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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: May 9, 2012 10:32
  • If only I played tennis – I’d be going to Wimbledon!

    Well, joking aside.  I’ve been having a few health problems lately.  Not diabetes related, thank goodness, just plain ol’ normal human being ailments.  One of them being a gynecological problem – which I’ll find out more about after having finally seen a gynecologist  (over a 2 month wait for an ER visit - welcome to  Quebec’s health system – and the waiting game we play).  The gynecologist is suspecting endometriosis – but until the samples she took are analysed – and I see her mid-June – I’m in a holding pattern while I cope with feeling like a bloated pig and not having much energy.

    So, what I’ve been diagnosed this week is tennis elbowBillie Jean King – look out!  Not!!  What my physiotherapist is calling this condition for the 21st century is “technology elbow”.  She sees a lot of folks like myself, who work at computers all day long, as well as, and this surprised me, folks who text on their cells a lot.  Well, I have been sending out more text lately on my cell phone, and also since earlier this year, I’ve been working from my kitchen on my netbook (yes – I’ve amazed a lot of people that I can actually perform work from this little thing).  So, of course, kitchen table isn’t exactly ergonomics.  Since my first physio appointment a few days ago – I’m now religiously working from my basement office – but will get tips on how to make it more ergonomic hopefully not cause this problem anymore.  Check out this great video from an ergonomics consultant who knows her stuff!

    The other thing going thru’ my head … change occupations – but I love writing, researching, and heck it’s what pays my bills along with the other work I pick up here and there (I’m a Jill of All Trades).  So until I figure out another way to make a living – I’ll stick to what I am doing for now (though pole dancing is still one of my #1 dreams – to keep me fit). 

    So, while I get myself repaired (many thanks to my DH for finally giving me the shove to get this looked at – he’s worried I’ll be useless as crew on Jenna’s Journey <lol>), I’ll not be online as much as I like to be (sorry Facebook / Twitter followers).  My next step is to perhaps get a voice recognition program for my computer – that will allow me to compose what I type out manually, to give me some relief – but I’m thinking positive that once I’ve mastered how to not allow this to occur again – I’ll be back in the saddle again full time.

    Off to do some exercises – and take a break from this machine that goes bing!

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  • By: FatCatAnna: May, 09, 2012 21:13 PM
    Mais oui - but of course Joan I'd be wearing my ears as I slide down the pole (plunk on my behind - I'm ohhhh so elegant).  Inside joke here - is that I met up with Joan and her hubby last Friday in Cornwall. We'd never met before - only online over the past few years. I told her that she'd recognise me by my cat ears (did you notice I hadn't even plucked my whisker hairs???).  I walked all the way from our yacht club in Long Sault - down HWY 2 - wearing my cat ears - no one stopped to give me a lift / honk at me (and I was swishing my pretend tail).

    Oh - get this Joan - one of the members at SYC - when I showed off the BIG jar of Marmite you brought back from the UK - he said "awful putrid stuff".  During WW2 all he had to eat was Marmite on bread - now he hates the stuff - as well as powdered eggs.  He did take a sniff of the jar - and just about recoiled back into the wall!

    By: : May, 09, 2012 16:24 PM
    Ha!  a Pole Dancer with a Pump.....gotta be a first!!! LOL...  Don't quit your day job Anna.  Would you be also wearing the 'Ears'?   


    By: FatCatAnna: May, 09, 2012 15:24 PM
    Now Kelly, why did my post in Google Reader scare you sooo much? LOL  I have been trying to find the time to set up my a/c there at Bloggers.com - but am afraid - I've been spoiled by how easy Diabetes1.org has been making it easy for posting blog here at their website (if you don't believe me - give it a try one day).  I decided today - to at least announce the blog in Google Reader - and will continue - so hopefully it doesn't scare you so much next time. :)

    Believe it or not - here in Quebec we have too many specialists graduating out of med school.  Of course, those that graduate usually go elsewhere (e.g. USA - other provinces) - due to the need for them there.  Our province of Quebec and maybe other provinces here in Canada are trying to get more medical students to go into family practise - but for some - that's too boring - doesn't bring in enough cha ching!  I heard one GP who says he's never bored in his job - even if it means he has to write out referral slips to specialists - he feels being a GP is very rewarding.

    All I know is - that the one exercise my therapist gave me - I'm actually really hurting now.  I see her tomorrow for my 2nd session - and I'll let her know how I feel - incase I've been overdoing it. I know today, at Walmart - when I went to get some tinned food for puss cats - I couldn't carry the bag in that "injured" arm - I could last week - but again - maybe I've overdone it.  I know she is going to do some shoulder work - so I strengthen up the muscles there to compensate for the weakness of the elbow. I hope NOT to develop frozen shoulder with all of this happening - had it about 15 years ago - manipulati

    By: Kelly59: May, 09, 2012 11:25 AM
    You just gave me a heart attack - your post actually showed up in Google Reader for a change and scared the crap out of me! 

    Unfortunately it is not just the Canadian health system that has to wait for appointments like that - we don't have enough doctors here and getting to see a specialist is about a 3 month wait.  Hopefully you heal up soon!

    endometriosis (1) gyno (1) physio (1) gynecological (1) office (1) ergonomics (1) tennis elbow (1)

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