a brilliant thinker and I am closer to a box of wet hair in the deep thoughts category, but she has so many things that we share that dating would be fun.  So here is here blog:

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I am played by the character named "Doug" and a few small details have been left out (I think to make me seem less awesome than I already am) like that she was actually 15 minutes late to our first date breaking her own rule number 1, I asked several follow up questions to the softball game but she is a fast walker and had to try to slow down and respond which might be why she  doesn't remember it all.  I did apologize about being late for dates number 2 and 3, but in her defense I went right into comedy and let her know exactly where I messed up with being on time.  Finally the science thing was during the movie and I enjoy short funny comments during a movie but didn't want a thesis statement about the real world and comic book wrong world science during the movie.  I would have loved to hear it afterwards.  My friend Ken is great at those discussions and I enjoy hearing them.  Small things, but I just wanted to share.  So if you would so kindly leave a quality response on her blog mentioning about how awesome this "Doug" guy sounds and lets have some fun with this!  Thanks for waiting so patiently while I gear the blog back up!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

screws and pins!

The world of diabetes is always out to get us.  No matter what we do we are at risk of not doing something or the risk of actually doing something and it all affects our diabetes.  Last sunday my buddy Jeff was riding along with myself and a gaggle of other people in a "Tour de Cure" tune up ride when I first blew a tire hitting the largest street sink hole on the planet.  So about eight of us fell into a second group that stayed together.  When we ride we don't leave any riders behind, that should be the motto of all diabetics as well in every aspect of our lives.  Anyways, back to the story at hand.  We were coming up to the second rest stop at about mile 20 when my friend Robin and I stayed at a stop sign to show the rest of our group where to turn.  Then we started towards the friendly gas station when we see up the hill Jeff start to turn then instantly go down.  I raced to see how my favorite diabetic buddy was and he was discombobulated, a bit shocked, sore, stiff, and out of it.  We knew instantly that it was time to call in for a car.  Jeff and another rider leave and he decides that the pain is just enough to visit the emergency room to get a professional opinion.  In the end he wound up doing some quality hip damage and in the picture above you can see one of the pins they put into his hip.

Jeff is now out of riding for something like six weeks, and not able to run for like ten weeks.  He is in good spirits and we joke about how the worst place on the planet for a diabetic to ever be is a hospital because we always get dumb questions like: do you take anything else for your diabetes besides insulin? Like insulin isn't enough to take for diabetes.  What I always take out of times like this, besides all the quality grandpa hip replacement jokes we get to make fun of Jeff with, is that we must always live our life to the fullest.  We can't sit around and be scared of diabetes and stuff.  We have to understand that anything can happen to us at any moment and doing nothing would mean not living life to the fullest. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Year!

I don't know why but it bugs me to hear people talk about new years resolutions, or even to ask me about mine.  The truth is I have one every year and it is the same as the year before and I haven't broken it yet.  It is to stay alive all year long.  40 years and counting and I still keep that one resolution.  The truth is that living with diabetes is a constant chain of resolutions, goals, and obstacles that everyone not just us chosen few diabetics should do.  There are the three month goals which is to get that A1C as close to that perfect range of 6.0 to 6.5 (OK, so that is my perfect range) where your endocrinologist isn't scared that you are having too many lows and where you feel comfortable around any other diabetic and accidentally comparing numbers (we aren't supposed to live by our numbers but that is the only thing that we have to go by). So mine is always above 7.0 and below 8.0 and that is why I just think we should just have colors instead of numbers, like green for 6.0 to 7.5 and yellow for 7.6 to 8.8 and lavender for everything else.  Anyways, we then have daily carb counting and insulin regime.  Then there is constant weight, sickness and everything else.

I really just enjoy doing the best I can and if one day is a failure I can pick it right back up where I fell off.  With a resolution it sounds like if you break it once you can't get back to it.  The idea of goals, ambitions, with lots of planning and positive influences are much better in my opinion than just thinking that since it is a new year we should just try to be better.  Let's show those without the sugar diabetes that a resolution is nothing and that daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly diabetes is a bad reminder but just the hand we were dealt with to keep us between the lines.