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Posted: May 26, 2009 10:08
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  • Juvenile Onset Diabetic Nominated to Supreme Court

    Juvenile-onset diabetic (and Nancy Drew lover) Judge Sonia Sotomayor was just nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayor was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8 and apparently, fortunately, with a mom as a nurse.  She was told she could not be a police officer or private investigator due to her diabetes.  She was told to downgrade her aspirations … there’s a downgrade; Second Circuit  Court, US District Appellate Court Judge and potentially, Supreme Court Justice.

     

    I do not know any more about her than what I just heard but I obviously, can’t help but say “go girl.”  I sure can’t be prouder that one of "us" has ignored the ominous beliefs of juvenile onset diabetes and kicked butt and be nominated to one of the most important positions in the country!!!  Go Judge Sotomayor.

     

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  • By: FatCatAnna: May, 29, 2009 13:31 PM

    I agree with you JujuPhi!  I think having diabetes has made me do things that others might not consider doing.  Not exactly sure why it causes us to do this - I'm not a head shrink.   Perhaps it's to prove to the world that we can do anything that we set our minds too!!!  Nothing can stop us - whoo! whoo!


    By: JujuPhi: May, 29, 2009 11:38 AM

    I second that, Doris!!  She is an incredibly intelligent person and I am confident that Diabetes only made her a stronger person!  Go Judge Sotomayor!!!


    By: FatCatAnna: May, 28, 2009 14:04 PM

    Doris - Go to this link and you'll learn more about Judge Sonia Sotomayor - it's a very good read (from the White House Press Office).



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    Posted: May 26, 2009 8:51
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  • But the Doctor Said So

    It is an all too frequent occurrence to hear diabetics or their families say “but the doctor told me…”  Guess what.  The behaviors evoked from those words kill.

     

    When do we usually hear these words?  We hear this phrase when the patient has been diagnosed with a major complication that is debilitating, life threatening or potentially life ending.  Guess what.  After many warnings from me about infrequent blood sugar testing, ridiculously high blood sugar targets and not injecting insulin with meals and snacks, etc. Bumper has a “sore” that is likely to result in lopping off his foot.

     

    For those who do not know my story of Bumper, he is my mate’s grandfather.  Over the last 13 years, he has become more of a grandfather to me than my own.  Diabetes runs in this family primarily due to obesity – including Bumper’s.  No one thinks twice about serving him or themselves large chunks of cake, pie, or cookies without insulin, exercise or another blood sugar lowering/insulin sensitizing treatment to offset the carbohydrates. 

     

    In fact, the moronic doctors and nurses most recently decided that one shot a day, as opposed to long acting plus rapid acting insulin (which he’d been injecting by himself for years) were sufficient since, you see, the “new insulin” Levemir lasts 24 hours!  I tried to explain I take Levemir three times a day because it does not last 24 hours.  I also tried to explain you still need insulin for food.  That got me – but we used Splenda (in the apple pie).  Obviously, I got nowhere except thrown out of the house because the doctor said so!  That is, the doctor said this negligent treatment plan was “all good.” 

     

    The other all too typical response I get is “he’s old.”  Translation – he’s old; feed him whatever he wants; it doesn’t matter he’d have dementia away, he doesn’t need his foot; diabetics lose feet; no big deal, etc. etc.  Well, after 32 years of diabetes, I still have my feet, why shouldn’t he have his?  Idiots.  All of these assertions are entirely infuriating.  Just because you are a 93-year-old diabetic doesn’t mean “end of life” has to be like this.  And why do they refuse to listen to someone who has more experience with successfully being a diabetic than this knucklehead doctors have in their left pinkies?

     

    We know that high blood sugar causes dementia.  We know high blood sugar causes sores that result in amputation.  We know that high blood sugar causes heart disease.  The mere act of having diabetes does NOT cause these complications.  Many of us know and accept the real definition of high blood sugar is not 200 or even 150, it is anything higher than 85.  In other words, it is not what most doctors say and they are causing the complications. 

     

    So, as I continue to watch the unnecessary "end of life" demise of this man I know and care so much about and the likelihood of the amputation of his foot due to negligence I am angry.  I am frustrated.  I feel helpless.  So what can I do?  I can continue to write.  I continue to try to use my voice so that this god-awful, accepted treatment of diabetics (regardless of age) might some day stop. 

     

    Oh … and before I forget, ode to my friend Kelly whose foot was saved by an incredible wound-care physician and a hypobaric oxygen chamber – what Bumper is not good enough to leave the confines of an inept country bumpkin hospital to find similar to treatment to Kelly’s?   The phrase “hypobaric” chamber has not come up (except from me); they immediately went to “amputate”!!!  Ask yourself, is that the quality of care you want?  If it is not, speak up for other diabetics regardless of their age or any other excuses.  No one deserves this.  And for those who say, it is none of your business, remember, it easily could be you and you’d want someone to make it THEIR business if you couldn’t.

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  • By: FatCatAnna: May, 28, 2009 13:59 PM

    I know how you feel about trying to educate people about diabetes.  I have tried my best a few times with a few of my friends - but it generally lands on deaf ears and they have that far away expression in their eyes as I drone on.  One of my friends - only a diabetic of 10 years - suffers from neuropathy and is in constant pain (he has a unusual form of neuropathy - not sure of the specific medical name). Anyway, I think he's afraid of being near me now when I start to thump the bible of "how to live life as a healthy diabetic" on the dinner table (okay - I try not to do it all the time - but his wife wants him to learn off of me).  I even told him I'd live with him for a few weeks - and show him the ropes.  Oh well, some people just don't care - they live for the moment - but let's hope that one day - they see the light before it's too late!  I mean, you can still eat your cake (a not so large piece) and still maintain a good BG - I know I can. :)



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