A Tribute to My Father (NOT!)

CoffinYesterday morning my mother called and said that she had a second piece of good news for the day for me (I had called her earlier with some good news). My father, Albert Booth, died. Saying that he was an SOB is being nice and none of us have talked to him in years.

My childhood memories were filled with fear. We hid in closets when he went on his rampages. He put his fist thru doors, broke mirrors and anything that he could break. It wasn’t just people he took his anger out on – he kicked dogs across the room, threw them down stairs and over his shoulder. He was not a nice person.

My parents divorced the summer when I was in between the fourth and fifth grades. He was not a very nice person and her attorney advised her to leave town while the papers were being served on him. My aunt and uncle put us on a bus down to Washington DC and we stayed with one of my older cousins and her husband for awhile. Then we went to Harrisburg and stayed with my aunt and uncle there. When school started, we came back to town but stayed with my grandfather for awhile before coming home. It was safer that way.

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Happy Ice Cream Day!

A little bit of peanut butter ice cream for the 3rd Annual Diabetic Ice Cream Social:

 

Kelly Booth 3rd Annual Diabetic Ice Cream Social

DUI/Driving While Low: Kids in the Car

I read a post a couple of weeks ago in Facebook that really, really ticked me off. A woman left work and headed to her kids’ daycare to get them. She said she felt low and tested and was 50. She proceeded to get her two small boys, aged 4 and 6, get in the car and drive down the road to a store to get some “sugar” as she put it. She told her kids that she was low and not to let Mommy fall asleep. Almost as bad (I don’t think there is anything worse than putting her kids in the car and driving while low), even with normal blood sugar, she can’t see that she did anything wrong. In my book, there is no difference between what she did and someone that is drunk putting their kids in a car and driving down the road. I believe that this woman gets the most irresponsible mother of the year award.

Please don’t get me wrong and think that I am criticizing her (or anyone else for that matter) for being low – that is not my point. I have been there myself plenty of times. I went about 25 years before ever passing out – I thought it could never happen to me but it did. I was criticized by people that didn’t get it. Once after passing out, I looked at the 5 day period for blood sugars. I woke up about the same range, did the exact same thing every morning. Two mornings I stayed in range, two I went high and one I passed out. Trust me, I get it that the bottom just falls out sometimes!

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A Little Bit of Everything and Black Teeth!

What being on antibiotics too long does to your teeth!

A friend of mine posted this article in FB about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. Another one of her friends said that she used it and it worked so figured I would try it and have some fun with the pictures! I read that it makes a mess so I put on an old shirt first. Glad I planned on cleaning the bathroom anyway because it made a huge mess!

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Freaky Friday

Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Diabetes Blog Week 2013Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?

Honestly, I would rather deal with diabetes than some of the other chronic diseases. I know diabetes isn’t fun – I have complications so I know how much it sucks. I have woken up in the middle of the night soaking wet from sweating because of a low and had to change sheets because I was sweating so much. I have woken up to EMTs over me. Made trips to the ER because of lows.  I have passed out and woke up with no one around. I have gone high for no reason and I have gone low for no reason. I have been in DKA when I was sick.  I hate carrying all the extra garbage stuff with me when I go anywhere. Been there, done all that plus more!

That being said, I am able to adjust my insulin without my doctor’s permission. People with other chronic diseases are reliant on their doctors to give them a script for any drugs they need to take. If they feel they need more and their doctor doesn’t want to give them more, they are screwed. I can adjust my own. I don’t need to beg for more insulin.

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