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A day the world will never forget


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Sep 11, 2009 14:08
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  • A day the world will never forget

    I don't think many of us will ever forget this day - and how it effected not only the ones that lost loved ones - but those of us who just stood by - not knowing what to do - feeling helpless.  I know that morning I was listening to the news - when the first plane hit the tower.  I thought - WTF - is this for real?  I immediately went and turned on the television - to watch - and to learn how quickly live can change forever.  Never before had the world witnessed terrible events broadcast live on their television screens. So much confusion that was difficult to put into words arose in such a short time.   I know I had called up my husband Mike at work - telling him what was happening.   He works in aviation as a mechanic on airplanes - so for him - it was hard to take - as I described to him the replay of what had happened - crying at the same time.  Thinking that this isn't a movie with a beefed up hero on the screen, this is for real!!!

    New York City 9/11

    I think most of us all day long just sat on the edges of our seat - not wanting to go anywhere except home - to be with our loved ones.  I know I felt lost. Remember the first time you saw an aircraft flying again?  I do, the silence in the skies changed - and it just seemed eerie to see a plane in the sky.  It was hard not to stare and think "what if?"  Sigh.

    The effects of 9-11 have changed how we travel by air today - to the point - that some people are still put off by it.  I know for myself, with the regulations on liquids - and being a diabetic - I didn't really want to fly if I didn't have to - once air flight was permitted in our skies again.   I have found that despite my annoyance in the beginning of being taken away to a secure area ever since I started wearing an insulin pump, while both my body and luggage were searched/swabbed, that it's not something I should feel guilty or annoyed at.  These officers have a duty to protect everyone, and if they let someone go through with an explosive substance, I want them caught!   According to a pump group I belong to, just 3 oz. can cause a very destructive explosion - something that I don't even like to type out here in plain view for all to read - but I am.

    What has scared me with some of the postings in forums on flying with a pump is some people will hide the fact that they wear a pump.  Using various methods to conceal it by removing metal clips that would perhaps send the metal detector off, placing it in areas that won't be so obvious due to it's bulge.  Even to the point of removing the pump and placing it in their luggage that goes underneath the aircraft!.  Why should they compromise their health/freedom just because of maybe a 20 minute delay in reaching their gate is what goes through my mind?

    As the link at TSA says - "Notify the Security Officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you."  What is so difficult about that if it means the security and safety of your fellow passengers on the plane you are flying on?

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