Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Lee Iococa

OK, I had my first crying spell today in a good while. And it's all because Lee Iococa's wife died several years ago from complications from Type I diabetes. Now, I wasn't crying because she and I were friends or anything, but because if she can die from complications, it stands to reason that Riley can too. I don't know what happened. Riley's been doing well lately, and I've been handeling everything pretty well. Then, I read about his wife and I became a blubbering idiot. I don't know her situation though. She could have been noncompliant for years or something. I don't know. It just scared the begisous out of me. I'm doing better now. I went to a chat room for parents of children with D and it helped a lot. There was one girl on there who has had D for 39 years and is doing fine, with no complications. I told you all that to tell you this. If you are a parent of a child with D and you are reading this, I strongly recommend you check out It is a great site with a lot of good info and it has a chat room for parents that I've found very helpful. There are parents on there who can pretty much help with whatever you're experiencing. They are also there if you ever just need to vent your feelings. And, if any of the "regulars" from the chat room are reading this ( and you know who you are) THANKS, I don't know what I'd do without you guys.


Keith said...

Penny, sounds like you're doing a great job with your son! I know it's tough and your scared with possible complications down the road, but just keep doing the best you can. I've had diabetes 37 years and have NO complications and I was on the old urine testing for the first 14 years. Treatment is so much better now and with you getting him off to such a great start he can probably have a normal life expectancy. Keep up the good work and keep your chin up!!!


Penny Ratzlaff said...

Thanks, Keith. I always love hearing the stories of the people who have had diabetes for years and are free of complications. It is very encouraging to me.

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