Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bullets and an interview

First, I want to share a few things with you and then I will get to my interview from George.

---Riley's sugars have continued to be good. And, by good, I mean he's had some highs and only a couple of lows, and, neither lasted too long. I got a neat chart from Kevin (yes, his name is Kevin, not Scott) It's an Excel program where I log Riley's sugars and it has this neat little chart and everything, but I can't figure out how to post it. Every time I try blogger tells me it needs to be JPEG or something. If anyone can tell me how to do it, I'd appreciate it.

---The Cubs beat the Brewers 9 to 1 last night. Go cubbies!!! Maybe this year is the year. (But, I say that every year.)

---Sunday Holden was playing basketball and a few minutes into it, I hear "Oh, no, he's turned his ankle." I turned around to see Holden lying on the court holding his leg and groaning in pain. I had to run around a fence to get to him. By the time I got to him there was a little lump forming on the outside of his left ankle. Some people helped me get him to the car which was only a few feet away. And, by the time we got to the car, the lump was now the size of a golf ball.

I took him home to put some ice on it and get a good look at it. By the time we got home (1o minutes away) I had to cut his sock off and the lump was now the size of a grapefruit and growing by the minute. I put some ice up there and wrapped it with an ace wrap and we headed to the ER.

They did x-rays and the ER Dr. came in and said it was just a bad sprain and should be well in a week or two. He gave him a brace and some crutches and sent him on his way.

The next morning I was at a patient’s house and a girl at the office paged me and told me I needed to call the ER. When I did I was told that the radiologist had read Holden's x-ray and thought he had an avulsion fracture of his lateral malleolus. (Or the tip of his fibula, one of the bones that make up the ankle.)(What is an avulsion fracture? An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone in a place where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone. When an avulsion fracture occurs, the tendon or ligament pulls off a piece of the bone. )

So, we then went to the orthopedic Dr. He said that even if it was fractured, that the treatment was the same as a bad sprain. So, it's in an air cast and he's still on crutches. His foot and ankle are still about 3 times larger than they should be. And, his ankle and heel have turned a lovely shade of purple. He has to wear the cast for 4 weeks and the Dr. said it will probably continue to swell for about 6-8 weeks.

---Tomorrow is Easter, which is my most favoritists Holiday. It is the foundation for the Christian faith. I serve a risen Savior.

---Tomorrow is also Michael's birthday. Happy birthday!! I love you!!!

Now, on with the interview. If anyone would like for me to interview them, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll get back to you. I will try to come up with questions that are as good as George's.

1. If you had to live in a State entirely by yourself, which one would you choose?

Hmmm, I haven't done much traveling and I've always lived in North Carolina. So, I guess I'd have to choose NC. It has the ocean and the mountains. It really is a beautiful state. But, my goodness, how lonely I'd be.

2. Have you ever given a name to something you own? If so, tell us about it. (Like a car or blowdryer not a stuffed animal)

A blow dryer? Yes, my blow dryer is named Vicki after an old boss of mine who only blew hot air. (Just kidding) No, I can't recall ever naming a piece of equipment.

3. Think back to when you were 10 years old. At that time, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

This one is easy. I have it written down. I wanted to go to UNC Chapel Hill and after graduation I wanted to get married and have 2 children, a boy and a girl. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I don't know what kind of degree I wanted from UNC. I find it funny that I wanted to go to college, but then wanted to stay home with my kids. I guess it just shows how the importance of education was ingrained in me.

4. If you could have 30 minutes to interview anyone in the world, who would you choose? (They must be living)

OK, easy. It wouldn't be a world leader or a movie star, it would be my favorite NBA player, Adam Morrison.

I would love to interview him and ask how he manages all the day to day tasks of D while spending so many hours in the gym. I have so many questions it would be hard to fit into 30 minutes. Plus, it would probably take me 15 minutes just to find my voice. I can't imagine actually meeting him.

5. Name 5 bloggers that have touched your life and how. (in no particular order and not the top 5, just any 5. We do not want any hurt feelings in the OC) :)

OK, this one took a while to answer. And, they are in no particular order. Also, if you're not listed, it does not mean you haven't impacted my life. It just means that George narrowed it down to 5. All of you have touched my life in some way.

A) Kerri at
Six Until Me is who got me started blogging in the first place. I was on the Children With Diabetes chat room and someone up there linked to a post. It was She Still Smiles. From that, I was inspired to start my own blog. So, I would say she's definitely touched my life, by being the reason I started this journey in the first place. Plus, I've been a faithful reader of her blog ever since. To see how well she's done and how successful she is, gives me hope for Riley's future.

B) Vivian at
Danieldoo. She is who introduced me to The Diabetes OC. Once again, in the CWD chat room, I mentioned that I had a blog and Vivian was up there and linked me to her blog and also made me aware of the OC. I sent an email that night to have my blog added and the rest is history. I really don't know how I would have handled things if I didn't have this wonderful community to learn from and also to vent my feelings to.

And, Vivian is an inspiration to me. She has a child with D and a husband with MS. And, other children to take care of also. She has her down days like anyone else, but she always bounces back and handles those times with such grace. Also, she's started a website for families living with chronic illnesses , which I think is awesome.

C) Sandra at
A Shot in the Dark. She was one of the first people to comment on my blog and so I started reading hers fairly early on in my blogging journey. I identified with her because I think we are both very compulsive, if you will, about caring for our children's D. Sometimes when I read her posts I find myself nodding my head and swallowing the lump in my throat, because I can identify with every emotion she is describing. Her love for both her children is so eloquently displayed in her posts

.D) Scott at
Scott's Diabetes Journal. He's just so honest. He doesn't sugar coat anything. He tells it like it is, even if it isn't pretty. I love hearing his honest feelings on being an adult struggling with this disease. It gives me insight into how Riley might feel, but is not able to really articulate it to me.

E) Oh, I'm down to the last one, but I have so many more I want to talk about. OK, maybe in another post.

This is for someone who always makes me laugh, Carey at
Up high...Down low. The man is just funny. He has a five year old with D and writes about things that I experience on a daily basis, but he somehow always seems to find the humor in things. I always like to see when a post has been updated, because I know I'm in for a treat.


If not a mother... said...

I knew there weren't only Red Sox fans around the d-blogosphere...there had to be another Cubs fan.

Hope Holden heals fast!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I hope Holden heals fast, too.
And I'm happy to hear that Riley's numbers have been good!!

Have a great Easter :)

Shannon said...

Anon is me....I hate when that happens.

Carey said...

Shucks. Thanks for the shout out. As a loyal reader of your blog, that means a lot to me.

I get something positive out of most D-blogs, but there is obviously that direct connection we have as parents of little ones with diabetes. I can also relate to so much of what you share.

Got questions? Hit me. You can send to my alias - Ace Hotspray

Kerri. said...

I hope Holden is feeling better soon, and that Riley's sugars stick with their pattern of good behavior. :)

And thank you so much for mentioning my blog, Penny. You make me so proud to be a part of this community. Okay, I'm starting to get teary again so I'm going to try and blame it on Opening Day at Fenway and not on the fact that on any given day, a blogger can make me feel so supported that it brings me to tears.

-- Kerri.

Kevin said...

Hi Penny,

I've been pretty out of the loop lately, but thanks for getting my name right! (I'm totally kidding).

As far as how to get a picture from the Excel graph, I simply take a print screen of it (Alt-PrtScn) and paste it into any standard image software to resize it and save it as a jpeg. I wish there was an easier way, but I don't know of it.

Actually, I think Scott somehow converts it to a pdf file, but I don't know what the steps are to do that.