Speaking of reminiscing... Today (Tuesday) marks the 3rd anniversary of my near-death experience and subsequent health changes. Fortunately, I haven't dwelt too much about the whole diabetes thing on here, but I suppose the three or four of you still reading might want to know how things are going. Obviously, I'm still here, so that's a good thing. And after three years, I'm still a diabetic. However, I'm learning things on a regular basis. Due to taking better care of myself (as well as support from my meds), all my tests have come back with progressively good results. Blood pressure is finally back to an acceptable level after decades of being at a high level. Not take-some-pills-and-relax high, but higher than doctors would like. My cholesterol is quite average. It's always been in the "average" range, but now I'm lower in the average range. My triglycerides are also quite normal. The blood sugar numbers have finally stabilized at an acceptable range. After a year of being on the low side, I think we've gotten things to a happy place. I still have some high spikes, but they work themselves out within 12 hours, so all is good. My only bad numbers are my weight. I've fought that for all my life, so it shouldn't be any surprise that I'm still fighting.
As for my lifestyle, I've found that I'm not going to go into a coma if I have a piece of candy. I can go out for pizza and beer (in moderation) and not have to worry about it. I've even found that I can have a meal or two without taking insulin, and not have any ill effects (though I've only done that maybe twice). All in all, life is continuing on fairly normally.
Let's talk football. It's not the year that any of my teams have enjoyed over the previous five. In fact, they've had more losses combined this season already than they had combined for the previous three! The good news--they should all end pretty well. Not sure if my Griz can make the playoffs this season though. They pissed away two close games in the closing minutes, knocking them out of the top 25 for the first time since 1998. But I think they'll come back. Gucci and I will probably still have a bet this year. I hope.
I'm a bit more interested in the high school team this year. My nephew, a junior, is playing varsity this year, and has done very well. I went to see him play last week (the last time I went to watch this team play was for the state championship in '09--they lost). I was excited to see him, as he's a kick returner and wide receiver. The short story--they got hammered, 41-7. The worst defeat since 1974 (my senior year). Happy to report that things turned around this past weekend, as they won 54-31 (taking a 41-0 lead into halftime). The nephew ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, and added two more receptions for touchdowns. I'm not going to be allowed to watch him play...
At this time in years past I would have been encouraging everyone to support the annual Boobiethon. They announce last year that it was to be their last. Well, that's not quite true. "They" were convinced to continue, but it's under a different format than before. From their site:
"We are no longer pledging for Komen. If that is who you want to donate to, that's your choice. Our choice is to promote Breast Cancer Action. I think we all can agree that everyone is aware of breast cancer. Now it's time to focus on prevention and the cure."It's now also a month-long thing, so there's still time for you to check it out if you're so inclined.
Does anyone have any interest in doing a one-time HNT to mark the passing of a year without it?